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Impressions of Monterey Jazz Festival 2017: MJF At 60

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Monterey, CA
September 15-17, 2017

The 60th edition of the long running Monterey Jazz Festival 2017 was well received. This year boldly continued the MJF's opulent tradition of presenting a special blend of fantastic jazz and other music genres in a casual ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Monterey Jazz Festival 2017

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Beautiful sunshine and perfect temperatures, were the backdrop for the 60th Monterey Jazz Festival. Coupled with good food and jazz lovers everywhere, the setting for an incredible weekend. But, this was only the icing. The “cake" was 500 musicians showing up for work, including some of the greatest jazz artists of all time. Headlining the hit ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Hermeto Pascoal: Slaves Mass

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Hermeto Pascoal
Slaves Mass
Warner Bros.
1977

It's not hard to see why the creator of today's Rediscovery, Hermeto Pascoal, was such a significant figure to everyone from Miles Davis and Gil Evans to Herbie Hancock and, of course, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, who co-produced Slaves Mass. Had the Brazilian multi-instrumentalist only ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Frank Zappa, due decenni dopo

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Il 4 dicembre 2013 cadeva la ricorrenza del secondo decennale dalla scomparsa di Frank Zappa. Sono passati venti anni da quando una delle maggiori personalità musicali del XX secolo è venuta a mancare, stroncato da un male incurabile, lasciando un vuoto incolmabile nel mondo dell'arte contemporanea. Anche se la sua musica ha avuto un'enorme influenza su ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jef Lee Johnson: It's Been So Long Since I've Seen with My Eyes

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[ Editor's Note: This 2002 article was republished in memory of Jef Lee Johnson who died at age 54 on January 28, 2013. ]

Jef Lee Johnson is a true American original and a true American gift to the musical world. Guys like Jef are the embodiment of every reason to use the phrase, “He's ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

55th Monterey Jazz Festival: September 21-23, 2012

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA
September 21-23, 2012
Standing out this year at the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, as expected, were the three honorees--Ambrose Akinmusire, Bill Frisell and Jack DeJohnette. Besides receiving accolades they also had busy schedules, appearing in concerts in the festival for three-days, Sept. 21-23, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Northern ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Anil Prasad: Inner Views, Borderless Perspectives

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He may not be a household name and you likely won't hear him mentioned in music journalism classes alongside Robert Christgau, Lester Bangs and Anthony DeCurtis. But for those familiar with his work, Anil Prasad is considered among the most knowledgeable, provocative and forward-thinking music journalists in the world today.

In 1994, Prasad ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Genesis: The Movie Box 1981-2007

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Genesis
Genesis: The Movie Box: 1981-2007
Rhino Records
2009

With its entire audio discography now remixed and remastered on 1976-1982 (Rhino, 2007), 1983-1998 (Rhino, 2007), 1970-1975 (Rhino, 2008), and, most recently, Live: 1973-2007 (Rhino, 2009), legendary progressive popster Genesis finishes its series with Genesis: The Movie Box. Like the Live CD ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ed Palermo: We're Only In It For The Music

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It's got to be love, hasn't it? Why else would someone bother to transcribe 200 of Frank Zappa's tunes? For what other reason would someone dedicate himself for over 15 years to presenting his arrangements of Zappa's music in the setting of a 17-piece jazz big band, and at a loss to boot?

Yes, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Live 1973-2007

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With all of British mega-group Genesis' studio discography now available in remixed/remastered form, including 5.1 surround mixes and a bevy of bonus audio and video features, the only commercial material left to receive engineer Nick Davis' careful attention is its series of four live albums. These begin with Genesis Live (Charisma, 1973) and end with The ...