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NEWS: OBITUARY

Phil Spector (1939-2021)

Phil Spector (1939-2021)

Phil Spector, a record producer, songwriter and co-founder of Philles Records whose “wall of sound" studio formula launched a new, influential approach to pop-rock orchestration in the early 1960s, died at the California Health Care Facility in Stockton on January 16 at age 81. He was 11 years into a 19-year prison sentence for killing actress-model ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Cynthia Lin: Teaching Jazz Ukulele on Four Strings of Aloha

Read "Cynthia Lin: Teaching Jazz Ukulele on Four Strings of Aloha" reviewed by Arthur R George

"Aloha, everyone!" is Cynthia Lin's cheerful greeting to start her ukulele instructional videos which have compiled millions of views on YouTube. It is like a dear friend's individual welcoming. Her site mixes jazz classics: “Night and Day" by Cole Porter, “Don't Get Around Much Anymore," “On the Sunny Side of the Street," and “Unforgettable," among ballads ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Muriel Grossmann: Reverence

Read "Reverence" reviewed by Chris May

Since the late 1990s, the Spanish island of Ibiza has been synonymous with two things: electronic dance music and 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine aka MDMA or ecstasy. Austrian-born saxophonist Muriel Grossmann has lived on Ibiza since 2004 and her intense wall-of-sound style of astral jazz suggests she is familiar with both those pillars of Ibizan nightlife. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love at NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Christine Connallon

Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY June 27, 2019 Darlene Love, born Darlene Wright, is an American singer and actress who discovered her voice while singing in her church at the age of 10 in Los Angeles, CA. Gospel gave her a foundation and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

PunktFestival 2017

Read "PunktFestival 2017" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Punkt Festival Kristiansand, Norvegia Varie sedi 31.8-2.9.2017 Come sempre Punkt è un festival fuori dall'ordinario e all'insegna dell'imprevisto e dell'imprevedibile. Una sorta di Industria 4.0 della musica: fuori dal “circolo" dei tour estivi, tipico dei festival jazz, e poco interessato a fotografare il passato e il presente, è invece molto attento ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Emi Ferguson: Amour Cruel

Read "Amour Cruel" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Crossing musical borders is a risky business. Our culture loves certainty; the marketplace prefers easily distinguishable, homogenous categories. Whereas contemporary visual artists, at least since Rauschenberg, receive critical praise (and financial reward) for combining styles and materials previously thought to be discrete, contemporary musicians who cross boundaries put their reputations, and sometimes their careers, on the ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

Phil Spector Documentary to Screen in Hollywood

A new British documentary, The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector, will screen for a week in August at the American Cinematheques Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, where the films director and co-producer, Vikram Jayanti, will be on hand for the opening night on Aug. 19. Jayanti interviewed Spector in depth during his first trial in the ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Imprisoned, Phil Spector is Credited as Producer of Wife's New CD

The collection of up-tempo pop songs apparently were recorded before he was sentenced to 19 years to life for murdering struggling actress Lana Clarkson. Music producer Phil Spector was legendary for his work with Tina Turner, the Ronettes and the Beatles. But certainly his greatest feat would seem to be the release this summer of a ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Phil Spector Will Be Allowed Jam Sessions with Fellow Prisoners

Phil Spectors permanent assignment in the state prison system is a massive Central Valley penitentiary with special accommodations for older and disabled inmates. And even behind bars, the man credited with inventing the “Wall of Sound" will still be allowed to create music. The 69-year-old record producer, serving at least 19 years for the murder of ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Her Husband Behind Bars, Spector's Wife Breaks Silence

Rachelle Spector, 28, scoffs at the notion that she's a gold digger, saying she's devoted to her role as the spokeswoman for the producer's cause and chief financial officer of his music empire. Rachelle Spector arrived for lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel with one French-manicured hand gripping a hot pink BlackBerry. “I never know when ...


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