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Collateral: May-June 2004

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Dinah Washington risked it all to establish herself as one of the most controversial singers of the mid-20th century. Fellow musicians loved her. Some critics still think Dinah developed her distinct vocal style in order to sell it out across music genre: R&B, blues, jazz and pop. Despite seven marriages and a turbulent life (ended by ...


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Going the Distance: March-April 2004

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We have instruments and we have the imaginations to use them. Miles Davis was a boxing fan because he could relate to it in two ways: boxing (like jazz) is a remarkably honest sport, and boxing (like jazz) is a remarkably rough business. The work of great boxers, like the work of great jazz musicians, ...


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Priorities of Survival: January-February 2004

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The Musical Meaning of Globalization Vancouver is the ultimate ethnic potpourri. Since 1986, Asian business, trade and culture have swarmed to our West Coast as our European descendants did over 136 years ago. Vancouver culture is completely inclusive; Vancouverites pursue their hopes and dreams within autonomous political, social and cultural contexts. That is ...


Article: Film Review

Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind

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Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind is an outstanding Digital Video Disc (DVD) of the Canadian folk singer who discovered life in art, and kept on dreaming of better times. Producers Susan Levy and Stephanie Bennett leave room for us to make our own sense of Mitchell’s narrative. Through a highly creative blend of concert ...


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Alive: Michael Brecker in Vancouver

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“Thank you for being here.” It was a lone voice in a lone moment but, considering the circumstance, the fan unwittingly summed up Michael Brecker’s concert in Vancouver on December 10. If this Michael Brecker was jet-lagged (“you have no idea...”), one would be frightened to watch him work out. The Michael Brecker Quintet woke ...


Article: Film Review

Pat Metheny Group: Speaking of Now Live

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The Pat Metheny Group's Speaking of Now Live visually presents a new generation of prime players to the PMG's established musical core. This two-hour Digital Video Disc (DVD), recorded in Japan, serves to remind us how change refreshes the human tendency towards habit. In this case, it makes a good concert video. Initiating new ...


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Linton Garner: I Never Said Goodbye

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Linton Garner: I Never Said Goodbye is an excellent 53-minute memorial to the fabulous proceeds of a lifetime musician, as well as the human legacy that Linton Garner forged in the shadows of a famous sibling. For a man who could have sought much greater fame, Linton Garner changed many lives. I Never Said Goodbye was ...


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Terence Blanchard Live: The Interplay

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Terence Blanchard makes solo playing an intriguing puzzle that leaves us grasping to understand. That’s what happened to 350 patrons of Capilano College’s Theatre for the Performing Arts in North Vancouver (Canada) on November 8. Terence Blanchard plays with great autonomy. He is as comfortable holding a note until rapture as he is sizzling ...


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Borne of the Elements: November-December 2003

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The elements of nature and the elements of people are truly amazing. The “Fall rains” (known to many here as six months of liquid depression) arrived in Vancouver with as much fury as did the summer sun. By mid-month, Vancouver was pounded by precipitation in record amounts. On October 16, the Vancouver Airport received 89 ...


Article: Profile

When Pat Metheny Sits Down...

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When Pat Metheny sits before the audience at New York's Beacon Theatre, on November 14, he will start the concert by playing an instrument that the native of Lee's Summit, MO left alone until 2001: the baritone guitar.Pat Metheny changed gears again with his 2003 release of One Quiet Night (Warner Jazz). The album ...


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