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Blackberry Smoke: Find A Light

Read "Find A Light" reviewed by Doug Collette

Since that flash-point in the Fifties by which blues and country musics were fused into rock and roll, this hybrid has evolved via a seemingly endless series of permutations, the most derivative of which are an amorphous amalgamation of influences. In contrast, the most memorable instances--or at least the ones with the most potential for extended ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

R.E.M.: Automatic For The People - 25th Anniversary Edition

Read "Automatic For The People - 25th Anniversary Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

If the anniversary packages of R.E.M.'s discography, like Automatic For The People, seem to be arriving in quick succession, that's because the band hit an extraordinarily prolific stride around a quarter century ago. Breaking beyond the boundaries of their previously-established and recognizable style with Green (Warner Bros., 1988), the foursome continued into the next decade writing, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jonny Lang: Signs

Read "Signs" reviewed by Doug Collette

The weathered voice recounting life's travails on the opening track of Signs, “Make It Move," is in marked contrast to the boyish countenance of Jonny Lang as pictured on the cover of the album. The distortion on his electric guitar, however, suits the chain-gang song likes of that number, even as it leads directly into the ...

Imelda May: Life. Love. Flesh. Blood.

Read "Life. Love. Flesh. Blood." reviewed by Doug Collette

Collaborating with Jeff Beck, Imelda May's kitschy presence as preserved for posterity on the iconic guitar hero's Rock 'n' Roll Party (Honoring Les Paul) (Atco, 2011)is in stark contrast to the sultry black and white portrait that adorns Life. Love. Flesh. Blood.

Not surprisingly, then, the British chanteuse stakes out an equally sensuous, shadowy ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Introducing…Ruben Gonzalez" Out June 16 Via World Circuit Records

"Introducing…Ruben Gonzalez" Out June 16 Via World Circuit Records

RE-ISSUE FEATURES EXTENDED AND UNRELEASED TRACKS ON DOUBLE 180gm VINYL AND CD “The greatest piano soloist I have ever heard in my life. He’s like a Cuban cross between Thelonious Monk and Felix the Cat.” —Ry Cooder “Gonzalez was known for his suave virtuosity and playful charisma.” —NPR Music Introducing…Ruben Gonzalez, the classic debut album by the famed Cuban ...

Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon a Star

Read "When You Wish Upon a Star" reviewed by Ian Patterson

There's something undeniably powerful about the music of one's youth, whether it be the theme tune to a much loved children's TV show, the pop music of our teens or the soundtracks to the classic films that signpost the passing of the years. When You Wish Upon a Star pays tribute to well-known film and television ...

Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon a Star

Read "When You Wish Upon a Star" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Chi di Bill Frisell conosce le passioni non si stupirà per quest'album interamente dedicato alle musiche da film. La frequentazione del chitarrista, compositore e band leader di Baltimora con le musiche per il cinema è di lunga data. Numerose sono le colonne sonore da lui composte in un ventennio -si potrebbe partire dal lungometraggio La Scuola ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon a Star

Read "Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon a Star" reviewed by John Kelman

While jazz and interpretation are hardly strange bedfellows, few musicians have managed to be both as deeply reverent to his source music and profoundly personal and in his approach as guitarist Bill Frisell. That's not to suggest his re-imaginings of other composers' works have been anything remotely approaching predictable; as early as his first “covers" record, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jovan Alexandre Launches Weekly NYC Jazz Residency At The Music Room At Carroll Place

Jovan Alexandre Launches Weekly NYC Jazz Residency At The Music Room At Carroll Place

SETS AT 10PM AND MIDNIGHT EVERY THURSDAY BEGINNING JANUARY 29 DEBUT ALBUM COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS OUT FEBRUARY 24 “Jovan Alexandre is one of the most exciting new voices to emerge on the tenor saxophone— conceptually—in a long time. A gifted composer, his personal sound can seem variously molten and sharp-cornered within the same tune, sometimes almost within the same phrase. There’s an ...

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Etienne Charles’ "Creole Soul" To Be Released July 23 On Culture Shock Music

Etienne Charles’ "Creole Soul" To Be Released July 23 On Culture Shock Music

WORLD TOUR BEGINS APRIL 27 “Mr. Charles knows how to make an album more than just a calling card for a small band, and how to sequence it too; he’s an auteur.” —The New York Times Trinidad-born trumpeter Etienne Charles' fourth full-length release, Creole Soul, is due July 23 on Culture Shock Music. An exploration of Charles’ musical ...