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Muster: Find A City To Live In

Read "Find A City To Live In" reviewed by John Eyles

Muster consists of electric guitarist James O'Sullivan from South London and electronicist Dan Powell from Brighton, some fifty miles away. This duo was formed accidentally in November 2016, when Powell was supposed to be playing in another duo as part of a Catford Constitutional improv night; the other member couldn't make it, so Powell and O'Sullivan ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

SPAZA: SPAZA

Read "SPAZA" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

SPAZA, the debut from an improvisational collective based in Johannesburg, South Africa, may be the most surprising and gratifying album you hear this year by a group you've never heard of before. (The collective itself happens to be named—you guessed it--SPAZA.) The press materials note that the music was “completely improvised" and that SPAZA is part ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues Tribute at The Cabot

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Bessie-Empress of the Blues Tribute
The Cabot
Beverly, MA
December 4, 2018

In a wonderful coincidence of timing, The Cabot, in Beverly, Ma. celebrated and honored the great and legendary blues vocalist icon, The Empress of the Blues--Bessie Smith -at the very same time the beautiful newly renovated 1920's theater venue ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Sligo Jazz Project 2018: Days 3-4

Read "Sligo Jazz Project 2018: Days 3-4" reviewed by James Fleming

Days 1-2 | Days 3-4

Sligo Jazz Project
Various Venues
Sligo, Ireland
July 24-29, 2018

July 26, 2018When the wind died down the day turned humid and heavy. Clouds hung low in the sky, grey and oppressive. And as Sligo's people sipped their coffees and settled down at their ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

The US Festival 1982: The US Generation

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Various Artists
The US Festival 1982
MVD Entertainment Group
2018

By title alone, The US Festival of 1982 might seem light years removed from the abiding fascination with festivals now pervading our culture. But if director Glenn Aveni's ninety-minutes plus documentary proves anything, it's that this event founded and sponsored ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Angelique Kidjo/Femi Kuti at Denver Botanic Gardens

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Angelique Kidjo/Femi Kuti
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver, CO
August 9, 2018

There is a Groove Heaven. I have proof. Angelique Kidjo, international world-beat star, recently released a song by song cover of the Talking Heads album Remain in Light (Sire, 1980). Kidjo, from Benin, has been exploring and laying down ...

WEWANTSOUNDS: A Forgotten Don Cherry and Other Gems

Read "WEWANTSOUNDS: A Forgotten Don Cherry and Other Gems" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

A forgotten gem from the extensive and multi-colored discography of Don Cherry is available again, courtesy of the French label WEWANTSOUNDS [yes, their name is uppercase only!].

Home Boy, Sister Out, produced by Ramuntcho Matta, was originally released in 1985 on Barclay Records. It was distributed in France and Germany only and was never ...

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

Read "Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro-Cuban All Stars
Absolutely Live II
DM Ahora! Productions
2017

You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt at the Prudential Center

Read "James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt at the Prudential Center" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt
The Prudential Center
Newark, NJ
July 6, 2017

On a pleasant Thursday evening just after the 4th of July, when many of the audience members were enjoying an extended Independence Day holiday, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt touched down at Newark, NJ's Prudential Center for the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Marc Ribot & The Young Philadelphians al Teatro Manzoni di Milano

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Aperitivo in Concerto
Teatro Manzoni
Milano
22.11.2015

Esploratore come pochi altri, Marc Ribot ha attraversato i territori musicali più disparati. Dal jazz di John Zorn alla canzone d'autore di Joe Henry, dalle atmosfere quintessenzialmente newyorchesi dei Lounge Lizards alla musica cubana di Arsenio Rodriguez, gli ambiti in cui il ...