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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record by Brian Ward & Patrick Huber

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A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record
Brian Ward & Patrick Huber
480 pages
ISBN: # 978-0826521750
Country Music Foundation Press
2018

Scholarship in the history or blues music (and all music, for that matter) reaches a pinnacle with the publication of the exhaustively researched A&R Pioneers: ...

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

To Dream the Impossible Dream: the quest for a music education

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I've been thinking a lot about how jazz is taught recently. I realize now, my search for a real musical education was not a simple thing, but a series of life changing moments. My son, on the other hand, is planning to study music in college after he finishes high school. Though it would fill his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Parcek: Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven

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Ably aided and abetted as is Peter Parcek on Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, he never runs the risk of his own contributions being overshadowed by the esteemed likes of his guests including North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson, Muscle Shoals veteran Spooner Oldham and long-time Willie Nelson band member Micky Raphael. he guitarist/vocalist/songwriter acquits himself ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Rollin' and Tumblin'

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Rollin' and Tumblin'
Roberto Menabò
194 Pagine
ISBN: 978-8862318228
Arcana
2014

Per quanto il blues sia un genere musicale da tempo largamente diffuso e storicizzato, i dati biografici dei suoi più grandi interpreti sono ancora ampiamente sconosciuti, dispersi nel terreno paludoso tra realtà e leggenda dove spesso le ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Noah Preminger: Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground

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The Delta Blues, spawned from the callous conditions on Mississippi plantations and farmlands, is an artistic manifestation that creativity can overcome, survive, and thrive, amidst overwhelming situations. These sparse, rural blues, which came out of the fields so long ago, continue to influence contemporary musicians seeking a raw form of expression. Count saxophonist Noah Preminger among ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

CocoRosie, Dastan Ensemble, Arto Lindsay, Chick Corea, Béla Fleck, John Hammond, G.Love & Trio 3

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CocoRosie
Webster Hall
September 25, 2015

The Casady sisters are one of the quirkiest teamings in... what? Rock, folk, hip-hop, reggae, electronica, performance art? All of these, and more, are present in their wildly gambolling songs, discernible as trace elements, but none fully emerging as what could be deemed ...

Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth by Day

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Cassandra Wilson is the most important jazz vocalist of the past thirty years.

There.

I said it. I meant it. It is out in the open (not that this was any secret).

After an impressive jazz debut with Point of View (JMT, 1985), Wilson would release seven ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

John Butcher: So Far

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Saxophonist John Butcher's career could have taken an academic path. He completed a Ph.D in theoretical physics--Charmed Quarks to be precise--but left the academic world behind shortly thereafter.

As a saxophonist, Butcher has played with and collaborated with many musicians. He is not afraid to try completely off the wall musical experimentation.

NEWS: RADIO

Sweets Edison This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week Riverwalk Jazz presents Harry “Sweets" Edison in an encore presentation captured live at The Landing in San Antonio with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Edison died in 1999 at the age of 83. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. You can also drop in on a continuous stream of shows ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jake Marmer: Hermeneutic Stomp

Read "Hermeneutic Stomp" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Jake Marmer is an observant jew, poet, and dedicated scholar of beat poetry, the blues, and jazz legacy. He was born in Ukraine, emigrated to New York with a short time in between in Jerusalem, Israel. His poetry, perceived by himself as a work in progress, borrows colorful images from Jewish Talmudic texts and Chassidic chants, ...