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ARTICLE: TALKING 2 MUSICIANS

The Multifaceted Mike Seal

Read "The Multifaceted Mike Seal" reviewed by Alan Bryson

He's an extraordinarily talented guitarist whose musical interests range from jazz and bluegrass to classical music. Mike Seal has been active on the Southern music scene for over a decade and is based in Nashville, Tennessee. His grandfather was a gifted self taught gospel guitarist in rural Virginia, and his older brother, Rob Seal, is a ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Scott Sharrard & Jack Pearson: Brothers by Proxy

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As the legacy of the Allman Brothers Band looms ever larger with the passing years, those musicians outside the nucleus of the seminal Southern rock/blues band are building upon their early contributions to the group, plus their own prior work, in so doing elevating their profiles proportionately. Take Jack Pearson, for instance, whose stint with ABB ...

ARTICLE: TALKING 2 MUSICIANS

Ronny Jordan: A pioneer of Acid Jazz, a Staple of Smooth Jazz

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This month marks guitarist Ronny Jordan's 55th birthday. A trailblazer in acid jazz, his debut album The Antidote foreshadowed Miles Davis' embrace of hip hop with the album Doo-Bop by six months. Moreover, Jordan's track “After Hours" also had a profound impact on smooth jazz as you will read in the following interview. This interview was ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Buddy Guy and the Damn Right Blues Band Heats Up a Summer Night at the Sandler Center

Read "Buddy Guy and the Damn Right Blues Band Heats Up a Summer Night at the Sandler Center" reviewed by Mark Robbins

When 81 years old Buddy Guy walked from stage left to the the center stage microphone of the Sandler Center the audience was already on it's feet. That's how it's been for the past 50 plus years, whether sharing the stage with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and others or, like Tuesday night (August 22), ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Jaimoe's Jasssz Band at the Iridium

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Jaimoe's Jasssz Band
The Iridium
New York, NY
July 24, 2017

When guitarist Duane Allman was looking to start a band in 1969, the first musician he hired was drummer Jai Johanny Johanson. Just 24 years old at the time, Johanson, becoming known from Memphis to Muscle Shoals simply as Jaimoe, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Gregg Allman: December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017

Read "Gregg Allman: December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

“Well, I'll keep on moving. Things are bound to be improving these days. One of these days..."

Gregg Allman recorded Jackson Browne's lament for his 1973 Capricorn release Laid Back. The song clung to him like smoke, the length of his career, surfacing here and there, until, finally he sang the song with its ...

ARTICLE: TOP TEN LIST

Top Ten Jazz Tracks for Surf Music

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The notion of jazz as surf music seems absurd at first blush, but it can work surprisingly well. Some time ago I learned this by happenstance while listening to an album by fusion guitarist Alex Machacek as I watched surf videos on YouTube. It was a true “ah ha" moment. Compared to the original soundtrack, Alex's ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Les Brers at Brooklyn Bowl

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Les Brers
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY
October 12, 2016

Despite multiple breakups and long hiatuses, the Allman Brothers Band survived successfully for as long as it did by adding fresh, complementary talent that reinvigorated the original members, and through the players' fierce, collective focus on exploring and expanding ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Marcus King: The Marcus King Band

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Praised, mentored and produced by none other than the titular leader of Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes, precocious twenty-year old songwriter/guitarist/vocalist/bandleader Marcus King faces some heady expectations with the release of he and his band's second full-length LP and first for Fantasy Records via the Evil Teen imprimatur.

But The Marcus King Band addresses those ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Matt Schofield at Nectar's

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Matt Schofield
Nectar's
Burlington, Vermont
July 5, 2016

In a generous two-set performance that lasted til the midnight hour at Nectar's in Burlington, Matt Schofield made a case for himself as one of the finest bluesmen of his generation. Gary Clark Jr. and Derek Trucks may be more versatile, but the ...