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John Fahey - acoustic guitar (1939 - 2001) Acoustic guitarist John Fahey was impossible to classify. His eclectic music included traditional-sounding folk pieces, Indian ragas, blues, and unpredictable modern works, not fitting securely into any specific category but somehow always sounding personal. John Fahey was born on February 28, 1939 in Takoma Park, Maryland. His father played popular songs on the piano and Irish harp, and his mother was also a pianist. John spent his youth raising wood turtles and fishing in the Susquehawa River and upper Chesapeake Bay. On Sundays the family went to the New River Ranch in nearby Rising Sun, MD where they heard the top country and hillbilly groups of the day, like Bill Monroe and The Stanley Brothers

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Gianmaria Aprile e Massimo Garritano: visioni sonore solitarie

Read "Gianmaria Aprile e Massimo Garritano: visioni sonore solitarie" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Recentemente sono stati pubblicati due lavori di chitarristi italiani accomunati da una gestazione molto simile, anche se molto diversi nei risultati musicali. Entrambi sono stati concepiti e realizzati durante un isolamento volontario degli artisti nei loro paesi di origine ai lati opposti della penisola (Lombardia per Gianmaria Aprile, Calabria per Massimo Garritano), in mezzo alla natura, ...

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Steffen Basho-Junghans: The Dancer on the Hill

Read "The Dancer on the Hill" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


After a long period of silence due to health problems, and difficulties in finding a recording outlet for his work, German guitarist Steffen Basho-Junghans is back with a new album, released by the English label Architects of Harmonic Rooms & Records, only available on vinyl and as digital download, similar to what was done in 2009 ...

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Article: Hardly Strictly Jazz

Death Is Not The End and the Law of Periodical Repetition

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"Will this wonderful civilization of today perish? Yes, everything perishes. Will it rise and exist again? It will—for nothing can happen that will not happen again. And again, and still again, forever. It took more than eight centuries to prepare this civilization— then it suddenly began to grow, and in less than a century it is ...

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Steffen Basho-Junghans: The Dancer on the Hill

Read "The Dancer on the Hill" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Dopo un lungo periodo di silenzio causato da problemi di salute e difficoltà nel trovare uno sbocco discografico per i propri lavori, il chitarrista tedesco Steffen Basho-Junghans ritorna con un nuovo album, pubblicato dalla etichetta inglese Architects of Harmonic Rooms & Records, disponibile solamente su vinile e digital download. La musica di Basho-Junghans ha ...

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The Art of ILK

Read "The Art of ILK" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Formed in 2007, ILK (an abbreviation of Independent Label of København) is an artist-run label based in Copenhagen, encompassing a collective of 21 adventurous musicians. They started out as the young rebels of the Danish jazz scene but have become the established pioneers of the new Danish avantgarde. If you think of the avantgarde as an ...

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Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho

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Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho A film by Liam Barker Liam Barker Film Production2015/2019 Acoustic guitar music wouldn't be the same without the pioneering effort of John Fahey, but If Fahey became the face of what he dubbed American Primitive music, a genre of advanced acoustic guitar ...

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American Beauty: Musical Treasures on Tompkins Square

Read "American Beauty: Musical Treasures on Tompkins Square" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Back in 1952, Folkways Records released its groundbreaking Anthology of American Folk Music. It was a collection that gathered some of the best slices of American music, including gospel, blues and old-time music. It has since been followed by countless other compilations, but the ambition and the scope of the collection is still relevant. Tradition should ...

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Ross Hammond, Sameer Gupta: Upward

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Dopo aver pubblicato lo scorso anno il bellissimo Flight, album di sola chitarra acustica dove rivisitava la tradizione blues e gospel nello stile American Primitive, il chitarrista Ross Hammond si prende un'altra vacanza dall'ambiente jazzistico dove è più conosciuto con un nuovo lavoro completamente acustico. Questa volta si fa accompagnare dal percussionista di origini indiane Sameer ...

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Rollin' and Tumblin'

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Rollin' and Tumblin' Roberto Menabò 194 Pagine ISBN: 978-8862318228 Arcana 2014 Per quanto il blues sia un genere musicale da tempo largamente diffuso e storicizzato, i dati biografici dei suoi più grandi interpreti sono ancora ampiamente sconosciuti, dispersi nel terreno paludoso tra realtà e leggenda dove spesso le ...


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