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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

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: ALBUM REVIEWS

Theo Travis: Open Air

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It's been a very busy decade for Theo Travis. The British reed/woodwind multi-instrumentalist has appeared, to varying degrees, on literally every album that Steven Wilson has released since turning to a solo career in 2009--from Insurgentes and 2011's Grace for Drowning (Kscope), through 2013's best-selling The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories), 2015's commercial ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

AA.VV.: The Breaks - 15th Anniversary Crystal Edition

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Destini e destinazioni della musica nera si incrociano in questa raccolta - nuovo capitolo di una fortunata serie della sempre hip Harmless - dedicata ai brani più campionati dagli alfieri dell'hip-hop. Si incrociano perché di base The Breaks suona, seppur ottima, come una delle tante raccolte di soul, funk e R&B in circolazione, ma è anche un doppio ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

AA.VV.: Mellow Mellow - 15th Anniversary Crystal Edition

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Curioso il destino - potenziale - di questa raccolta: quelle che per molti ascoltatori esigenti potrebbero sembrare solo canzoni melense e fondamentalmente da dimenticare [a meno di non avere qualche ricordo sentimentale annesso], hanno ispirato pochi mesi fa sulle pagine di The Wire, una serie di stimolanti considerazioni sul ruolo della memoria da parte del sempre acuto David ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Aa.Vv.: Spiritland - The Funk & Soul Of Blue Eyed Rock

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C'è stato un momento della storia della popular music in cui furono davvero in molti a “volere la pelle nera": liberandosi progressivamente dalle catene di una destinazione solo afroamericana e immettendosi a pieno titolo - e con tutte le annesse contraddizioni - all'interno del grande fiume del mercato pop, la musica nera ha segnato indelebilmente la maggior parte delle ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Theo Travis: Eleven Bowls of Acidophilus Flute Salad

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Anyone who has wondered about the inclusion of music by the reputed space-rock band Gong in jazz annals should consider the recent release by the group's current saxophonist and flautist, Theo Travis. In addition to the well-received Earth to Ether, Travis has been active around the UK and abroad with his own band Cipher, but his ...