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

Read "Find the Common, Shine a Light" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

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 ...

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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. ...

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Torino Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Torino Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Torino Jazz Festival
Varie sedi
23-30.04.2018

La sesta edizione del Torino Jazz Festival ha rappresentato una nuova tappa di una manifestazione importante alla ricerca di una propria identità. Chiusa l'epoca della direzione artistica di Stefano Zenni, quest'anno le redini sono passate nelle mani dei musicisti torinesi Giorgio Li Calzi e Diego ...

Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed

Read "Things Have Changed" reviewed by Doug Collette

Bettye LaVette's Things Have Changed isn't merely a homage to Bob Dylan, it is also a remarkable combination of invention and polish, as arresting in production, arrangement and playing as in the novel choice of songs. The venerable r&b/soul vocalist collaborates with an esteemed roster of musicians, overseen by producer/drummer Steve Jordan (Keith Richards, Boz Scaggs), ...

Grateful Dead: The Best of the Grateful Dead Live

Read "The Best of the Grateful Dead Live" reviewed by Doug Collette

A companion piece to 2015's similarly-titled compendium of studio recordings, The Best of the Grateful Dead Live may be likewise redundant for long-time fans of the iconic group. But it is well to remember there are many new listeners and followers, many of whom are helping sell-out Dead & Company tours of recent years, for whom ...

Son Volt: The Search Deluxe Reissue

Read "The Search Deluxe Reissue" reviewed by Doug Collette

The reissue of Son Volt's The Search on both CD and vinyl configurations ties up loose ends in the seminal Americana band's discography, but, more importantly, it documents Jay Farrar's earliest departure into variations on his fundamental style of writing and recording. In doing so, it reaffirms his status as one of our most insightful and ...

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Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968

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Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968
Ryan H. Walsh
368 Pages
ISBN: # 978-0735221345
Penguin Press
2018

Before thoroughly delving into Ryan H. Walsh's Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968, a reader can thumb randomly through its three-hundred fifty-some pages and find nary a reference to ...

Dominique Eade: Town and Country

Read "Town and Country" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A sei anni dall'incisione di Whirpool (Jazz Project, 2012), Ran Blake e Dominique Eade ripropongolo la loro esplorazione piano/voce privilegiando l'attenzione dal Great American Songbook ai canti della tradizione popolare e di denuncia sociale. Com'è noto l'83enne Ran Blake è un decano del New England Conservatory di Boston, dove fondò con Gunther Schuller il Third Sream ...

Seven woMEN 2018 – Part III

Read "Seven woMEN 2018 – Part III" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Look what creeped into my monthly column... and herein exist end-of-the-year-recordings...(you decide which ones).

Ben Paterson
That Old Feeling
Cellar Live Records
2018

Everything about pianist/vocalist Ben Paterson's Cellar Live release, That Old Feeling is delightful. This recording is a beautiful throwback, with just a touch of ...

Steve Barton: Tall Tales And Alibis

Read "Tall Tales And Alibis" reviewed by Doug Collette

Like Bob Dylan's Triplicate (Columbia, 2017), Steve Barton's Tall Tales And Alibis recounts a rite of passage in three parts. But even though the once and future member of Translator only assigns specific sub-titles once (in the recording credits), his journey from darkness to light is as explicit as that of the Nobel Laureate's, perhaps even ...