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After Neil Young left the Californian folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield in 1968, he slowly established himself as one of the most influential and idiosyncratic singer/songwriters of his generation. Young's body of work ranks second only to Bob Dylan in terms of depth, and he was able to sustain his critical reputation, as well as record sales, for a longer period of time than Dylan, partially because of his willfully perverse work ethic. From the beginning of his solo career in the late '60s until the late '90s, he never stopped writing, recording, and performing; his official catalog only represented a portion of his work, since he kept countless tapes of unreleased songs in his vaults

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Steve Haines and The Third Floor Orchestra: Steve Haines and The Third Floor Orchestra

Read "Steve Haines and The Third Floor Orchestra" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Dare al lettore—nel breve spazio di una recensione—l'idea del contenuto e del valore (in un giudizio ovviamente soggettivo) di un album spinge a usare tutte quelle classificazioni nate per orientarci. In poche parole, creare delle mappe è utile ma se il territorio è ricco di elementi diversi si rischia di usare etichette fuorvianti. ...

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Emma Swift's Multitudes

Read "Emma Swift's Multitudes" reviewed by Eric Gudas


As its title suggests, Blonde on the Tracks, Australian-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Emma Swift's first full-length album, re-interprets songs from the heart of Bob Dylan 1960s and '70s catalog, although its span covers his most recent work. Swift belongs to the generations of listeners who grew up on the songs of Gram Parsons}], Dylan, {{m: Joni Mitchell, ...

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Mark Murphy, Folk Artist: Hiding Place

Read "Hiding Place" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Mark Murphy's 2018 release Pocketful of Rainbows (Self Produced, 2018) was a surprise stand-out recording that year. Now, this Mark Murphy is not that Mark Murphy (1932 -2015), icon of jazz vocals. This Mark Murphy is a singer/songwriter whose 2016 release, Slip Away (Mini Movie) scored points for one of Downbeat Magazine's recordings of that year. ...

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Brad Mehldau: Suite: April 2020

Read "Suite: April 2020" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


"Suite: April 2020 è un'istantanea musicale della vita nel mondo in cui ci siamo trovati tutti. Ho cercato di ritrarre al pianoforte alcune esperienze e sensazioni che sono allo stesso tempo nuove e comuni a molti di noi." Con queste parole di una semplicità disarmante Brad Mehldau introduce in una nota di presentazione il suo terzo ...

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Stoll Vaughan: Desires Shape

Read "Desires Shape" reviewed by Doug Collette


Stoll Vaughan's profile rose appreciably when he was credited with —and duly lauded for--penning material that appeared on the Allman-Betts Band debut album Down To The River (BMG, 2019). Cryptic as his own album title seems on the surface, there is no lack of clarity in the man's writing nor the spartan production, arrangement and musicianship ...

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Article: Book Review

Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music

Read "Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music" reviewed by Doug Collette


Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer's Life in Music Ted Templeman as told to Greg Renoff 472 pages ISBN: 10: 1770414835 ECW Press 2020 It's some measure of Ted Templeman's humility that so many of the photos that appear throughout A Platinum Producer's Life in Music do not feature him. ...

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Steve Dawson: Finding the Secret of a Song

Read "Steve Dawson: Finding the Secret of a Song" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


It might be that singer/songwriter Steve Dawson was born in California and raised in Idaho, but he has become a son of the city he calls home: jny: Chicago. He is teaching at the acclaimed Old Town School of Folk Music and while preparing others for a life in music, he has also followed his own ...

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Article: Top Ten List

The Book of Neil (Young): How the Godfather of Grunge Became an Influencer of Jazz

Read "The Book of Neil (Young): How the Godfather of Grunge Became an Influencer of Jazz" reviewed by Kelley Suttenfield


As a child of the '70s, Neil Young's music was some of the first I heard played on the radio. Heart of Gold must have been piped into every café, truck stop, and grocery store in Central Virginia, where I spent my formative years. And if you were taking a road trip, scanning the stations meant ...

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Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz

Read "Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz" reviewed by Jim Worsley


An unassuming bespectacled man in his mid-sixties walks on to the stage. In a band with stellar, famous, and maybe flashier musicians, one could be forgiven if they didn't even notice him right away. But as soon as Bob Sheppard presses a saxophone, clarinet, or flute onto his lips, he is super, man! An incredible musician ...


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