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Jimi Hendrix: Both Sides Of The Sky

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13 to the universe by studio dreamweaver and sonic soundscaper

Jimi Hendrix remains arguably one of the greatest electric guitarists that ever lived, someone whose genius has often been likened to that of Robert Johnson and Miles Davis. Upon his untimely passing in 1970, he left behind an enormous wealth of previously unheard studio ...

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Max Zenger: Chapter 2

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From its inception more than a century ago, jazz has taken a long, strange and twisted journey. From folk-art to more avant-garde adventures, jazz has never sat in the same place for too long, like a sort of free spirit in search of the infinite. Throughout that journey, at least since the 1940's, a time when ...

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Alejandro Torriggino: Blue Light

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After listening to Alejandro Torriggino's latest album, Blue Light, it is obvious that this talented singer-songwriter from Argentina has grown considerably since his superb debut Sureste, an album which took the listener back to the days of classic Neil Young and the sunny, reflective climes of Laurel Canyon. Here, Torriggino, once again, has composed a collection ...

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Weather Report: Heavy Weather

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Weather Report were one of the earliest jazz fusion groups to emerge at the beginning of the '70s. They were rare in that, like Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, they didn't have a guitarist to light the fire and excite the audience as was the case with Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever; instead, they relied, in addition ...

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Tim Buckley: Live At The Troubadour 1969

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For an artist whose recording career spanned less than ten years, Tim Buckley seemed to get a lot done. From 1966's self titled debut, to Look At The Fool, his final album released in 1974, Buckley's oeuvre is as broad as it is varied. Ever the experimental troubadour, no other singer of the time was capable ...

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MoFrancesco Quintetto: Kucheza

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Jazz has certainly come a long way since its early beginnings, whose free spirit and richness of form means that one could easily spend a whole lifetime marvelling at its infinite variety. And none more so than on Kucheza, the MoFrancesco Quintetto's sublime and engaging new album. Based in Lisbon, Portugal, European jazz doesn't get any ...

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Miles Davis: Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974

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For anyone unfamiliar with his work, Bill Laswell is something of a producer's producer, who has worked with a wide array of artists ranging from John Lydon to Whitney Houston (though not on the same record one would assume). At some point Laswell miraculously managed to convince the powers that be to hand over copies of ...

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Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen: Poetry For The Beat Generation

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Jack Kerouac is most famous for his iconic novel On the Road, a book which helped define an entire generation of drifters, hitchhikers, poets and musicians (although not exclusively in that order), all of whom Kerouac collectively coined as “The Beat Generation." Upon publication in 1957, On the Road was celebrated by The New York Times ...

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Billie Davies - A Nu Experience: On Hollywood Boulevard

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From Buddy Rich to Billy Cobham, jazz drumming (as opposed to pop-rock) has been a predominately masculine affair, and something which perhaps remains so even to this day -which isn't to say that women are excluded from the club entirely.

Drummer Billie Davies began her career in Europe, performing extensively across the continent, before ...

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Jimi Hendrix: Machine Gun: Live At The Fillmore East First Show

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When Jimi Hendrix walked onto the stage of the Fillmore East on 31st December, 1969, with Billy Cox (bass) and Buddy Miles (drums), virtually no-one would have had any idea what to expect, since this was not The Experience people had paid to see, but The Band Of Gypsys, an entirely different group altogether. As Billy ...