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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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Meet Doug Collette

Read "Meet Doug Collette" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Doug Collette's pedigree for crafting honest and carefully-considered music analysis lies in a nearly fifty year devotion to contemporary rock and roll, jazz and the blues. During this time, his zeal for writing has grown to (almost) equal his devotion to the musical experiences he has documented from his astute observations of records, videos, books and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Emma Swift's Multitudes

Read "Emma Swift's Multitudes" reviewed by Eric Gudas

As its title suggests, Blonde on the Tracks, Australian-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Emma Swift's first full-length album, re-interprets songs from the heart of Bob Dylan 1960s and '70s catalog, although its span covers his most recent work. Swift belongs to the generations of listeners who grew up on the songs of Gram Parsons}], Dylan, {{m: Joni Mitchell, ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand

Read "Steve Khan: A Rich Discography and A Priceless Left Hand" reviewed by Jim Worsley

The life and times of guitarist extraordinaire Steve Khan stretch through a high volume of evolving chapters that fuse together like the passages of a finely crafted arrangement. An expansive conversation with Khan touched on a variety of memories. Still, this is perhaps the Reader's Digest version of the seventy-three years old musician and composer's remarkable ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

The Led Zeppelin Papers - Physical Graffiti, Deluxe Edition

Read "The Led Zeppelin Papers - Physical Graffiti, Deluxe Edition" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It may just be coincidence, but there seems to have existed a phenomenon in classic rock recording where prominent artists begin a creative evolution on a single LP release, chronologically following it up with a definitive artistic statement as a double album set, creating a sort of lopsided diptych of certain brilliance. Notable examples include:

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rudy Royston: PaNOptic

Read "PaNOptic" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Like many jazz musicians in 2020, drummer/composer Rudy Royston has felt the direct effects of living in the coronavirus world. The Texas native, now a New Jersey resident, found his streams of income drying up without gigs, but then experienced a fortunate twist of fate that stood him up. Head above water, the artist pays it ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Renegade or Retrograde: Questioning Little Richard's Legacy

Read "Renegade or Retrograde: Questioning Little Richard's Legacy" reviewed by Jacob Bloomfield

In the many retrospectives on rock musician Little Richard since his death on 9 May 2020, some major narratives have emerged: he has been alternatingly cast as a queer forefather in the tradition of Oscar Wilde; a transgressive figure who broke racial, gender, and/or sexual boundaries; and a music pioneer largely defined by his influence on ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music

Read "Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music" reviewed by Doug Collette

Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer's Life in Music Ted Templeman as told to Greg Renoff 472 pages ISBN: 10: 1770414835 ECW Press 2020 It's some measure of Ted Templeman's humility that so many of the photos that appear throughout A Platinum Producer's Life in Music do not feature him. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The De Jong/Rebane/Kantonen Trio: Intercities

Read "Intercities" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Intercities is the debut album from the trio of pianist Jetse de Jong, bassist Robert Rebane and drummer Roope Kantonen. The multi-national group hails from The Netherlands, Estonia, and Finland, respectively. All in their early twenties, the musicians met while attending the Conservatory of Amsterdam. De Jong, who studied both classical piano and jazz, was inspired ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Al Di Meola: Across the Universe

Read "Across the Universe" reviewed by Doug Collette

Al Di Meola's Across The Universe reaffirms how ideally the music of the Beatles translates into the eclectic style he forged early in his career. It's not as if the multi-instrumentalist/composer hadn't already made the point with All Your Life (inakustik, 2013), but this second, similarly conceived album is not only worth savoring repeatedly on its ...


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