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Dave Slonaker: Convergency

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In December 1910, Virginia Woolf once observed, human character changed and, along with it, so did everything else. Politics, society, religion, sex, all of it, she thought, would leave the ancien regime behind. And, to a point, she was correct. Within a few years, the old world was gone, swept away by war and revolution. It ...


Article: Book Review

Dangerous Rhythms: Jazz and the Underworld

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Dangerous Rhythms: Jazz and the Underworld T. J. English 420 Pages ISBN: # 978-0-06-303141-8 William Morrow 2022 The subtitle of this not uninteresting history by T.J. English could well be “Sex, Drugs, Jazz, and the Mob," because, for the most part, that is what you get. It is a ...


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Sidney Jacobs: If I Were Your Woman

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Take a deep breath. Whether or not Sidney Jacobs came up with the somewhat offbeat title of this album (originally the property of Gladys Knight and the Pips) is irrelevant. What would matter is that there is a clear line of sonic and stylistic descent from Al Jarreau to Jacobs. Fans of Jarreau's style are going ...


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Antonio Adolfo: Octet And Originals

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Some people can probably say what they were doing the first time they heard modern Brazilian music. The first wave hit in the early '60s with Vinicius de Moraes and Antonio Carlos Jobim, but there has been a great deal of water over the dam since then. Stylistic variety, regional variations, new composers, two generations of ...


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Abel Mireles: Animo

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The life stories of musicians raised along the Southern border of the United States tend to be compelling. The Juárez-El Paso conurbation is home to 2.7 million people. It is famous, not to say notorious, for many of its lurid stories of drugs, cartels, mayhem and violence. It is a pity that more of them are ...


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Angelica Sanchez: Sparkle Beings

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A famous philosopher once said “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." This is something of a problem for a reviewer. If the music is stunning—unexpectedly so—then the logical thing is to simply write that. But then it is possible to end up end up well out of one's depth. If the ...


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Stan Killian: Brooklyn Calling

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Years ago, a group of folks were having dinner at a Westside San Antonio, Texas, restaurant known as Los Barrios. Occasionally, some restaurants there would start a jazz policy. In a place better known for mariachis, this would be a pleasant surprise. One Friday evening, some kid was playing tenor sax, quite a bit of tenor ...


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Steve Knight: Persistence

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Readers have surely heard of a “sniff test." It is an informal assessment that something, particularly in finance, just does not look right. It is usually intuitive rather than formal. But many analysts employ one before turning to more elaborate kinds of examinations to verify their suspicions. Music has no sniff test, but it ...


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Beverley Church Hogan: Sweet Invitation

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In 1984, an American writer named Harriet Doerr published a compelling novel called Stones for Ibarra (Penguin Books). The novel, partly autobiographical, was about rural Mexico. Ms. Doerr's novel was her first. It won a National Book Award. Doerr had attended university for a bit but dropped out to raise a family. She was 74 years ...


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Dana Fitzsimons: Fault Lines

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Fault Lines is never going to be confused with easy listening. While it has somehow acquired the label of free jazz, whatever that is, it is not cacophonous, aimless or even particularly adventurous. It is difficult in the way that Brad Mehldau is difficult, which is to say, one has to pay attention. There are distinct ...


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