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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip

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Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter in the Grateful Dead's Long Strange Trip
Joel Selvin with Pamela Turley
288 Pages
ISBN: #978-0306903052
Da Capo Press
2018

Joel Selvin's Fare Thee Well may end up equally parts enlightening and disillusioning for whoever reads it. Drawing upon his coverage of the ...

Grateful Dead: The Best of the Grateful Dead Live

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A companion piece to 2015's similarly-titled compendium of studio recordings, The Best of the Grateful Dead Live may be likewise redundant for long-time fans of the iconic group. But it is well to remember there are many new listeners and followers, many of whom are helping sell-out Dead & Company tours of recent years, for whom ...

Stephen Inglis: Cut The Dead Some Slack

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Guitarist/vocalist Stephen Inglis' take on the Grateful Dead, Cut The Dead Some Slack, constitutes a logical extension of that iconic band's idiosyncratic approach to making music. A more succinct approach than a two-CD set might've heightened the impact of this project, but regardless, the wide range of material this man chose highlights just how inspiring are ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Remembering John Perry Barlow - Grateful Dead Lyricist, Tech Futurist

Remembering John Perry Barlow - Grateful Dead Lyricist, Tech Futurist

It's inadequate to call John Perry Barlow a product of the 1960's since he did so much to help shape it and the decades that followed. If being a lyricist for the Grateful Dead weren't enough, his “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace", published 22 years ago this week, and his work as a founding member of ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

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For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Grateful Dead: RFK Stadium 1989 Box

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Not nearly the rare or expansive likes of Get Shown The Light (Grateful Dead/Rhino, 2017), including the vaunted Cornell '77 concert, The Grateful Dead's RFK Stadium 1989 Box is nevertheless a deceptively lavish box set (note the gold foil adorning the band's moniker on the front cover). Perhaps because it is now one of a string ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ruba Shamshoum: Shamat

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Though a graduate of Dublin's Newpark Music Centre in jazz performance, Ruba Shamshoum's delightful debut CD doesn't fall neatly into any particular category. What does these days? The Palestinian-born, Dublin-based singer infuses elements of jazz with her Middle Eastern roots on these nine originals, ably backed by some of the country's finest musicians, who straddle the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Higher Ground

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood
The Ballroom at Higher Ground
South Burlington, VT
November 5, 2017

Sunday November 5th was the first night following the end of daylight savings time, which might have held some portent for the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, a group whose leader places so much stock in the mystical. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

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Wadada Leo Smith has been on an amazingly productive streak the last few years, creating ambitious work for all kinds of configurations, large orchestras, string ensembles, quartets, duos and solo. About the only format he hadn't explored lately was the dense electronic jazz-rock he's played in the past with his groups Organic and Yo! Miles. With ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Autumn 2017

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Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

Jim Yanda Trio
Regional Cookin'
Corner Store Jazz
2017

There's an uncanny similarity ...