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Content by tag "John Martyn"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Found Alive! Man In Blue Suede Shoes Wanted For Questioning.

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Colin Towns' Mask Orchestra
LSO St. Lukes
London
October 17, 2015

The gap between the music that Colin Towns makes and much that currently passes for jazz grew even wider last weekend. Performing compositions from his new double CD Drama with his stellar Mask Orchestra, the composer-bandleader revealed the music's potential ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

BGO Records: Excellence in Jazz Reissues

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In the digital age we live in, there is no doubt that the business of reissuing music is booming. It has never been easier to get music, old and new, in digital or physical form. However, one thing is to re-release a record; another thing is to do it the right way. BGO Records, run by ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

A Madman’s Approach To Music And Why Can't Music Be Like A Tree?

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"Art alone makes life possible." --Joseph Beuys.

The Glasgow Improvisers' Orchestra is unique. It's an over-used word, I know, but in this case fully justified. GIO are unique in so many ways--in the way they formed, the way they make decisions, in their make-up, how they work and most importantly how they sound. They ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

John Martyn: Grace & Danger

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John Martyn
Grace & Danger
Island Records
1980

Today's Rediscovery is the late, great singer/songwriter John Martyn's classic Grace & Danger.

Martyn emerged, in the mid-'60s, as a singer/songwriter with surprising facility on guitar and a pure, emotive voice. At a time when bands like Fairport Convention were exploring ...

Davy Graham: Anthology - 1961-2007 Lost Tapes

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Davy Graham

Anthology: 1961-2007 Lost Tapes

Les Cousins

2012

In the sixties, English guitarist Davy Graham acquired near-legendary status as a guitar hero in the folk and blues clubs of Britain, being credited with single-handedly inventing the folk-guitar instrumental, in a way that parallels similar work in America by John Fahey. Although ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Barb Jungr / Kuljit Bhamra / Russell Churney: Durga Rising

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Durga Rising was recorded in 1996 but not properly released at the time. Featuring Barb Jungr on vocals, Kuljit Bhamra on percussion and Russell Churney on piano, it seems likely to attract more attention today than it did back in 1996. Since then, Jungr has enjoyed a burgeoning solo career accompanied by a string of awards ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Singer/songwriter Christopher Brant Anderson returns with stunningly beautiful new album

Few artists capture the folksy warmth and rain-swept beauty of the Pacific Northwest as eloquently as singer/songwriter Christopher Brant Anderson. Anderson's supple acoustic guitars speak a language all of their own. Whether they're striving for campfire intimacy or bristling with a melancholic ache, they live and breathe and cast an indelible spell. On his latest album ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Johnny Boy Would Love This…A Tribute to John Martyn

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With the release of Heaven and Earth (Hole in the Rain, 2011), it seems that the world has heard the last of John Martyn, who passed away in 2009 a few months shy of his 61st birthday. This most personal of singer/songwriters has left a remarkable legacy, and while Johnny Boy Would Love This...A Tribute to ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

John and Beverley Martyn: The Road To Ruin

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John and Beverley Martyn

The Road To Ruin

Universal/Island

2005 (1970)

The posthumous release of guitarist/vocalist/songwriter John Martyn's Heaven And Earth (Hole In The Rain, 2011)--the basic tracks extensively overdubbed, though not edited, by producers Garry Pollitt and Jim Tullio following Martyn's death in 2009--is welcome. Compositionally, it is not ...

John Martyn: Heaven and Earth

Read "Heaven and Earth" reviewed by John Kelman

In a world filled with happiness and hurt, there's a gaping chasm between those that are aware and those that aren't. When John Martyn passed away months before his 60th birthday in 2009, the world lost one of the most painfully confessional singer/songwriters of the past half century. “Some people keep diaries," said Phil Cunningham in ...


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