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Malcolm Hunter: Nostalgia in My Square Head

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Every once in a while an album emerges that, in its final form, only seems to touch briefly on the full story behind its inception. Nostalgia in My Square Head is one of those albums. Songwriter/keyboardist Malcolm Hunter may not be known to the public at large as a musician and blues poet, but he has ...

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Jillz JekerJazz Festival in Maastricht (Netherlands) October 14-16, 2011

Down in the south of the Netherlands, bordering to Belgium and Germany, lies the city of Maastricht, a charismatic medieval town that functions as a major hub in the region for tourism, education, business and science. Along the river Meuse and the small river the Jeker, its connection to music is a diverse one. The annual ...

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The Readers: Reviver

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Multi-instrumentalist/composer Bryan Baker and his longtime compadre, saxophone specialist Aaron Henry, collaborated on Baker's second album This Morning Day (Enilkrad, 2010). Since then, both Baker and Henry have continued working together as part of a touring ensemble, Bryan Baker 4, and in the recording studio. They're an industrious duo, to say the least. As The Readers, ...

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Ron van Stratum: Swingin' In The Swamp

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It's a generally accepted misconception that those who earn a living as a teacher in the arts must either not be good enough a performer, or are compelled to satisfy a wretched sense of envy, while clipping the wings of very talented students. Some of the stories out there may be true, but drummer/percussionist Ron van ...

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Jazz in the belltower at JekerJazz Maastricht

Jazz in the belltower at JekerJazz Maastricht

It's a blessing in disguise. André Rieu, the world famous violinist/conductor and composer from Maastricht (Netherlands) had to cancel his upcoming tour due to a vestibular infection. As such, the city's carillon player and violinist at Rieu's Orchestra, Frank Steijns, will be in town for the JekerJazz Maastricht festival. His weekly concert on Saturday afternoon, the ...

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Jeker Jazz Maastricht is back in town!

Jeker Jazz is the brainchild of Giel Coenen who started programming jazz, blues, funk and related music in pubs and cafes around one of the most attractive inner city neighborhoods of Maastricht, the Jeker Quarter (Jekerkwartier). This was twenty years ago. It turned out to be a successful concept with a variety of music and free ...

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Skinnie: One Add One

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He's a man of few words who prefers a simple approach. His debut EP, My Heart Beats On The Moon (REMusic Records, 2008), a collection of five songs, is now followed by yet another mini-album of only seven compositions. Once again, Dutch singer-songwriter Skinnie makes sure he is in the best of company, this time relying ...

Brandon Wright: Boiling Point

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Determining the order of tracks on an album can be as significant as gathering the right ensemble of musicians for a project. On both accounts, saxophonist Brandon Wright has succeeded very well on his debut, Boiling Point, for which he penned five of the eight compositions. The opening “Free Man" grabs hold at once, with the ...

Billy Lavender: Memphis Livin'

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Memphis, Tennessee is a city where significant parts of American history were written. It's where Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1963, and Elvis Presley's Graceland attracts thousands of visitors each year. In a cultural sense, Memphis has inspired and launched the careers of many artists from different colors and creeds in the wide spectrum of ...

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Bryan Baker: This Morning Day

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Listening to guitarist/composer Bryan Baker's This Morning Day --the follow-up to his 2006 debut, Aphotic (Enilkrad Music)--is like going on a blind date. When focusing on the music--instead of Baker's impressive résumé--it's imperative to keep in mind that the excitement and anticipation of the unknown is half the fun. In this case, it's a promise that's ...