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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: Album Review

Vidya: The Papillon

Read "The Papillon" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Songwriting often provides a sense of exploration and self-discovery which is not as present in other art forms. We can easily express our thoughts with words but something extraordinary happens when we add music to the mix as well, and that is certainly the case with Swedish pianist and composer Vidya Liselotte-Sundberg. Her album The Papillon ...

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Article: Film Review

The Beatles And India

Read "The Beatles And India" reviewed by Doug Collette


The Beatles The Beatles And India Renoir Pictures/MVD 2022 The Beatles And India is not an authorized piece of film approved for release thru the current Apple organization, but perhaps it ought to be. This feature-length documentary collects in one place the various story lines arising around the iconic British band's ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Michael Robinson's Piano Improvisations: Seven Albums of Unique Takes on Standards

Read "Michael Robinson's Piano Improvisations: Seven Albums of Unique Takes on Standards" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Keyboardist Michael Robinson is a prolific and creative artist who is best known for his haunting, Eastern-inspired, musical soundscapes. He usually utilizes his own invention, the digital Meruvina, for these recordings. Robinson, however, is also an accomplished pianist and has self-produced several superb solo albums of piano improvisations. In 2021 and 2022 he released seven of ...

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Article: Live Review

John Zorn Reflektor Series at Elb Philharmonic

Read "John Zorn Reflektor Series at Elb Philharmonic" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


John Zorn Elb Philharmonie John Zorn Reflektor Series Hamburg, Germany March 17-20, 2022 John Zorn recruited an extraordinary rotating group of musicians to convey his vast and varied vision during a full capacity, crowd-pleasing residency at the majestic Elbphilharmonie complex in Hamburg's robustly revitalized Hafen City district.

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


A look at Rudy Royston's resume tells you that the drummer should be more recognized. Royston has racked up credits with Nate Wooley, Jon Irabagon, Tom Harrell, Aruán Ortiz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ron Miles, Noah Preminger, Ben Allison, Tim Ries, Alex Sipiagin, Linda May Han Oh, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, ...

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Take Five with Emilio Palame

Read "Take Five with Emilio Palame" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Emilio Palame Emilio Palame is a seasoned jazz pianist, composer/arranger, producer/director and actor residing in jny: Los Angeles. Instruments: Piano, composer/arranger Teachers and/or influences? Self taught at first then studied with jny: Buffalo, NY's premier jazz piano teacher Russ Messina—went on to SUNY Fredonia where I ran the Jazz Ensemble program ...

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Article: Album Review

Graham Parker: Another Grey Area 40th Anniversary Edition

Read "Another Grey Area 40th Anniversary Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette


Iconoclassic Records lives up to its label name with this Graham Parker reissue. Admittedly a niche artist, this irascible Brit has seen more than a few excerpts from his lengthy discography treated with the meticulous care that bespeaks true labors of love, and this initial release of Parker's sans the splendid backing band known as the ...

News: Video / DVD

Sweden Meets the Beatles, 1963

Sweden Meets the Beatles, 1963

On October 13, 1963, Beatlemania—the youthful hysteria over appearances by the impossibly charismatic Fab Four—began in London after their afternoon rehearsal at the London Palladium. Suburban teens rushed the Fab Four as they headed to their limo and newspapers picked up on the mania the next day. Ten days later, on October 23, the Beatles flew ...

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Article: Album Review

Jan Sturiale: In The Life

Read "In The Life" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Jazz artists frequently take popular music and put their own spin on it. It's sometimes surprising how effectively some rock and pop songs will work in a jazz context. Guitarist Jan Sturiale is aware of this, and In The Life features both original songs along with his takes on some classic jazz and pop songs.


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