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Scott Tixier: Brooklyn Bazaar

Read "Brooklyn Bazaar" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Violinist Scott Tixier is like a young fledgling poised to take off. This is a wondrous sight: arms (the wings) painfully outstretched, neck and, indeed, the whole body arched and on tip-toes, his bow swinging wildly as he flies off into the azure unknown. He is awkward at first; then sure that he will soar and ...

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Don "Sugar Cane" Harris: Cup Full of Dreams

Read "Cup Full of Dreams" reviewed by John Kelman

While Sugar Cane's Got the Blues (MPS, 1972; Reissued Promising Music, 2008), teamed the violinist with Europeans including Norwegian guitarist Terje Rypdal, German keyboardist Wolfgang Dauner and British (though, with a life-changing accident looming, not for long) drummer Robert Wyatt, Cup Full of Dreams finds Don “Sugar Cane" Harris back on American turf, with a group ...

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Majid Khaliq: The Basilisk

Read "The Basilisk" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

There was once a school of thought that championed, zealot-like, the cause of the violin. To them there was no more perfect instrument than the four-stringed wonder that supports a fretless arm and offers infinite possibilities of melody; one that all but brought to life myriad human emotions via harmonic invention. Were this league of extraordinary ...

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Christian Howes: Blues for the Blues Violin

Read "Christian Howes: Blues for the Blues Violin" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's not difficult to think of great blues artists--there's a roll call of honor as long as that of great jazz artists--and every sizeable town in the world has a blues band or two. So where is the violin? Great blues guitarists and vocalists have never been in short supply, but the great blues violinist, once ...

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Don "Sugar Cane" Harris: Sugar Cane's Got the Blues

Read "Sugar Cane's Got the Blues" reviewed by John Kelman

One of the greatest definers of late-1960s and early-1970s jazz was the collaboration of musicians from disparate backgrounds, a perfect example being Charlie Mariano's 1976 MPS release, Helen Twelve Trees (Promising Music/MPS, 2008), featuring ex-Mahavishnu keyboardist Jan Hammer alongside ex-Cream bassist Jack Bruce. Equally, 1972's Sugar Cane's Got the Blues--another MPS title seeing issue on CD ...


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