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Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord: Liverevil

Read "Liverevil" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Blessed with one of the most talented and exciting backing bands in jazz today, guitarist Jon Lundbom returns with a mammoth 2-CD live epic. Liverevil captures the band in performance on their hometown stomping grounds, Brooklyn Fire Proof, in front of a rightfully enthusiastic crowd. Easily able to sustain interest over the course of a double ...

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Bryan and the Haggards: Still Alive and Kickin' Down the Walls

Read "Still Alive and Kickin' Down the Walls" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Torna la country-free-jazz band più divertente e fracassona di Hollywood. Brian and the Haggards, vale a dire il sassofonista Bryan Murray alla testa del suo improbabile quintetto di cowboy metropolitani: Jon Irabagon alle ance, Moppa Elliott al contrabbasso (metà dei Mostly Other People Do the Killing), il batterista Danny Fischer e il chitarrista Jon Lundbom (quello dei Big ...

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Bryan and the Haggards: Still Alive And Kickin' Down The Walls

Read "Still Alive And Kickin' Down The Walls" reviewed by Dave Wayne

With the music of country music legends Merle Haggard and Bob Wills as a starting point, tenor saxophonist Bryan Murray and his band have been creating fresh, iconoclastic, and somewhat noisy modern jazz for a few years. The Haggards' second CD, Still Alive And Kickin' Down The Walls, picks up where their stunning debut, Pretend It's ...

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Bryan and the Haggards: Still Alive and Kickin' Down the Walls

Read "Still Alive and Kickin' Down the Walls" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Still Alive and Kickin' Down the Walls is the second foray into an unlikely marriage of free jazz and the Bakersfield, California, country sound of the legendary Merle Haggard, a follow-up to the pairing's raucous honeymoon, Pretend It's the End of the World (Hot Cup Records, 2010). Saxophonist Bryan Murray leads this outfit, a rowdy, rough ...

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Bryan and the Haggards: Pretend It's The End of the World

Read "Pretend It's The End of the World" reviewed by William Carey

Is it too late for a “best of 2010" list? This 2010 release, by Bryan and the Haggards, has made several of these lists; while it would be easy to approach these jazz renditions of Merle Haggard tunes as some sort of novelty, that couldn't be farther from what tenor saxophonist Bryan Murray and his quintet ...

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Bryan and the Haggards: Pretend It's The End of the World

Read "Pretend It's The End of the World" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The legend of Merle Haggard is probably as large as the life of the folk music star. Only Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash have a larger legend than Haggard. The writer of “Okie from Muskogee" is the star of this album, Pretend It's The End of the World by this ensemble ...

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Bryan and the Haggards: Pretend It's the End of the World

Read "Pretend It's the End of the World" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Le vicende artistiche e umane della leggenda del country Merle Haggard hanno seguito un percorso comune a molti grandi della musica. Un'infanzia difficile, una vita condita da detenzioni e umiliazioni, la musica come unico momento di riscatto, il riconoscimento tardivo del proprio talento e della propria arte. Ma cosa possono avere in comune un musicista country ed un manipolo di ...

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Bryan and the Haggards: Pretend It's the End of the World

Read "Pretend It's the End of the World" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Can a saxophone “twang?" If it's a set of music celebrating the sounds of Bakersfield, California's county music legend, Merle Haggard, it had better do just that. And strangely, with Pretend It's the End of the World, by Bryan and the Haggards, the saxophone blowing of altoist Jon Irabagon and the tenorist/leader Bryan Murray find that ...

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Bryan and the Haggards - Pretend It's the End of the World (Hot Cup)

Country and jazz have rarely been congenial bedfellows. Sure, there's the heyday of western swing to consider and much more recent cross-pollinations like the Blue Note-backed collaboration between Wynton and Willie, but more often the genres reflect and oil and water dynamic. Cue Bryan and the Haggards, a hardcore honky-tonk freebop collective who aims to mend ...