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The Three Sounds: Groovin' Hard: Live at the Penthouse 1964-1968

Read "Groovin' Hard: Live at the Penthouse 1964-1968" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In the five years spanning 1958 to '62, not only a time of great consolidation and experimentation in jazz but a glorious age for the label, who would you guess was Blue Note Records' best-selling act? Thanks to their nine albums and nearly two dozen more jukebox singles, it was The Three Sounds.

Led ...

Groovin’ Hard In Every Style

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Big Mean Sound Machine
Runnin' for the Ghost
Peace & Rhythm | Blank Slate Records
2017

On Runnin' for the Ghost, Big Mean Sound Machine sounds intent on obliterating every imaginable musical border: the lines between regional or geographic styles, the divide between acoustic and electronic instruments, the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Peter Frampton & Cheap Trick at The Paramount

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Peter Frampton & Cheap Trick
The Paramount
Huntington, NY
July 29, 2015

Frampton Comes Alive! (A&M, 1976) and Live At Budukan (Epic, 1978) are two of the most iconic live recordings of the past 40-or-so years. As such, it's only fitting (and inevitable) that Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick would eventually ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

A Half-Million Dollars: Biographies of Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis

Read "A Half-Million Dollars: Biographies of Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It was December 4, 1956. The famous black and white, now sepia photograph snapped that winter afternoon shows four young men, silhouetted against acoustic tile, making joyful noise. Three of the four were standing around the one at the piano, the one who would be king. When this photograph was taken, two of the men were ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Chris Isaak at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Chris Isaak
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Long Island, NY
September 7, 2014

Chris Isaak likes to make a splash.

The perpetually youthful musician burst onto the stage the way he burst onto the music scene 30 years ago, when he signed to Warner Brothers and subsequently released the CD ...

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Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Tracy Nelson and Del Ray at the Musical Instrument Museum

Read "Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Tracy Nelson and Del Ray at the Musical Instrument Museum" reviewed by Patricia Myers

Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Tracy Nelson and Del Ray
Musical Instrument Museum
“Saluting the Pioneers of Women Who Rock"
Phoenix, Arizona
October 16, 2013

Four women musicians performed a joyous tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Memphis Minnie, black pioneers in gospel and early blues styles that became the roots ...

Anthony Strong: Stepping Out

Read "Stepping Out" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Not too many years ago it seemed that the art of the male jazz vocalist was heading in the same direction as black and white televisions and 8-track cartridges. One or two notable voices kept the flame alive, but new, young, vocal talent wasn't emerging. Then it started: a slow process, but new male singers began ...

Reliving Elvis

Read "Reliving Elvis" reviewed by Skip Heller

No matter how much is written, or by whom, Elvis Presley remains impossible to explain. The usual “young white rocker who could sing black" is as inaccurate as any standing American mythology. His legacy has been as mangled as his career was, often to the detriment of the work itself. Yes, at the time of his ...

Beyond The Blues

Read "Beyond The Blues" reviewed by Skip Heller

Back when I was a kid--I was born in 1965--the first comprehensive push for children's education about American Black History was on. Elementary school libraries suddenly included books about Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and George Washington Carver, and there were even a few books about jazz and blues for young readers.

I wish I could ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Darren Jay and the Delta Souls: Drink My Wine

Read "Drink My Wine" reviewed by James Nadal

On any given weekend there are young musicians who are out to make their bones performing at local venues that will give them an opportunity to play their music. The genre of choice for the drinking crowd is usually blues-drenched covers, so that the audience can relate to and enjoy the show. Out of this scenario ...