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Article: Interview

Nels Cline: Finding Others

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Ask 10 people when they first heard of guitarist Nels Cline and you'll get 10 different answers. Maybe it was when he joined award-winning, arena-packing, ever-touring rock band Wilco. Or maybe it was stumbling upon a guitar internet forum where nerd boys and girls go over the minutiae of his expansive and varied effect pedals, amps, ...

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Article: Album Review

The Ratchet Orchestra: Hemlock

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Wikipedia defines a ratchet as a mechanical device that allows for motion in only one direction; it also could be a piss-take or deliberate mispronunciation of “rat shit." Certainly the former is more appropriate for The Ratchet Orchestra's Hemlock, from a very large ensemble led by bassist/composer Nicolas Caloia. This group of 30 players is primarily ...

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Article: Album Review

The Peggy Lee Band: Invitation

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This is the fifth album, and second on Drip Audio, of Vancouver-based cellist Peggy Lee's ensemble. The Peggy Lee Band members are all solid players, and each has their turn taking the lead through this 11-song recording. The strong tunes occasionally evoke the feel and vibe of guitarist Bill Frisell's early '90s sextet classics This Land ...

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Article: Live Review

Guelph Jazz Festival: Guelph, Canada, September 5-9, 2012

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Guelph Jazz FestivalGuelph, OntarioSeptember 5-9, 2012The Guelph Jazz Festival is in its 19th year. Under the direction of Ajay Heble, the festival has few equals in Canada, attracting the upper echelon of improvising musicians.It is a rare festival that can resist the allure of “tent-pole" shows--the mass-appeal artists that have vague, ...


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