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Vernon Reid

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Guitarist Vernon Reid is best known as the founder of the groundbreaking African-American rock group Living Colour. But to recognize Reid solely for his Grammy Award-winning work as a rock musician would be to miss a rich and varied body of work that has extended into virtually every musical genre. Reid has played with artists ranging in style from Mariah Carey to Public Enemy, and from Mick Jagger to jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. He has undertaken a wide range of musical journeys, including the production of James Blood Ulmer's blues album at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, reuniting with Living Colour for a series of shows, and touring with former Cream front man Jack Bruce. Reid's eclectic musical vision was fostered at a young age

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New music from Guitarist Jan Rivera, plus Nate Smith, Jonathan Lundberg and Jan Hammer

Read "New music from Guitarist Jan Rivera, plus Nate Smith, Jonathan Lundberg and Jan Hammer" reviewed by Len Davis


Jan Rivera, Marco Minneman, Mohini Dey with their new single. Nate Smith and Vernon Reid from Kinfolk 2:See The Birds, Phronesis from Parallax and Elephant9, AKA Moon and Helmet of Gnats with some progressive rock fusion. Playlist Jan Rivera-Marco Minneman-Mohini Dey “Thing's That Don't Fit" from Thing's That Don't Fit (Self Produced) 00:00 Alberto ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021

Read "John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021" reviewed by John Pietaro


This year in which we celebrated the return of live performance and simultaneously foresaw a rise in virus numbers and the resumption of show and venue closings, the pervasive issue remains on the anti-vax know-nothings affecting the lives of the careful, caring and compliant. Health regs and advisories as simple as getting a lifesaving vaccine are ...

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Kinfolk 2: See The Birds

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Altitude ft. Joel Ross & Michael Mayo; 2. Square Wheel ft. Kokayi & Michael Mayo; Band Room Freestyle ft. Kokayi; Street Lamp; Don't Let Me Get Away ft. Stokley; Collision ft. Regina Carter; Meditation: Prelude; Rambo: The Vigilante ft. Vernon Reid; I Burn For You ft. Amma Whatt; See The Birds ft. Joel Ross & Michael Mayo; Fly (For Mike) ft. Brittany Howard.

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Article: Book Review

Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players

Read "Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players Joel Harrison 256 Pages ISBN-13 : 978-1949597134 Terra Nova Press 2021 As founder of the Alternative Guitar Summit, guitarist/composer Joel Harrison has gotten to know a lot of adventurous contemporary guitarists: this book collects far-ranging conversations with twenty-seven of them. In fact, ...

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Article: Album Review

Nate Smith: Kinfolk 2: See The Birds

Read "Kinfolk 2: See The Birds" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If there were brick & mortar establishments called record stores today, one could imagine the challenge Nate Smith's Kinfolk projects would pose for an employee trying to file his latest releases. Those familiar with the drummer's work in the bands of Chris Potter, Dave Holland, or Alex Sipiagin might place the discs in the jazz section, ...

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Article: Book Review

Hear My Train A Comin': The Songs Of Jimi Hendrix

Read "Hear My Train A Comin': The Songs Of Jimi Hendrix" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Hear My Train A Comin':The Songs Of Jimi Hendrix Kevin Le Gendre 240 Pages ISBN: 97818000500143 Equinox 2020 Few artists have burned as briefly and brightly as Jimi Hendrix, the Afro-American guitarist and singer who set the late 1960s alight with his virtuosity and showmanship. Fifty years after he ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cindy Blackman Santana, Ben Wendel, Ellen Andrea Wang, Aaron Burnett and More

Read "Cindy Blackman Santana, Ben Wendel, Ellen Andrea Wang, Aaron Burnett and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In the second part of this week's review of new and upcoming releases we focus on new projects by saxophonists Ben Wendel (as leader and sideman of Tom Guarna, Nubya Garcia (revisiting Joe Henderson for the Blue Note Re:imagined project, and as member of Maisha. Also noteworthy the new project of drummers Cindy Blackman Santana (with ...

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Article: Album Review

Bruce Hornsby: Non-Secure Connection

Read "Non-Secure Connection" reviewed by Geno Thackara


It's hard to imagine Bruce Hornsby's listeners being fazed much by anything he does anymore. Harmonic layers of semi-processed voice drones in an ambient haze? Classy strings crossed with jarringly angular piano and over-jokey lyrics about internet girls? After a career that's touched on jazz and bluegrass as prominently as folk and classical, his familiar crowd ...

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Article: Live Review

Harriet Tubman at SFJAZZ

Read "Harriet Tubman at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Harriet Tubman SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA January 23, 2020 The electric bass, electric guitar and drum trio Harriet Tubman stands apart in the music world. As guitarist Brandon Ross notes, they are electrified yet based on spiritual influences such as the late Alice Coltrane, the late John Coltrane's wife who ran ...


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