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Ry Cooder

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Ryland Peter Cooder, 15 March 1947, Los Angeles, California, USA. One of popular music's premier talents, Cooder mastered the rudiments of guitar while still a child. He learned the techniques of traditional music from Rev. Gary Davis and by the age of 17 was part of a blues act with singer Jackie DeShannon. In 1965, he formed the Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and veteran Spirit drummer Ed Cassidy, but this promising group broke up when the release of a completed album was cancelled. However, the sessions brought Cooder into contact with producer Terry Melcher, who in turn employed the guitarist on several sessions, notably with Paul Revere And The Raiders

Article: Under the Radar

Spirit: La famiglia scende in campo

Read "Spirit: La famiglia scende in campo" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Randy California, nato nel 1951 a Los Angeles come Randy Craig Wolfe, iniziò a suonare la chitarra giovanissimo, aiutato dalla madre, una musicista folk, che gli insegnò le prime posizioni sulla tastiera. La madre Bernice era sorella di Ed Pearl, proprietario del locale Ash Grove e il giovane Randy si ritrovò a vivere in prima persona ...

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Article: Album Review

Taj Mahal: Savoy

Read "Savoy" reviewed by Steve Yip


Folk/blues practitioner Taj Mahal's Savoy is to be savored. As one of the custodians of the blues, Mahal has long been a legend in his own time. This collection traverses a cultural-musical continuum in an indispensable residency in the annals of Black American music. The namesake of this album--the Savoy on Lenox Avenue in ...

Article: Interview

Zeno De Rossi: Tradire la Tradizione

Read "Zeno De Rossi: Tradire la Tradizione" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Da anni personalità artistica centrale del jazz e della musica improvvisata del nostro Paese, Zeno De Rossi è solito alternare alla realizzazione di progetti a proprio nome sia produzioni collettive, sia collaborazioni con artisti di caratura assoluta--basti pensare alle lunghe esperienze con Franco D'Andrea, Francesco Bearzatti o Roberto Ottaviano. Nell'ultimo anno e mezzo, quando la progressiva ...

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Article: Interview

Ry Cooder: Music Can Bring People Together

Read "Ry Cooder: Music Can Bring People Together" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


The world of music is better because Ry Cooder is in it. He is now among a small handful of artists writing the book on how to keep pushing musical boundaries past the age of senior citizenship, continuing to take chances and exploring. His whole career has been incredibly varied and characterized by exploration, sitting on ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Bill Frisell As Leader: A Beginner's Guide

Read "Bill Frisell As Leader: A Beginner's Guide" reviewed by Ian Patterson


To celebrate the publication of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer (Faber & Faber, 2022), Irish journalist Philip Watson's definitive biography of the Denver guitarist, All About Jazz presents this beginner's guide to Frisell's discography as leader. Half a dozen other albums could easily have made the list, but these selections attempt primarily to highlight the range of ...

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Article: Live Review

Citadelic 2021

Read "Citadelic 2021" reviewed by Martin Longley


Citadelic Citadelpark Gent, Belgium August 16-18, 2021 Your scribe took a three-day slice out of the six-day Citadelic festival, which had returned to its accustomed Citadelpark following a switch of location in 2020. He arrived for the second half of this 14th edition, catching three or four acts ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Trout Mask Replica

Read "Trout Mask Replica" reviewed by Eric Gudas


“No Instruction Sheet": Trout Mask Replica's Unfathomable Origin Story If you were a teenager who liked freaky stuff, on a June day in 1969 you could bicycle down to your local record store and buy a brand-new, shrink-wrapped album with a man covering his entire face with an actual fish head on the cover. A double-LP ...

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Article: Album Review

The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed: 50th Anniversary Limited Deluxe Edition

Read "Let It Bleed: 50th Anniversary Limited Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette


The Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed 50th Anniversary Limited Deluxe Edition is both more and less of what usually comprises such milestone packages. And that's whether it's perceived as a magnificent scrapbook or a veritable mobile museum. There is certainly much more in terms of peripherals included, such as the hand-numbered replica-signed lithographs, a full-color poster, ...


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