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At the height of the Beatles' popularity, he was often characterized as the "Quiet Beatle", noted for his introspective manner and his growing interest in Hinduism.

In the mid 1960s he began playing the sitar, which influenced the sound of the Beatles music in such songs as "Norwegian Wood," "Love You To", and "Within You Without You". His experimentation with the instrument brought him into contact with the sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, who became a close friend and mentor.

It was his meeting with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that led him first into meditation. In the summer of 1969, the Beatles produced the single "Hare Krishna Mantra", performed by Harrison and the devotees of the London Radha-Krishna Temple that topped the 10 best-selling record charts throughout UK, Europe, and Asia.

The same year, he and fellow Beatle John Lennon met Swami Prabhupada A.C

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Bill Evans: Hey Bill, It's Paul From Abbey Road

Read "Hey Bill, It's Paul From Abbey Road" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Hot after the release of Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's (2020), Resonance Records and the Estate of Bill Evans announced an extraordinary find, now in the final stages of being prepped as a two-disc set entitled Hey Bill, It's Paul from Abbey Road. Recorded off the cuff as a sort of mic-set-up time ...

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Eivind Austad: That Feeling

Read "That Feeling" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Presenting an equal amount of originals and covers/standards, Norwegian pianist Eivind Austad's New Orleans Trio channels The Big Easy's musical spirit through gospel-tinged ruminations, extended blues forms and a healthy portion of New Orleans shuffle on the collaboration's debut effort. Following only a year after Austad's sophomore outing Northbound (Losen Records, 2019) saw the light of ...

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Dave Mason: Alone Together Again

Read "Alone Together Again" reviewed by Doug Collette


At the time of its release in July of 1970, Dave Mason's debut solo album, Alone Together (Blue Thumb Records, 1970), was the proverbial perfect storm, a flash-point of both creative art and commerce that remains a singular object of fascination in the annals of contemporary rock. Produced by label co-founder Tommy LiPuma, in conjunction with ...

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Al Di Meola: Across the Universe

Read "Across the Universe" reviewed by Doug Collette


Al Di Meola's Across The Universe reaffirms how ideally the music of the Beatles translates into the eclectic style he forged early in his career. It's not as if the multi-instrumentalist/composer hadn't already made the point with All Your Life (inakustik, 2013), but this second, similarly conceived album is not only worth savoring repeatedly on its ...

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Funk Shui NYC: Shark NATO on a Plane

Read "Shark NATO on a Plane" reviewed by Jack Bowers


While some older listeners (and younger ones as well) may be thrown slightly off-kilter and find it hard to apprehend exactly what Funk Shui NYC is about, it must be conceded that the New York-based ensemble in all likelihood represents the future of big-band jazz, or at least a sizeable and assertive chunk of it. The ...

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Ayman Fanous / Frances-Marie Uitti: Negoum

Read "Negoum" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The very flexible tone systems of the Middle East and Southern Asia have influenced Western music for decades. From John Coltrane to Jimmy Page and George Harrison, the sounds of those regions have often successfully fused with the disciplined beat of the West. Egyptian-born, New York-based guitarist and bouzouki player Ayman Fanous and American-born, Paris-based cellist ...

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Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road And The End of The Beatles

Read "Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road And The End of The Beatles" reviewed by Doug Collette


Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road And The End of the Beatles Kenneth Womack 288 Pages ISBN: #978-1501746857 Cornell University Press 2019 Reverberating with all manner of interpretations, Solid State is a magnificently ironic title for a book purporting to tell The Story of Abbey Road and The ...

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Walter Fischbacher: Moments

Read "Moments" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Austrian-American pianist Walter Fischbacher has been a steady New York City presence for over 20 years. He is one half of a NYC music power duo, the other half being vocalist (and his wife) Elisabeth Lohninger. Together, the pair make records and ran Lofish Studios, which transitioned to Lofish Music in 2015. He is involved in ...

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Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times

Read "Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


The times we live in call for reflection and one of the ways of providing it is through music. Music can slow our lives down and make us live in the moment, but it can also connect people. Since he discovered music, guitarist and composer Shambhu Neil Vineberg has been on a journey that has seen ...


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