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Buddy Miles

Best known as the drummer in Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys, Buddy Miles also had a lengthy solo career that drew from rock, blues, soul, and funk in varying combinations. Born George Miles in Omaha, NE, on September 5, 1947, he started playing the drums at age nine, and joined his father's jazz band the Bebops as a mere 12 year old. As a teenager, he went on to play with several jazz and R&B outfits, most prominently backing vocal groups like Ruby & the Romantics, the Ink Spots, and the Delfonics. In 1966, he joined Wilson Pickett's touring revue, where he was spotted by blues-rock guitarist Mike Bloomfield

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Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat

Read "Benjamin Koppel: Curiosity Won't Kill This Cat" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Benjamin Koppel is an extraordinary Danish musician from an illustrious music family. He is all about music—of just about any kind. He's always absorbing it, discovering what there is to derive from it. A kind of restless desire to explore envelops him. He simplifies it in his own words: he's curious. It comes naturally to him. ...

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Hear My Train A Comin': The Songs Of Jimi Hendrix

Read "Hear My Train A Comin': The Songs Of Jimi Hendrix" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Hear My Train A Comin':The Songs Of Jimi Hendrix Kevin Le Gendre 240 Pages ISBN: 97818000500143 Equinox 2020 Few artists have burned as briefly and brightly as Jimi Hendrix, the Afro-American guitarist and singer who set the late 1960s alight with his virtuosity and showmanship. Fifty years after he ...

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Benjamin Koppel: Room to Roam

Read "Benjamin Koppel: Room to Roam" reviewed by Doug Collette

In his two simultaneously-released double CDs, Danish saxophonist Benjamin Koppel illustrates how fine a line exists between authentic rhythm and blues and healthily-improvised jazz. It might otherwise go without saying it takes the caliber of world-class singers and players to traverse such broad and fertile territory-- bassist Scott Colley and trumpeter Randy Brecker are just two—but, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazzkaar 2020

Read "Jazzkaar 2020" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jazzkaar Tallinn, Estonia October 9-13, 2020 In this year of cancellations and postponements, the Jazzkaar festival opted to jump from April to October, successfully presenting a shorter version that nevertheless managed to include between four and six sets on most of its days. Giant-size American artists were unavoidably absent, but ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield's Life in the Blues

Read "Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield's Life in the Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette

Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield's Life in the Blues David Dann 776 Pages ISBN: #978-1477318775 University of Texas Press 2019 Through a combination of journalistic objectivity, scholarly attention to detail and the passion of a fan, author David Dann accomplishes exactly what he professes to achieve in his 'Prologue' to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jimi Hendrix: Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts

Read "Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's a long way from Jimi Hendrix's original Band Of Gypsys (Capitol Records,1970) to Songs For Groovy Children. And it's all by way of Live at the Fillmore East (Legacy Recordings/ Experience Hendrix, 1999) Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 (Legacy Recordings/ Experience Hendrix, 2016). All purported anomalies of its inclusions aside, this five-CD ...

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The Music & Legacy of Jimi Hendrix: Experience Hendrix at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "The Music & Legacy of Jimi Hendrix: Experience Hendrix at NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

The Music & Legacy of Jimi Hendrix: Experience Hendrix NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY March 28, 2019 Many describe Jimi Hendrix as the “GOAT" of the electric guitar--the greatest of all-time; the greatest and most influential guitarist who ever lived. James Marshall “Jimi" Hendrix was born Johnny ...

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The 2017 Laid Back Festival: In The Spirit of Gregg Allman at The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Read "The 2017 Laid Back Festival: In The Spirit of Gregg Allman at The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

The 2017 Laid Back Festival: In The Spirit of Gregg Allman The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY September 24, 2017 Gregg Allman co-founded and curated the inaugural Laid Back Festival. That festival began as a single day celebration in August of 2015 and was held at the Jones ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Winwood: Greatest Hits Live

Read "Greatest Hits Live" reviewed by Doug Collette

Greatest Hits Live is something of a misnomer as applied to Steve Winwood's expansive in- concert collection. Not that the title doesn't contain his most well-known numbers, because it does, ranging all the way from his days as a teenage wunderkind ("Gimme Some Lovin'") to his most mainstream commercial success ("Roll With It"). But over the ...


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