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Content by tag "The Band"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 23-26, 2017

Amongst the most significant challenges that face any festival is, as the gray and no-hair crowd continues to age, finding ways to cultivate and grow a younger audience. But when you're a Canadian festival, another major challenge is a simple fiscal fact: most ...

Hudson: Hudson

Read "Hudson" reviewed by Doug Collette

It should come as no surprise that the 'super-group' Hudson have a sound so distinct it defies easy categorization. Percussionist Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski and guitarist John Scofield are four individuals sharing an inclination for adventure tempered with a wealth of experience that imparts no small amount of humility to this collaborative ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Robbie Robertson: Testimony and Michael Nesmith: Infinite Tuesday: an Autobiographical Riff

Read "Robbie Robertson: Testimony and Michael Nesmith: Infinite Tuesday: an Autobiographical Riff" reviewed by Doug Collette

Robbie Robertson's Testimony and Michael Nesmith's Infinite Tuesday are both illuminating books, but only in decidedly constricted fashion. The insight each man offers into their respective timelines, as part of and apart from their famous groups, passes through filters of which neither author are wholly cognizant. The lead guitarist and chief songwriter for the Band sounds ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Last Waltz 40 Tour at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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The Last Waltz 40 Tour
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
February 3, 2017

On November 25, 1976 (Thanksgiving), the Canadian-American rock group the Band gave its farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. The concert was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into the documentary, The Last Waltz. The ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Way Down Inside: Songs of Willie Dixon

Read "Way Down Inside: Songs of Willie Dixon" reviewed by Doug Collette

Big Head Todd and the Monsters have been fans of blues music since their first days together playing music in high school, so it only makes sense they'd eventually record am album in this seminal form. Accordingly, in 2011 the band delved into the blues with their first 'Big Head Blues Club' project, 100 Years of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Wood Brothers at Higher Ground

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The Wood Brothers
Higher Ground Ballroom
South Burlington, Vermont
February 6, 2017

In the decade plus they've played together, the Wood Brothers have made a habit of coming to Vermont virtually every year and their near-sell-out appearance in the ballroom of Higher Ground was almost exactly twelve months since their last ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Bob Dylan: No Direction Home - Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition

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Bob Dylan
No Direction Home: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition
Capitol Records
2016

As originally released a decade ago, Martin Scorcese's Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home is so deeply illuminating it really bears no revisionism that would improve it, at least on its own terms. In turns exhilarating and chilling, particularly ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood at The Rusty Nail

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood
The Rusty Nail
Stowe, Vermont
August 5, 2016

In its third visit to Vermont in as many years, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood betrayed scant evidence of the transition apparent on their recently-released record Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel (Silver Arrow, 2016). On the ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Band Photographs 1968-1969

Read "The Band Photographs 1968-1969" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Band Photographs 1968-1969
Elliott Landy
160 Pages
ISBN: # 149502251X
Backbeat Books
2015

As much as the Band disavowed imagemaking, preferring to focus as strictly as possible on their music when they emerged from the shadows Bob Dylan's backing ensemble, when embarked upon their own career, they definitely ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dave Douglas Quintet: Brazen Heart

Read "Brazen Heart" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Leading a quintet whose debut recording, Be Still (Greenleaf Music, 2012) was an elegiac song cycle dedicated to his late mother, Dave Douglas' Brazen Heart, sadly, finds the trumpeter / composer in mourning once again. Damon Douglas, Dave's brother, passed away in June 2015. Yet, the overall tenor of Brazen Heart is completely different than Be ...


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