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Rhett Frazier: Welcome to the Club

Read "Welcome to the Club" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Rhett Frazier was born and raised in Texas and Oklahoma, by a family deeply steeped in every strain of America's soul music. And born and raised to vocally stomp through soul and funk. Grandpop played guitar and fiddle in a western swing band. Cousins Alan and Mike are bluegrass and country music mainstays, The Frazier Brothers. ...

Sonic Styles of the Seventies

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Hugo Fattoruso
Hugo Fattoruso Y Bario Opa
Far Out Recordings
2018

Once upon a time in Uruguay, teenage brothers Osvaldo and Hugo Fattoruso stepped out of their musical family trio to play guitar and bass for popular Latin American jazz (swing) and rock 'n' roll ensembles venturing in ...

Live From New York: Meredith Monk, Will Mason & The Fabulous Thunderbirds

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Meredith Monk
Brooklyn Academy Of Music
March 18, 2018

The multivalent Meredith Monk gave the world premiere of her Cellular Songs work at BAM over five days. Your scribe, burdened by a heavy rotation of electronic seances, live soundtrack silent movies and late night jazz jointing, opted for the Sunday ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Michael Lington At Blue Note Napa

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Michael Lington
Blue Note Napa
Napa, CA
October 7, 2017

Danish saxophonist Michael Lington and company presented a genuinely rousing evening of contemporary jazz music and a few surprises at the inviting Blue Note Napa venue. The exhilarating second set also included a few tracks from his current Second Nature album ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl

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In casual talk and conversation now some half a century since the explosion of their popularity, the Beatles can seem a quaint phenomenon from the Sixties. But such a notion disappears when their music is playing as is the case with The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl.

A companion piece to Eight Days ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

The Led Zeppelin Papers: Led Zeppelin IV, Deluxe Edition

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Led Zeppelin
Led Zepplin IV, Deluxe Edition
(Atlantic Records)
1971/2014

“It might seem a bit incongruous to say that Led Zeppelin--a band never particularly known for its tendency to understate matters--has produced an album which is remarkable for its low-keyed and tasteful subtlety, but that's just the case here. The ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival 2014 Announces Headliners

Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival 2014 Announces Headliners

The 25th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival will rock once again at Memorial Day weekend, May 24-25, at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., in Simi Valley. The event features two full stages for each of its musical genres. Music will proceed non-stop each day from 12 noon until 7:30 p.m. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Fogerty at the Paramount

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John Fogerty
The Paramount
Huntington, NY
January 30, 2014

John Fogerty's musical modus operandi encompasses many different styles: Americana, roots rock, Southern rock, psychedelia, swamp rock, country, rockabilly, blues and pop--in short, good old fashioned rock 'n' roll. His songs read like the soundtrack of the past forty ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Tracy Nelson and Del Ray at the Musical Instrument Museum

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Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Tracy Nelson and Del Ray
Musical Instrument Museum
“Saluting the Pioneers of Women Who Rock"
Phoenix, Arizona
October 16, 2013

Four women musicians performed a joyous tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Memphis Minnie, black pioneers in gospel and early blues styles that became the roots ...

ARTICLE: HARDLY STRICTLY JAZZ

Back To... SOUL

Read "Back To... SOUL" reviewed by Skip Heller

While everyone else seems to have been attending jazz festivals, I've been flying under the radar with film and TV music jobs, so I haven't had the time to write about the summer's recorded music treasures, and it has been bountiful for record/CD fans. Not least of all because some really careful and wise music fans ...