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Sun Ra: Of Abstract Dreams

Read "Of Abstract Dreams" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Neither Sun Ra's death nor the passing of a quarter of a century since has slowed down the seemingly insatiable appetite for archival recordings of the pianist, composer and poet. In 2014, to mark the centenary of Sun Ra's birth--né Herman Poole Blount--Strut Records and Art Yard issued the 2-CD, career-spanning compilation In The Orbit of ...

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Kim Nalley's Tribute to Nina Simone

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Kim Nalley
Tribute to Nina Simone
Freight & Salvage
Berkeley, CA
March 3 2017

Popular San Francisco vocalist Kim Nalley skillfully painted a stunning portrait of the iconic Nina Simone, using her voice like an artist's brush and Simone's songbook like a sonic canvas. The captivating ...

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Live From Birmingham: Partisans, Rascals Of Rhythm, Amok Amor, John McEntire & Schneider Kacirek

Read "Live From Birmingham: Partisans, Rascals Of Rhythm, Amok Amor, John McEntire & Schneider Kacirek" reviewed by Martin Longley

Partisans
Wolverhampton Arena Theatre
November 14, 2015

Partisans have now been playing together for two decades, in a completely unchanging four-piece configuration. Bonds have been formed, lines have intertwined, rapport greases repertoire negotiation, and comfort encourages greater risk-taking. The band made several comments about savouring the Arena Theatre's vibrations, ...

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Live From Bilston: Samantha Fish, Jah Wobble & The Magic Band

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Samantha Fish/Laurence Jones
The Robin R&B Club
November 11, 2015

The blues has a youthful future, across both sides of the Atlantic. Singer and guitarist Laurence Jones is the latest upstart to stir the UK scene, possessing a very 1960s sensibility, as if he's a throwback to the scene ...

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Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival 2015

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Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival
jny:Belfast, Ireland
March 25-28 , 2015

Brilliant Corners may not be the biggest jazz festival in Northern Ireland--that accolade belongs to the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival--but in just three editions it can already lay claim to being the best.

Eschewing the populist ...

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Live From Old York: Big Boy Bloater, Dreadzone & Oli Brown

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Big Boy Bloater
City Screen Basement
York, UK
December 5, 2013

The Bloater returneth, just over a year after his last appearance in York. Back then, he was joined by his full combo, but this 2013 show was a part of the Big Boy's solo tour, ...

A Few Frames Of Public Access Art

Read "A Few Frames Of Public Access Art" reviewed by Skip Heller

Music and television have always worked together, and through the history of the medium, apocolypses have happened because the world was tuned in together. Language quickly becomes hyperbole when people recall Elvis Presley or the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Ricky Nelson's fantastic weekly performances on his parents' show (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), any number ...

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Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings Collector’s Edition Box Set

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Bill Wyman

Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings Collector's Edition Box Set

Proper American

2011

From all accounts, founding member Bill Wyman resigned from the Rolling Stones in 1992 because he was weary of the frantic pace of life as bassist for “The World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band."

Wyman's bass ...