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BANG! The Bert Berns Story

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BANG! The Bert Berns Story
Abramorama
2018

BANG! The Bert Berns Story compares favorably to The Terry Kath Experience (FilmRise, 2017), not just in the elevated quality of its conception and execution, but in its authorship by an offspring of the subject. Just as the Chicago guitarist's daughter, Michelle Sinclair, helmed the ...

Gideon King: Street Jazz

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New York based guitarist/composer/ songwriter Gideon King is no stranger to the city. Growing up there, he is well positioned to tell a story or two about the place. This is just what he sets out to do with his forthcoming release with his band City Blog, entitled Upscale Madhouse. Far from a condemnation, the title ...

Gene Clark sings For You and A Trip Through The Rose Garden

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The legacy of the Byrds looms large in the annals of contemporary rock, ever increasingly so as it pertains to the late Gene Clark. One of its main vocalists, he is usually seen stage center in the alignment of the original band in performance, a position that stands as an apt metaphor for his contributions to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2

2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
Various Venues,
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2018

Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

Steve Wynn: Kerosene Man and Dazzling Display

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A key member of L.A.'s Paisley Underground scene as founder/member of the Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn didn't just follow his muse when he embarked on a solo career in the Nineties, he willfully pursued it. These expanded editions of Kerosene Man and Dazzling Display, reaffirm the durability of his songs, the idiosyncratic likes of which have ...

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars

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Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
Eagle Vision
2018

There's a point right near the end of Lili Fini Zanuck's film devoted to Eric Clapton where the archetypal guitar hero makes a solemn statement regarding the profound importance of music in his life. His declaration strikes an unusually resounding ...

David Williams: Tipping My Hat To Leonard

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When thinking of powerful, challenging lyrics, “gypsy" jazz rarely comes to mind. David Williams is out to change that one song at at time. The Emmy award winning songwriter's CV is impressive to say the least; he has worked for PBS (how he won his Emmy), written multiple books on topics ranging from poetry to neuroscience ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Spring 2018

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Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

Charles Mingus
Live at Montreux 1975
Eagle Records
2018

Right from the opening ...

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Find the Common, Shine a Light

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Pur confermando l'avvincente impronta stilistica evidenziata nei tre album precedenti, il pianoless quintet di Ryan Keberle presenta un lavoro leggermente disorganico e musicalmente più superficiale dei precedenti, forse perchè distolto da un intento politico (contestare l'elezione presidenziale statunitense del 2016). Il percorso musicale raccoglie due famosi temi della contestazione giovanile degli anni sessanta («The Times They ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Radio Underground at The Last Stop Sports Bar

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Radio Underground
The Last Stop Sports Bar
Winooski, Vermont
May 6, 2018

It's a special pleasure to catch a band on the rise, and even more so at the threshold of a breakthrough. Chicago at Tanglewood in 1970 come to mind as does the Who at Fillmore East in 1968. ...