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Tom Waits, according to the esteemed American critic Robert Hilburn, is clearly one of the most important figures of the modern pop era. Such sentiments are not mere hyperbole; in a career that now spans four decades and over 20 albums, Tom Waits has long since emerged as an extraordinary innovative force, a singular voice whose music remains determinedly and even gloriously - well beyond the trivial fads and fashions of popular culture. Waits latest release, the 3CD set Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards adds further weight to that stellar reputation. Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards is a wide-ranging collection of 54 songs - including 30 new recordings equaling over three hours of rare and never-before heard music. The set comes complete with a 94-page booklet. Each of the three CDs is separately grouped and sub-titled Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards to capture the full spectrum of Waits ranging and roving musical styles

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Joel Harrison: America at War

Read "America at War" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


"È tutta la vita che il mio paese conduce tragiche e futili invasioni straniere. Ho sentito che dovevo scrivere su questo fatto, infondere nella mia nuova musica la sua dolorosa eredità." Queste riflessioni aprono il nuovo disco di Joel Harrison, ritornato a sette anni di distanza da Infinite Possibility a guidare un ensemble orchestrale.

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Will Bernard: Ancient Grains

Read "Ancient Grains" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


In the culinary world, ancient grains is a term used to describe grains that have been virtually unchanged for centuries but are often used in modern recipes. Will Bernard uses this idea as a metaphor in his album Ancient Grains. The basic concept is that the instruments used in this recording, such as guitars, organ, amplifiers ...

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Rickie Lee Jones: Peg Leg’s Granddaughter Rises Above

Read "Rickie Lee Jones:  Peg Leg’s Granddaughter Rises Above" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour, the memoir of the eminent Rickie Lee Jones, is not a collection of stories about the famous singer who sprouted from the hippie era under the radar before blazing like a shooting star across the American sky with her self-titled debut album that contained the megahit “Chuck E's ...

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The Auanders: Text(us)

Read "Text(us)" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Text(us) è un lavoro collettivo di alcuni tra i musicisti dell'ampio roster dell'etichetta Auand di Marco Valente, molti dei quali tra le migliori individualità del jazz italiano. L'album arriva a sette anni da Live in Pisa, firmato sempre da The Auanders, all'epoca però largamente diverso da quelli che confezionano questo nuovo lavoro, che vede in scena ...

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John Wolf Brennan: Nitty Gritty Ditties

Read "Nitty Gritty Ditties" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Sotto l'insegna Nonsolopiano (sottotitolo del CD), John Wolf Brennan ci offre una nuova prova del suo enciclopedismo musicale, fatto di un polistrumentismo tastieristico in cui il piano rimane pur sempre il faro e di input stilistici (meglio ancora linguistici) decisamente variegati. In questi fittissimi trentatré brani (svarianti da meno di un minuto a quasi quattro, per ...

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Take Five with Matt Clark

Read "Take Five with Matt Clark" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Matt Clark I'm a guitarist and composer from Brighton, England. My career has spanned 35 years, encompassing genres as broad as jazz, blues, alternative, experimental, and electronic music. The year of COVID-19 and lockdown has been both testing and inspiring. Lack of live music and in-person collaboration has meant rethinking my musical output. ...

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Article: Profile

Tom Waits: Ringmaster Of The Elegant Riot

Read "Tom Waits: Ringmaster Of The Elegant Riot" reviewed by Mick Raubenheimer


[For Tammi Tam.] Somewhere change is jingling, there is an accordion moaning softly in some corner somewhere, a barstool is creaking--somewhere foul glasses are being grimly emptied... The dark eerie carnival is rising once more--hurry your children into safe dreams, lock the wine cabinet; tuck your long-lost sweethearts into forgettance. Tom Waits ...

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Sam Fazio: Let's Go

Read "Let's Go" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Vocalist Sam Fazio has been honing his craft in Chicago for numerous years, with residences at leading hotels including a six-year run at the Drake. Fazio is no stranger to festivals either, with appearances at the Chicago Jazz Festival and Taste of Chicago. On his 2020 outing, Fazio teams with guitarist Tuck Andress and ...

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Jerry Granelli: Updating Music of Past Heroes

Read "Jerry Granelli: Updating Music of Past Heroes" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


"I've earned the privilege of not playing anything I don't want to play," says drummer Jerry Granelli, whose past is replete with the names of many greats in jazz for whom he supplied rhythmic support—sometimes force—over several decades. “That used to be a fear," he adds, “You figured if you turned something down, the ...


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