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Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco: You're Driving Me Crazy

Read "You're Driving Me Crazy" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Van Morrison has been busy, releasing three recordings in quick succession, Roll With the Punches (Exile, 2017), Versatile (Exile, 2017), and presently You're Driving Me Crazy with jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco. At this point in his career, Morrison can pretty well sing what he damn well pleases. On his past several recordings, Morrison has revisited his ...

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Jeff Buckley: You and I

Read "You and I" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The life and career of Jeff Buckley were cut extremely short and at a point where the possibilities had barely begun to be apparent. After the fatal drug overdose of his famous father, the folk singer (and, for at least one album, jazz singer) Tim Buckley, the son spent much of his adolescence living on the ...

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Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour ’74, the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set

Read "Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour ’74, the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


In the end, music is a personal soundtrack to one's life. It is tied to a specific time and place, circumstances and memories that are so tightly integrated in one's experience that having memory with no music cannot even be imagined, much less considered. In the summer of 1974, I went from Little Rock to Chicago ...

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: That's It!

Read "That's It!" reviewed by Wade Luquet


Fifty years is a long time to carry the torch of the music of others and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has done just that with class, joviality, and a sense of purpose to preserve traditional New Orleans jazz music. In a step away from their mission of preservation, the band has created new music in ...

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Dave Brubeck Quartet: Brubeck Meets Bach

Read "Brubeck Meets Bach" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Musica classica e jazz: la formazione professionale e la passione musicale dell’oggi ottantasettenne Dave Brubeck. Una leggenda vivente del jazz moderno, che ha spesso tratto dalla sensibilità eurocolta una potente fonte di ispirazione. Due mondi così diversi e lontani, spesso da lui giustapposti con alterne fortune nel corso della sua più che quarantennale storia artistica. Una ...

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Stevie Ray Vaughan: Solos, Sessions & Encores

Read "Solos, Sessions & Encores" reviewed by Jim Santella


Blues guitarist and singer Stevie Ray Vaughan impressed millions of fans and aspiring musicians with his genuine soul and fiery technique. Cut short by a blanket of fog in the wee hours of the morning after an August 1990 concert, his career had put him in touch with blues artists and rock stars from around the ...

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Herbie Hancock: The Essential Herbie Hancock

Read "The Essential Herbie Hancock" reviewed by Judith Insell


The Essential Herbie Hancock, a double-CD set spanning a forty-year body of work, presents a sample of Hancock's bold explorations of various jazz styles. The compilation runs in nearly chronological order, highlighting releases on major jazz labels like Blue Note, Columbia and Verve. The track order makes very clear the varying creative avenues that Hancock has ...

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Duke Ellington: The Essential Duke Ellington

Read "The Essential Duke Ellington" reviewed by Ken Dryden


Anytime the term “essential" is utilized in a compilation of an artist's work, critics are ready to second-guess it. But this two-CD set issued by Columbia/Legacy, now a part of the parent company Sony-BMG, represents a good cross-section of Duke Ellington's studio recordings and even licenses a few tracks from other companies to fill some gaps, ...

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Miles Davis: The Cellar Door Sessions 1970

Read "The Cellar Door Sessions 1970" reviewed by Andrey Henkin


The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 is the eighth box set edition in a series begun in 2004, moving chronologically through the trumpeter's career with John Coltrane and Gil Evans, recorded output for Columbia from 1963-68, and extensive investigations into the sessions that yielded In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew and A Tribute to Jack Johnson. This ...

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Miles Davis: The Cellar Door Sessions 1970

Read "The Cellar Door Sessions 1970" reviewed by Greg Masters


For devotees of Miles Davis's so-called “electric period," the full release of the music recorded live in December 1970 at the Washington, DC club The Cellar Door has long been something of a holy grail. A healthy sampling was released in 1971 on Live-Evil providing evidence that more of this sound existed. The possibility that more ...


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