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Pig In A Can: You Can't Poison A Pig

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A while back a “nu-blues” CD entitled You Can’t Poison a Pig [Fedora FCD 8002] by an entity calling itself Pig In A Can appeared in my mailbox. Near the bottom of the front cover (in fairly small type) the listener is informed that the album contains “de-mixes featuring Harmonica Slim.” The only thing here even ...

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Rosario Guiliani: Mr. Dodo

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Described as “one of Italy’s hidden treasures,” saxophonist Rosario Guiliani won’t remain a secret much longer if he continues to release albums like Mr. Dodo. Guiliani’s facility on both the soprano and alto saxophones has led to comparisons with Eric Dolphy, Wayne Shorter, and others who were accomplished on both instruments. Measuring his playing against that ...

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John Lee Hooker: Live At Newport

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From his first R & B hit, 1948's “Boogie Chillun," a hypnotic one-chord ostinato, John Lee Hooker would forever be known as King Of The Boogie. Although he was accompanied in the studio by an occasional piano, harmonica or Eddie Kirkland's empathetic second guitar, John Lee Hooker's improvisatory style and lack of apparent structural sense marked ...

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The Robin Nolan Trio: Mediterranean Blues

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Every now and then a performer achieves success in the music business without the ‘benefit’ of a major record company. The Robin Nolan Trio is one such story. Drawing their initial style and repertoire from the Django Reinhardt-inspired “gypsy jazz” movement, the group’s genesis dates to 1991 when Nolan, a student at London’s famed Guildhall School ...

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Hot Club Norv: Parisian Honeymoon Suite

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Django Reinhardt is considered on of Europe's greatest jazzmen. His nonpareil improvisations and unorthodox instrumental technique inspired a devoted school of jazz that has come to be known as “gypsy jazz." (Reinhardt was a Roma by birth.) There are 'hot club' ensembles all over the western world, but gypsy jazz has flourished, appropriately enough, on the ...


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