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Promise Kept: The Complete Artists House Recordings

Read "Promise Kept: The Complete Artists House Recordings" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes

A Man and His Word Art Pepper's career as an alto saxophonist is often said to exist in two eras, separated by incarceration and marriage, joined together by a penchant for substance abuse. In 1952, Pepper was a young jazzman on the rise in a world where John Coltrane and Miles Davis had yet to become ...

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Malo: Latin Bugaloo: The Warner Bros. Singles

Read "Latin Bugaloo: The Warner Bros. Singles" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

"Malo was pretty much a jam," reflects Malo bandleader Jorge Santana (younger brother to Carlos Santana) in the notes to Latin Bugaloo. “Just a lot of natural energy. But it had to be structured into an arrangement." Latin Bugaloo compiles the A-and B-sides of six Malo singles released during the band's 1970s golden age, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dennis Coffey: One Night at Morey's: 1968

Read "One Night at Morey's: 1968" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

And all of the sudden, Funk Brother guitarist Dennis Coffey is one hot cuppa joe. With the 2017 Resonance Records' release of Hot Coffey In The D--Burnin' At Morey Baker's Showplace Lounge we listeners have become reacquainted with the guitarist who seasoned such Detroit recordings as The Temptations' “Ball of Confusion" (Gordy, 1970); Edwin Starr's “War" ...

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Iain Matthews: Redefining Eclectic

Read "Iain Matthews: Redefining Eclectic" reviewed by Doug Collette

Few if any contemporary pop or rock artists have maintained a career as long and varied as Iain (nee Ian), Matthews, so his eclectic discography deserves the robust informational and graphical archiving of Omnivore Recording. Moving from his early days as a member of Fairport Convention, the man formed Southern Comfort and moved into more conventional ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Art Pepper with Sheldon and Manne

Art Pepper with Sheldon and Manne

Laurie's Loophole—that would have been a great song title if Art Pepper had decided to name an original song after his wife's ingenious discovery. In 1979, Laurie Pepper spotted a way around her husband Art Pepper's contract with Fantasy/Galaxy Records. Approached by Yupiteru, a Japanese record label eager to record Pepper on straight-ahead West Coast jazz, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Art Pepper: Neon Art: Volume 3

Read "Neon Art: Volume 3" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

This concludes the Neon Art series, whose life began as three vinyl LP releases in 2012. Wisely, Pepper's widow, Laurie Pepper and co-producer Cheryl Pawelski decided to re-issue these performances on CD. Neon Art, Volume 1 and Neon Art, Volume 2 preceded Volume 3 in as many months. The Neon Art performances are ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Art Pepper: Neon Art: Volume 2

Read "Neon Art: Volume 2" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Hard on the heels of Neon Art, Volume 1 (Omnivore, 2015), Art Pepper's Neon Art, Volume 2 retains the first volume's rhythm section save for pianist George Cables taking the place of Milcho Leviev. This sets up and interesting contrast of piano styles while all else remains the same. Volume 1 was recorded from a single ...

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Lloyd Cole: Standards

Read "Standards" reviewed by Doug Collette

Lloyd Cole and his band the Commotions were one of the few bright spots of rock and roll in the Eighties, his fetching melodies and sly lyrics woven in and out of understated musicianship via semi-detached vocals. Since then, Cole's often moved into realms that belie his arch persona, such as Sinatra-styled orchestration, but Standards carries ...

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Humble Pie: Performance - Rockin' the Fillmore

Read "Humble Pie: Performance - Rockin' the Fillmore" reviewed by Doug Collette

Humble Pie's Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore: The Complete Recordings will only solidify the British quartet's position as the point of convergence for the major strains of British rock of the Sixties and Seventies. The four- disc box set documenting their two night four-show run at the late Bill Graham's historic New York venue confirms The Pie ...

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Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper, Vol. VII and Neon Art

Read "Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper, Vol. VII and Neon Art" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Art Pepper (1929 -1982) is the story, but an important subtext is his widow, Laurie Pepper, who, since 2006, has been expanding the saxophonist's discography with unreleased live recordings from the 1980s. At the time, Art Pepper was enjoying his comeback, which began in 1975 with the release of Living Legend (Contemporary), hitting its stride in ...


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