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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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Article: Multiple Reviews

Recent Vocal Releases

Read "Recent Vocal Releases" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Here are five recent releases by vocalists who each have their own unique spin on jazz singing. Liz Terrell It's All Right With Me Westmont 2022 Liz Terrell's musical path has led her into the worlds of cabaret, musical theatre and gospel. This is her first recording ...

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News: Video / DVD

Leon Russell: Homewood Session, 1970

Leon Russell: Homewood Session, 1970

Leon Russell was an interesting artist. Born in Oklahoma, he began playing piano at a very young age and was getting paid for it starting at 14 when he gigged in Tulsa. As Leon told me when I visited him at home in Nashville in 2014: “Whatever I heard I could remember and play. When I ...

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Article: Film Review

Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Capitol Session '73

Read "Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Capitol Session '73" reviewed by Doug Collette


Bob Marley and the Wailers The Capitol Session '73 Mercury Studios 2021 Talk about buried treasure indeed! Bob Marley and The Wailers The Capitol Session '73 would not exist in this CD/DVD package (or it's other configurations) if not for a series of deceptively fortuitous events that occurred nearly a half-century ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Mason: Alone Together Again

Read "Alone Together Again" reviewed by Doug Collette


At the time of its release in July of 1970, Dave Mason's debut solo album, Alone Together (Blue Thumb Records, 1970), was the proverbial perfect storm, a flash-point of both creative art and commerce that remains a singular object of fascination in the annals of contemporary rock. Produced by label co-founder Tommy LiPuma, in conjunction with ...

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Article: Album Review

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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Article: Album Review

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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Article: Album Review

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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Article: Extended Analysis

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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Article: Album Review

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 ...


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