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John Lennon was the Beatles' most committed rock & roller, their social conscience, and their slyest verbal wit. After the group's breakup, he and his second wife, Yoko Ono, carried on intertwined solo careers. Ono's early albums presaged the elastic, screechy vocal style of late- '70s new wavers like the B-52's and Lene Lovich. L7 and Babes in Toyland have also been influenced by and benefited from Ono's attitudinal, emotionally trailblazing work. Lennon strove to break taboos and to be ruthlessly, publicly honest. When he was murdered on December 8, 1980, he and Ono seemed on the verge of a new, more optimistic phase

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Article: The Revolution Will NOT Be Televised

Gil Scott-Heron: Paean To The Spirit Of One Of The Last Poets

Read "Gil Scott-Heron: Paean To The Spirit Of One Of The Last Poets" reviewed by William H. Snyder


IntroductionWhat does it take to be a griot? According to the dictionary, griots are a 'member of a hereditary caste among the peoples of western Africa whose function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village and to entertain with stories, poems, songs, dances, etc.' Gil Scott-Heron did not grow up in West ...

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Article: Film Review

The Beatles And India

Read "The Beatles And India" reviewed by Doug Collette


The Beatles The Beatles And India Renoir Pictures/MVD 2022 The Beatles And India is not an authorized piece of film approved for release thru the current Apple organization, but perhaps it ought to be. This feature-length documentary collects in one place the various story lines arising around the iconic British band's ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Michael Robinson's Piano Improvisations: Seven Albums of Unique Takes on Standards

Read "Michael Robinson's Piano Improvisations: Seven Albums of Unique Takes on Standards" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Keyboardist Michael Robinson is a prolific and creative artist who is best known for his haunting, Eastern-inspired, musical soundscapes. He usually utilizes his own invention, the digital Meruvina, for these recordings. Robinson, however, is also an accomplished pianist and has self-produced several superb solo albums of piano improvisations. In 2021 and 2022 he released seven of ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Caravan in 37 dischi

Read "Caravan in 37 dischi" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Impressionante. Questa è la prima parola che ci viene in mente per Who Do You Think You Are?, uno dei cofanetti più esaustivi della produzione discografica legata al rock. 35 CD, un DVD, un disco Blu-ray. Un volume di grande formato con circa 150 pagine riccamente illustrate, decina e decina di memorabilia legate alla storia dei ...

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Article: Album Review

Graham Parker: Another Grey Area 40th Anniversary Edition

Read "Another Grey Area 40th Anniversary Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette


Iconoclassic Records lives up to its label name with this Graham Parker reissue. Admittedly a niche artist, this irascible Brit has seen more than a few excerpts from his lengthy discography treated with the meticulous care that bespeaks true labors of love, and this initial release of Parker's sans the splendid backing band known as the ...

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Article: Six Picks

January 2022

Read "January 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Bendik Hofseth Roots C+C records 2022 The second act in the Norwegian saxophonist's Forest tetralogy, Roots focuses around Bendik Hofseth's chamber-jazz qualities in the company of a string quartet plus guitarist Eivind Aarset and percussionist Per Oddvar Johansen, who both return for a second time out after 2020's Trunks. ...

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Let It Be - Super Deluxe Special Edition

Label: Apple/UMe
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD1: Let It Be (Remixed) - Two Of Us; Dig A Pony; Across The Universe; I Me Mine; Dig It; Let It Be; Maggie Mae; I’ve Got A Feeling; One After 909; The Long And Winding Road; For You Blue; Get Back. CD2: Get Back – Apple Sessions - Morning Camera (Speech – mono) / Two Of Us; Maggie Mae / Fancy My Chances With You; Can You Dig It?; I Don’t Know Why I’m Moaning; For You Blue. Let It Be / Please Please Me / Let It Be; I’ve Got A Feeling; Dig A Pony; Get Back; Like Making An Album?; One After 909; Don’t Let Me Down; The Long And Winding Road; Wake Up Little Susie / I Me Mine. CD3: Get Back – Rehearsals and Apple Jams - On The Day Shift Now (Speech – mono) / All Things Must Pass; Concentrate On The Sound ; Gimme Some Truth; I Me Mine; She Came In Through The Bathroom Window; Polythene Pam ; Octopus’s Garden; Oh! Darling; Get Back; The Walk (Jam);Without A Song (Jam) ; Something; Let It Be. CD4: Get Back LP – 1969 Glyn Johns Mix - One After 909; I’m Ready (aka Rocker) / Save The Last Dance For Me / Don’t Let Me Down; Don’t Let Me Down; Dig A Pony; I’ve Got A Feeling; Get Back; For You Blue; Teddy Boy; Two Of Us; Maggie Mae; Dig It; 12: Let It Be; The Long And Winding Road; Get Back (Reprise).CD5: Let It Be EP - Across The Universe; I Me Mine; Don’t Let Me Down; Let It Be. Blu-ray: Let It Be Special Edition audio mixes - Dolby Atmos 96kHz/24-bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 96kHz/24-bit High Res Stereo (2019 Stereo Mix)

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Article: So You Don't Like Jazz

Michael Jackson & Jimmy Smith to Stevie Wonder & Dizzy Gillespie — My Top Ten Jazz/Pop Encounters

Read "Michael Jackson & Jimmy Smith to Stevie Wonder & Dizzy Gillespie — My Top Ten Jazz/Pop Encounters" reviewed by Alan Bryson


It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb, “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers the tastes and sensibilities of the other person. The “So You Don't Like Jazz" ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Let It Be - Super Deluxe Special Edition

Read "Let It Be - Super Deluxe Special Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette


It's perfectly reasonable to state that the Beatles' Let It Be Super Deluxe Special Edition is the iconic group's third attempt to release music from their (three weeks of) January 1969 recordings. Originally set to be released as an album titled Get Back Don't Let Me Down and 12 Other Songs (as emblazoned on a contemporary ...


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