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Article: Album Review

David Broza: En Casa Limon

Read "En Casa Limon" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


If any instrument captures the spirit of Spain, it is the guitar. Performers such as Tomatito and Paco De Lucia have helped bring flamenco guitar to a global audience, and both have recorded albums at the Casa Limón Studios in Madrid. This studio has a certain mystique about it, and is where David Broza recorded En ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Keep On Pluckin'

Read "Keep On Pluckin'" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Four six-string masters going solo are the focus for this fortnight's podcast, and they cover the gamut from acoustic true-believers to studio mavens ready to mix it up with multi-tracking and effects pedals. What are the benefits—and dangers—of attempting jazz without compadres? Wouldn't you know it, Pat & Mike have opinions on that topic. Pop matters ...

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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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Article: Album Review

Ralph Towner: My Foolish Heart

Read "My Foolish Heart" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Ralph Towner has occasionally said that he considers himself less a musician than a sort of audio novelist. An album or concert might not tell a single strict narrative, exactly, but dynamic flow is central to his compositions as much as his marvelously expressive fretting and plucking. Unsurprisingly from a player so known for picturesque sensibility ...

Article: Album Review

Ross Hammond: Flight

Read "Flight" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Ross Hammond è un chitarrista jazz americano molto attivo da una dozzina di anni sulla scena della musica improvvisata in California, dove risiede. Per il suo ultimo CD realizzato in completa solitudine ha voluto effettuare una sorta di ritorno alle radici, andando ad esplorare quel territorio conosciuto come American Primitive Guitar, un misto di folk, blues, ...

Article: Album Review

Robbie Basho: The Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6&12

Read "The Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6&12" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Al momento della sua scomparsa, avvenuta prematuramente nel febbraio 1986 a soli 45 anni, il chitarrista Robbie Basho era già quasi dimenticato. Dopo il boom della chitarra acustica cui lui stesso aveva contribuito nella seconda metà degli anni '60, la sua fama si era progressivamente oscurata, a causa di uno stile troppo avanzato per il suo ...

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Article: Album Review

Ryan Blotnick: Solo, Volume I

Read "Solo, Volume I" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Dopo due album a suo nome registrati con formazioni variabili (trio, quartetto, quintetto), il giovane chitarrista Ryan Blotnick (classe 1983) ha sentito il bisogno di ritrovare una dimensione più intimista, dedicandosi intensamente alla pratica del solo, allo stesso tempo ritornando nel nativo Maine dopo alcuni anni trascorsi a New York. Ne scaturisce un lavoro delicato e ...

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Article: Live Review

Live From Old York: Krystle Warren, Gwyneth Herbert & Katy Moffatt

Read "Live From Old York: Krystle Warren, Gwyneth Herbert & Katy Moffatt" reviewed by Martin Longley


Krystle Warren/Gwyneth Herbert The Duchess September 10, 2013 The Duchess is mostly accustomed to music at high volume, so this evening of intimate almost-jazz singer-songwriters highlighted the ripping sound of the joint's sticky beer-suction flooring on its small gathering's footwear. Baby Jesus forbid that any audience member dared ...

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Take Five With Axel Schultheiss

Read "Take Five With Axel Schultheiss" reviewed by Axel Schultheiss


Meet Axel Schultheiss: I started playing the guitar at 15 and soon got into finger-style guitar when I heard players like Leo Kottke. Shortly after this I started to compose my own music and played concerts. My sound began to emerge more and more once I started combing acoustic finger-style techniques with delay and loop pedals. ...


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