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Leon Russell

Leon Russell is a music legend and perhaps the most accomplished and versatile musician in the history of rock 'n roll. In his distinguished and unique 50 year career, he has played on, arranged, written and/or produced some of the best records in popular music. Leon has played on pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, standards, gospel, and surf records. As a session musician, arranger, producer, singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, record company owner, bandleader, and touring musician, he has collaborated with hundreds of artists. Born in southwest Oklahoma in 1942, Leon began piano lessons at age 4

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Bruce Hornsby: Non-Secure Connection

Read "Non-Secure Connection" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's hard to imagine Bruce Hornsby's listeners being fazed much by anything he does anymore. Harmonic layers of semi-processed voice drones in an ambient haze? Classy strings crossed with jarringly angular piano and over-jokey lyrics about internet girls? After a career that's touched on jazz and bluegrass as prominently as folk and classical, his familiar crowd ...

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Sam Fazio: Let's Go

Read "Let's Go" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Vocalist Sam Fazio has been honing his craft in Chicago for numerous years, with residences at leading hotels including a six-year run at the Drake. Fazio is no stranger to festivals either, with appearances at the Chicago Jazz Festival and Taste of Chicago. On his 2020 outing, Fazio teams with guitarist Tuck Andress and ...

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Nuphar Fey: Serenity Island

Read "Serenity Island" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Something restless and antediluvian holds the heart of Serenity Island, Israeli pianist Nuphar Fey's Hypnote debut. It comes at you like the sea winds which open the exotic chamber jazz muse “Wind of South" then passes over you warmly, with all its ghosts and lost voices as the music moves on. With a stunningly ...

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Woodstock—Back to the Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience

Read "Woodstock—Back to the Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience" reviewed by John Kelman

First things first. For all but the most committed of fans, knowledge of what transpired, how it transpired and when it transpired at the now-legendary 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Fair has, despite a variety of initial, 25th and 40th Anniversary audio and video releases, been severely limited. As engaging, entertaining and well-constructed as these various ...

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Mats Eilertsen: Reveries and Revelations

Read "Reveries and Revelations" reviewed by John Eyles

In rock music, the heyday of “and friends" albums (Leon Russell or Eric Clapton releases for examples) seems long past; on such records, the headliner was joined by a famous star names on different tracks, their presence helping to attract publicity and boost sales. The last hooray of the genre probably came with charity recordings such ...

Ten Artists: June 2019

Read "Ten Artists: June 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Polly Gibbons All I Can Do Resonance Records 2019 Polly Gibbons's 2017 Resonance release, Is It Me...? was positively received by All About Jazz and other outlets when it appeared. That recording featured a crack trio augmented with soloists, establishing Gibbons as a sensitive yet muscular interpreter of the American ...

On a Distant Shore

Label: Palmetto Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: On a Distant Shore; The Night We Fell in Love; Love This Way; Here Without You; Inside the Night; This Masquerade; Black and Blue; Sweet Valentine; Just Leaves and Grass; The Love of My Life; On the Waterfront; Easy to Love; Hummingbird; The One I love is Wrong; Where Do We Go From Here; A Song for You.

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The Original Delaney & Bonnie (Accept No Substitute) and To Bonnie From Delaney

Read "The Original Delaney & Bonnie (Accept No Substitute) and To Bonnie From Delaney" reviewed by Doug Collette

Delaney & Bonnie's best work functions as a primer on contemporary rock and roll, not to mention how the pair functioned as a catalyst to what's arguably the most prolific and productive instances of musical community that arose from the late Sixties and early Seventies. And even if the following two selections are the sole titles ...

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Leon Russell: On a Distant Shore

Read "On a Distant Shore" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In the same way that the death of my Aunt Irene in the early 1990s showed me Father Time was coming for my immediate family, did I realize the same fate awaited my musical heroes when Frank Zappa was shown the door about the same time. This past year has been especially hard with the deaths ...


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