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Sparky Parker: In the Dark

Read "In the Dark" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Crafting the perfect riff has been the goal of every blues and rock guitarist since Jimi Hendrix first began channeling Albert King. Welding a memorable theme to jaw-dropping technique is the surest way for a budding guitarist to elevate his or her reputation. Houston, Texas' Sparky Parker's debut opens with one of those defining ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Lydia Pense & Cold Blood: The Endless Summer of Love

Read "Lydia Pense & Cold Blood: The Endless Summer of Love" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Fifty years ago, the Woodstock Festival blazed the music scene and put modern society on the map. Yes, it was the era of hippies, counterculture, peace, love, and dope. The west coast made its own lasting impression with the far-out, peaceful, yet happening, streets of San Francisco. The rich music scene was as potent as the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada July 2-6, 2019 The festival celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with the usual dazzling array of musical offerings. And a few that were unusual: including concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of ECM Records (founder Manfred Eicher was awarded the Bruce ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Boz Scaggs: Out Of The Blues

Read "Out Of The Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's been quite a while since Boz Scaggs' massive commercial breakthrough with Silk Degrees (Columbia, 1976), but even longer since he debuted as a solo artist, upon his departure from The Steve Miller Band, with his eponymous (domestic) debut album. Permeated with a soulful sense of the blues---even apart from the late Duane Allman's now-famous incendiary ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

2018 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Multiple Venues Ottawa, Canada June 21-June 26, 2018 For its 2018 edition, the 39th annual TD Ottawa Jazz Festival faced a number of significant logistical challenges. First, Confederation Park, which has traditionally been the location of its large, outdoor venue, a food court and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Miller Band: Ultimate Hits

Read "Ultimate Hits" reviewed by Doug Collette

In the near fifty years since the release of his debut album Children of the Future (Capitol, 1968)-produced by Glyn Johns prior to his work with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Eagles-Steve Miller has issued his share of anthologies, including one by that very title. Compiled and produced by the artist himself, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs At The Paramount

Read "Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs At The Paramount" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs The Paramount Huntington, NY July 5, 2017 Michael McDonald has had a long and storied career. In the early days he was a member of Steely Dan's touring group. Over time he became one of the many adjunct members of the band, working on 1975's Katy ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Steve Miller: Anatomy Of Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame Rant

Steve Miller: Anatomy Of Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame Rant

Recent Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller had some choice words to say about the Hall of Fame's treatment and selection process, not all of it glowing. Here we look at an excerpt from an interview Miller did with Billboard regarding the event. Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 I’ve been ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Joe Louis Walker - Live in Istanbul

Read "Joe Louis Walker - Live in Istanbul" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Joe Louis Walker Live in Istanbul MVD Visual Valutazione: * * * 2015 Un Louis Walker energico e pimpante, più giovane di vent'anni (oggi ne ha 67), è il protagonista di questo DVD ripreso a Istanbul in uno dei periodi più felici della sua carriera. Tra i protagonisti ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Steve Miller and Jimmie Vaughan at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Read "Steve Miller and Jimmie Vaughan at Jazz at Lincoln Center" reviewed by Nick Catalano

No matter what the style where African-American influences and developments upon the modern music scene have been pervasive--work songs, ragtime, jazz, stride, and boogie-woogie, the most important contribution has been the Blues. The country Blues as heard by pioneers such as Robert Johnson, The City Blues epitomized by Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, Rhythm n' Blues ...


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