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Simply put, Elvis Presley was the first real rock & roll star. A white Southerner singing blues laced with country, and country laced with gospel, he brought together American music from both sides of the color line and performed it with a natural hip-swiveling sexuality that made him a teen idol and a role model for generations of cool rebels. He was repeatedly dismissed as vulgar, incompetent, and a bad influence, but the force of his music and his image was no mere merchandising feat. Presley signaled to mainstream culture that it was time to let go. Four decades after his death, Presley’s image and influence remain undiminished

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Vicenza Jazz 2024

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2024" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Vicenza Jazz 2024 Varie sedi 5--19.5.2024 Il clou della ventottesima edizione di Vicenza Jazz, che ha puntato i riflettori in particolare su protagonisti odierni del pianoforte, si è concentrato dal 13 al 19 maggio. Dopo i concerti serali del 13 e 14 maggio programmati al Teatro Olimpico, dal 15 fino alla conclusione ...


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The Doors: Live In Bakersfield August 21, 1970 (2CD)

Read "Live In Bakersfield August 21, 1970 (2CD)" reviewed by Doug Collette

The somewhat checkered history of archival exhumations from the vault of the Doors would no doubt preclude thinking that Live at the Matrix 1967: The Complete Masters (Rhino, 2023) would constitute anything like a 'be all and end all' of such efforts. Still, to see Live in Bakersfield August 21, 1970 issued in such ...


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Albert King: Born Under A Bad Sign (SACD)

Read "Born Under A Bad Sign (SACD)" reviewed by Doug Collette

Originally released in the psychedelicized year of 1967, the altogether earthy blues recording that is Albert King's Born Under A Bad Sign may have gone over the heads of those succumbing to flower power during the Summer of Love. Nevertheless, it made an impression on those who were learning to dote on the genre, many of ...


Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Clifford Bass

Read "Meet Clifford Bass" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Our newest super fan's first jazz record was The Best of Nat King Cole, which he chose at just ten years old! The bug bit him so hard that, by age 14, he was listening obsessively to A Love Supreme. He is now such a fan of improvisational, in-the-moment performance that he rarely listens to recordings, ...


Article: Book Review

Bob Dylan: The Philosophy of Modern Song

Read "Bob Dylan: The Philosophy of Modern Song" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Philosophy of Modern Song Bob Dylan 352 Pages ISBN: # 978-1451648706 Simon & Schuster 2022 Bob Dylan's The Philosophy of Modern Song is a labor of love by a music lover of unremitting passion. As such, it is hard to put it down once the reading commences, ...


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Juliet Varnedoe: Cajun Bleu

Read "Cajun Bleu" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

New York City vocalist Juliet Varnedoe has developed a keen feel for the collective music of New Orleans. Her first single from her self produced 2022 release Cajun Blue, “Mon Chéri" revealed an international approach to the regional music that freely mixed Dixieland with zydeco, the blues, and sleek Caribbean sounds, creating a languid, humid and ...


Article: Album Review

The Doors: L. A. Woman: Fiftieth Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Read "L. A. Woman: Fiftieth Anniversary Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

The 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of The Doors' L.A. Woman is the fifth such package issued of the iconic band's catalog (the sole exception to the CD-plus-vinyl LP configuration is the corresponding anniversary edition of Strange Days (Elektra, 1967). And, like its predecessors, as well as other titles such as the audio and video configurations of ...


Article: Album Review

Norah Jones: I Dream of Christmas

Read "I Dream of Christmas" reviewed by Jim Trageser

With Tony Bennett's retirement, the mantle of legitimate straight-ahead pop crooners is now firmly in the hands of subsequent generations: Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall and Norah Jones. Not pure jazz singers, of which there are numerous stellar examples, these singers are more in the Bennett-Sinatra-Fitzgerald mold, bringing a jazz sensibility to pop music.


Article: Album Review

Bob Dylan: Springtime in New York 1980-1985: The Bootleg Series, Volume 16 (5CD)

Read "Springtime in New York 1980-1985: The Bootleg Series, Volume 16 (5CD)" reviewed by Doug Collette

Generally speaking, revelations abound within the various installments of The Bootleg Series, Bob Dylan's ongoing archive initiative, and Volume 16 is no exception. But in listening to Springtime in New York, 1980- 1985, the epiphanies come in slow bursts, flashing over the course of the five CDs to generate a cumulative momentum that reaches a flash-point ...


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