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Avant-garde rock legend and visual artist Don Van Vliet, who performed under the name Captain Beefheart, began experimenting with eccentric rock’n'roll sounds in the mid-1960s. His first two releases with the Magic Band drew positive notice from some connoisseurs but failed to connect with the wider public. Van Vliet next forged a close creative partnership with {{m: Frank Zappa = 11600}}, a former high school classmate, who signed Beefheart to his Straight Records and produced 1969′s Trout Mask Replica. While the bizarre double album was not a major commercial success, it quickly became a cultural landmark. Van Vliet effectively redefined the frontiers of popular music, singing snatches of surreal imagery in disturbing tones over music that drew on blues, jazz, psychedelia, and a thousand other subgenres

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Article: Album Review

Pino Palladino, Blake Mills: Notes with Attachments

Read "Notes with Attachments" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Pino Palladino e Blake Mills firmano uno dei dischi più attesi dell'anno. Il polistrumentista e produttore californiano viene da un 2020 molto intenso, caratterizzato dall'uscita del suo album solista Mutable Set e da una serie di preziose collaborazioni con artisti del calibro di Bob Dylan e di Perfume Genius, che hanno realizzato due dei migliori dischi ...

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Article: BackTracks

Five From Four

Read "Five From Four" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


Welcome to the inaugural edition of BackTracks, where we look back at some notable albums that were somehow absent from All About Jazz's extensive 50,000 plus review archive (or are just plain worthy of another look). For the first installment we have five guitar-led projects from four artists that somehow got by us (but needn't get ...

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World Sanguine Report: Skeleton Blush

Read "Skeleton Blush" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Don't be fooled by the appearance of “sanguine" in the band name. World Sanguine Report is not a band given to gentle optimism, or relaxed acceptance of whatever situation it's in. Look instead to the meaning of the word in heraldic terms—blood red. Skeleton Blush is filled with hard-edged, powerful and uncompromising songs, an album that ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Trout Mask Replica

Read "Trout Mask Replica" reviewed by Eric Gudas


“No Instruction Sheet": Trout Mask Replica's Unfathomable Origin Story If you were a teenager who liked freaky stuff, on a June day in 1969 you could bicycle down to your local record store and buy a brand-new, shrink-wrapped album with a man covering his entire face with an actual fish head on the cover. A double-LP ...

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Take Five with Ed Palermo

Read "Take Five with Ed Palermo" reviewed by Edward Palermo


Meet Ed Palermo Ed Palermo is an arranger, composer and alto saxophonist mostly known for his big band and their interpretations of the music of Ed's hero, Frank Zappa. Coming out of college in jny: Chicago, his initial plan was to become a great jazz tenor saxophonist in the vein of Michael Brecker, Steve Grossman and ...

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Article: Live Review

Live From Birmingham: The Chieftains, Rachel Harrington, Lucinda Williams, Alex Rex & Amythyst Kiah

Read "Live From Birmingham: The Chieftains, Rachel Harrington, Lucinda Williams, Alex Rex & Amythyst Kiah" reviewed by Martin Longley


The Chieftains Town Hall July 8, 2019 Paddy Moloney remains the absolute driving force of The Chieftains, and has been since their formation in 1962. His pipes and whistles were joined by flute, percussion, guitar, harp, keyboards and a pair of fiddles, two step dancers, plus a whole host of ...

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Maureen Choi: Theia

Read "Theia" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Maureen Choi's classical training and leanings are at the forefront and provide a substantial foundation. The palette is then wide open to incorporate jazz, flamenco, and fandango. Theia has a distinctive array of colors and has profoundly compelling undertones. Each song is its own unique journey with unknown passages, trap doors, and idiosyncratic paths leading to ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Phillip Johnston Returns with Diggin' Bones and The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Read "Phillip Johnston Returns with Diggin' Bones and The Adventures of Prince Achmed" reviewed by John Kelman


The consequences of change in the music industry have been predicted for some time now but, with far too many blinkered deniers, it's had to begin approaching critical mass before being recognized for what it is: the commoditization and devaluation of music that has led to increasing challenges for musicians looking to maintain any kind of ...

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Article: Album Review

Evil Genius: Experiments on Human Subjects

Read "Experiments on Human Subjects" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


It would be an uplifting experience to see this trio go at it in a live setting. For those who need comparisons, think of a cross-pollination between some of John Zorn-produced kinetic avant-garde jazz fusion, psych and rock ensembles along with Frank Zappa influences, and punk jazz groups. Guitarist Max Kutner is the lead ...


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