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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Hal Willner's Rock 'n' Rota

Read "Hal Willner's Rock 'n' Rota" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Anyone who has ever been at an all-star event--especially if that was a tribute concert--has learned the importance of Aristotle's maxim the hard way. Maybe the occasion was momentous, the cast probably star-studded, the heart certainly in the right place and the expectations high... however, at ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

Ed Palermo may have gained an international following with his ingenious orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa tunes, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. Earlier in the year, the saxophonist released an uproarious double album The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2, a project celebrating an expansive roster of songs by successive waves of British invaders, ...

Todd Rundgren & Utopia: Live 1978 at The Old Waldorf

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Live 1978 at The Old Waldorf San Francisco venue is a continuation of the Todd Rundgren archive series by UK- based Esoteric Recordings. Previously unreleased, the engineers' remastering effort seems to have paid off, as the overall sound is acceptable; although, the lower-end bass response is a bit weak. This concert was originally recorded for a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ed Palermo Big Band at the Iridium

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Ed Palermo Big Band Featuring Napoleon Murphy Brock
Iridium
New York, NY
January 8, 2016

You can just about always count on a number of things in any show by the Ed Palermo Big Band: the music of Frank Zappa; inventive arrangements, richly crafted; tight, stellar playing by the ensemble; a ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Randy Brecker: Hittin' It with "RandyPOP!"

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In his 62 years playing music--starting trumpet at eight years old--Randy Brecker has played all kinds of music, but for many years now, he's mostly been known as a solid, top-flight, first-call jazz player, a modern post-bop soloist and bandleader who carries around his old '70s fusion-funk Brecker Brothers fame in his back pocket. So, with ...

ARTICLE: TALKING 2 MUSICIANS

Badfinger's Joey Molland

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Badfinger was a band that rocketed to fame after being discovered by the Beatles' roadie Mal Evans and signing with Apple Records. They appeared on the world stage just as the Beatles went public with their breakup. With songs like “No Matter What," “Day After Day," “Suitcase," “Baby Blue," and “Carry On," Badfinger's tight soaring harmonies, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors

Read "Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Southern California-based Purple Pyramid Records and producer, instrumentalist Billy Sherwood raised the bar with this tribute to The Doors by convening a star-studded cast, featuring classic rockers performing with progressive rock luminaries. And the jazz contingent is onboard, evidenced by jazz guitar great Larry Coryell appearing with Focus keyboardist Thijs Van Leer on “Love Me Two ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Todd Rundgren at the NYCB Theatre

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Todd Rundgren
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
August 11, 2013

Todd Rundgren has forged an enviable and lengthy career on the pop and rock landscape. The multi-instrumentalist's career with Nazz, Utopia and as a solo artist is as diverse as they come. Rundgren's influences can be very easily heard and identified ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Todd Rundgren's Live Performance of Classic album 'Todd' Coming On DVD and CD

Todd Rundgren's Live Performance of Classic album 'Todd' Coming On DVD and CD

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—By the time he recorded the eponymous Todd in 1973, Todd Rundgren had charted with such evergreen hits as “Hello It's Me," “I Saw the Light" and “We Gotta Get You a Woman," and had also been dubbed “Rock's Renaissance Man" by Rolling Stone after releasing studio masterpieces Something/Anything? and A Wizard, A True Star. Todd was a ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Todd Rundgren Announces Special Limited West Coast Concert Run

Todd Rundgren Announces Special Limited West Coast Concert Run

Todd Rundgren is proud to announce the only West Coast live performances of his 1973 classic masterpiece, A Wizard, A True Star. AWATS has been long heralded by the rock press as a defining paradigm-shifting album, but until this year had incredibly never been performed in public in its entirety.

Couched within an elaborate stage extravaganza ...