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Nickname: The Fab Four The Beatles are the greatest popular group of all-time. Arguably the most successful entertainers of the 20th century, they contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas of love, peace, help, and imagination evoked creativity and liberation that outperformed the rusty Soviet propaganda and contributed to breaking walls in the minds of millions, thus making impact on human history. In July of 1957, in Liverpool, Paul McCartney met John Lennon and joined his group, The Quarrymen

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Part 4: The Zildjian Legacy

Read "A Different Drummer, Part 4: The Zildjian Legacy" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


They are the oldest family-owned business in the world, recognized globally by musicians from every genre. The Avedis Zildjian Company--known simply as Zildjian --traces its history to the ancient cymbals of the Middle East and Asia. Almost four hundred years ago, Avedis, an Armenian metalsmith and alchemist in seventeenth-century Istanbul, discovered an alloy of tin, copper, ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

New Memphis Colorways and Utopia: Way Outside the Box

Read "New Memphis Colorways and Utopia: Way Outside the Box" reviewed by Doug Collette


Rendering cliches moot is no small achievement. Yet if these two records prove anything, it is that it's possible to accomplish this daunting task in a variety of ways. In the case of Paul Taylor, aka New Memphis Colorways, his truth lies in the restoration of the fundamental notion a single individual can indeed sound like ...

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Article: Book Review

Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972

Read "Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972 Carolyn Glenn Brewer 266 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-57441-823-1 University of North Texas Press 2021 Although Pat Metheny is in many aspects a global citizen, he is first and foremost a native of Missouri. His midwestern-American background and influences appear in ...

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News: Music Industry

The MPS Records legacy resumes with vinyl releases of Ella Fitzgerald’s 'Sunshine Of Your Love' and Freddie Hubbard’s'The Hub of Hubbard'

The MPS Records legacy resumes with vinyl releases of Ella Fitzgerald’s 'Sunshine Of Your Love' and Freddie Hubbard’s'The Hub of Hubbard'

Jazz history was forged in the rustic Black Forest of Germany in 1968 when Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer launched MPS Records and recorded some of the genre’s seminal artists. Legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, The Count Basie Orchestra and George Duke released albums on the prestigious label known for its ...

Article: My Favourite Things

Francesco Beccaro e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Francesco Beccaro e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Alto tasso di energia, intensa, con molta improvvisazione ma anche con strutture compositive articolate. Una sorta di inedita fusion, distante dallo stereotipo generale, caratterizzata da un suono a volte volutamente grezzo ma sempre energico e suggestivo. Ogni composizione cerca di essere un messaggio chiaro e punta a coinvolgere l'ascoltatore ...

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Article: Live Review

Moers Festival 2021

Read "Moers Festival 2021" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


Moers Festival Moers, Germany May 21-24, 2021 In a year that passed since the previous Moers Festival, the Covid 19 pandemic caused a lot of bad news regarding concert cancellations, closed venues, and further issues in the already challenging lives of professional musicians around the world. Thus, the success of this ...

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Article: Album Review

The Band: Stage Fright 50th Anniversary Edition 2CD

Read "Stage Fright 50th Anniversary Edition 2CD" reviewed by Doug Collette


In order to more fully appreciate the 50th anniversary edition of the Band's third studio album, Stage Fright (Capitol, 1970), it is best to resist the temptation to go off on tangents regarding the revisionism visited upon the release. The supervision administered by the group's guitarist/songwriter Robbie Robertson may be as questionable as that visited upon ...

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Article: Live Review

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Plays Ayler at St. Giles' Cathedral

Read "Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Plays Ayler at St. Giles' Cathedral" reviewed by Martin McFie


Scottish National Jazz Orchestra St. Giles' Cathedral Where Rivers Meet Edinburgh, Scotland May 15, 2021 Albert Ayler was an expressive and accomplished voice in the free jazz movement who was greatly respected by his peers. None other than John Coltrane encouraged the tenor saxophonist to join Impulse! records and even ...

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Article: Book Review

Hollywood Eden: Electric Guitars, Fast Cars, and the Myth of the California Paradise

Read "Hollywood Eden: Electric Guitars, Fast Cars, and the Myth of the California Paradise" reviewed by Doug Collette


Hollywood Eden: Electric Guitars, Fast Cars, and the Myth of the California Paradise Joel Selvin 320 Pages ISBN: # 978-1487007218 House of Anansi Press 2021 Joel Selvin may well grab the reader's attention with his very first sentence of Hollywood Eden. and quite likely never lose it over the ...


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