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Paul McCartney

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Original member of the Fab Four, The Beatles. Composed many songs for the Lad's before departing to a solo career. Began a new group, Wings which was very successful. Continued to make the Playboy's Best Bass Player of the year. McCartney composed title tracks for several Motion Pictures, including HELP!, A Hard Days Night, James Bond and Vanilla Sky, which the later two were nominated for an Academy Award. He received an Oscar in 1970 for Best Music, Original Song Score, Let It Be. He has toured around the world several times, drawing a large audience, performed with many artists over the years, and been covered by just everybody

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Hey Bill, It's Paul From Abbey Road

Label: April First Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Yesterdays; Yesterday; Eleanor Rigby; Within You, Without You; The Mon's Restless Power; That's Alright Mama; Tomato Crankhead; Bluebird; Summertime; Someday My Prince Will Come.

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Article: So You Don't Like Jazz

Top Ten Kennedy Center Musical Moments

Read "Top Ten Kennedy Center Musical Moments" reviewed by Alan Bryson


It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb: “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage them, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers their tastes and sensibilities. This So You Don't Like Jazz column explores ways ...

Article: Album Review

John Wolf Brennan: Nitty Gritty Ditties

Read "Nitty Gritty Ditties" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Sotto l'insegna Nonsolopiano (sottotitolo del CD), John Wolf Brennan ci offre una nuova prova del suo enciclopedismo musicale, fatto di un polistrumentismo tastieristico in cui il piano rimane pur sempre il faro e di input stilistici (meglio ancora linguistici) decisamente variegati. In questi fittissimi trentatré brani (svarianti da meno di un minuto a quasi quattro, per ...

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Article: Album Review

Bill Evans: Hey Bill, It's Paul From Abbey Road

Read "Hey Bill, It's Paul From Abbey Road" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Hot after the release of Bill Evans Live at Ronnie Scott's (2020), Resonance Records and the Estate of Bill Evans announced an extraordinary find, now in the final stages of being prepped as a two-disc set entitled Hey Bill, It's Paul from Abbey Road. Recorded off the cuff as a sort of mic-set-up time ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Andrea Balestra: A Rich Sicilian Odyssey

Read "Andrea Balestra:  A Rich Sicilian Odyssey" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Guitarist Andrea Balestra makes a cerebral investment with every note he plays and with all of his compositions. A lot of guitarists like to jam. Balestra isn't one of them. Substance is preferred over droning speed. His highly intensified music is born of traditional Italian music...being from Sicily perhaps a factor...a deep integration of blues, a ...

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Article: Blues Deluxe

Fall 2020

Read "Fall 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette


Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Heathcote Hill “the stories we are told" 311 Music 2020 Roots-music artists too often sacrifice ...

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Article: Album Review

The Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time OutTakes

Read "Time OutTakes" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


When, for the first and the millionth time Paul McCartney is queried by lazy savants and crazed fans about what he would have cut from epic double White Album (Apple, 1968) to make it the strongest of the strongest single disc ever, the cutely weathered one just replies “It's the Beatles' bleedin' White Album, man" and ...

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Article: Album Review

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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Article: Book Review

The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma

Read "The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma" reviewed by Doug Collette


The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma Ben Sidran 286 pages ISBN: #978-0578556604 Nardis Books 2020 Keyboardist, vocalist, composer and author, plus long-time compatriot of none other than 'The Space Cowboy' himself, Steve Miller, Ben Sidran is the epitome of well-crafted spontaneity. As was, in his own inimitable fashion, musician/producer/entrepreneur ...


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