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NEWS: RECORDING

The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper at 50

The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper at 50

Fifty years ago today, Capitol Records released the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Bandin the U.S. Two months later, my Aunt Mary gave me the album for my birthday. Astonishingly, nothing from the album was released as a single for AM radio. At 11, I was a big Beatles fan, but I couldn't figure out ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Colin Hay at the Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture

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Colin Hay
Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture
New York, NY
March 18, 2017

Had Colin Hay not made his mark as a musician with Men At Work and as a solo performer, he'd surely have gained fame as a stand-up comedian. Hay has a wickedly ...

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: FILM REVIEWS

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years

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The Beatles
Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years (2 DVD Deluxe Edition)
Universal Music Group
2016

Even with an almost immediately coincidental announcement of home video release in the early fall of 2016, Ron Howard's Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years elicited a response so great on its initially limited ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Duane Allman at 70: A Reflection

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The actor James Dean once said, “If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live after he's died, then maybe he was a great man." James Dean is perhaps the charter member of a modern subset of such individuals who, due to modern technology, live on in the consciousness of ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl

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In casual talk and conversation now some half a century since the explosion of their popularity, the Beatles can seem a quaint phenomenon from the Sixties. But such a notion disappears when their music is playing as is the case with The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl.

A companion piece to Eight Days ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Anton Fig: Behind The Bandstand, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2

The last chord has been played, the lights have been dimmed, and the iconic NYC skyline (in miniature) behind Dave's desk has been disassembled and stored. The airing of the finale of “The Late Show With David Letterman" on Wednesday May 20th and the accompanying performance by The CBS ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

David Bromberg at City Winery

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David Bromberg
City Winery
CD Release Party & Live Performance
New York, NY
October 1, 2013

One might describe David Bromberg as kind of a musical chameleon. Others might disagree. Bromberg is equally adept at playing classic gutbucket blues, ragtime, country, folk, jazzy blues, bluesy jazz, rock and standards. That's ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker

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James Booker
Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
Lily Keber
2013

Ask jazz fans outside of New Orleans if they have heard of James Booker and most will lean back, rub their chin and say they know they have heard the name. Unless you lived in Europe in the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Infinita: Time Continuum

Read "Time Continuum" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

The opening 30 seconds of “Wild," the appropriately named first track on this exploration of the Time Continuum, belies the melody and the meter of the music that follows. The album consists of 10 more pieces, mainly from the pen of pianist Sid Hille and more than ably assisted by this thoroughly seamless Italo-Finnish foursome.