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Author Archives: John Heidt

Pat Martino

Open Road: A Documentary and Live at Ethel's Place
 
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The re-release of these films on DVD gives jazz guitar fans a glimpse at one of the all-time greats. Pat Martino’s story is known well: surgery for a brain (more…)

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The Slambovian Circus of Dreams

A Box of Everything
 
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Here is a “best of” album by a band that’s not exactly a household name, nor does it have any hit songs. But don’t let that dissuade you. They’re a tight ensemble that plays an arresting mix of rock, folk, and psychedelic music (more…)

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Dave Mason

Future's Past
 
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Dave Mason isn’t exactly a spring chicken anymore, but the 68-year-old shows the same skill and fire on his latest that has been present ever since he manned the guitar for Traffic way back when. This new album finds Mason reworking some of his past (more…)

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Joe Louis Walker

Hornet's Nest
 
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Joe Louis Walker’s latest covers a lot of ground and proves once again that he can’t be pigeonholed like some of the straight blues players of his generation. The title cut kicks things off with a pure shot of rock and roll suffused with loud, (more…)

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NRBQ

Brass Tacks
 
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How many times and in how many ways can you call a band charming? Doesn’t matter who the players are, that word describes the ’Q to a T. This is the second record by this version of the band, which features founder and keyboardist Terry Adams, Scott (more…)

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Guy King

I Am Who I Am And It Is What It Is By Myself
 
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Two words describe these two records from Chicago guitarist Guy King: mature and eclectic. That holds especially true for the double record, I Am Who I Am And It Is What It Is. King has an affinity for old Ray Charles songs, and does an (more…)

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Ray Bonneville

Easy Gone
 
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The latest from Ray Bonneville features 10 songs that seem to work together as one large body of music. The tunes here revel in a minimalist yet swampy vibe. Bonneville’s guitar and harp playing perfectly match the moods of his lyrics. He travels from melancholy (more…)

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John Scofield

Variety is the Spice
 
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Veteran jazz guitarist John Scofield has released a second album with Uberjam, which includes drummer Adam Detich, guitarist Avi Bortnick, and guest keyboardist John Medeski. It’s full of funk and soul, and we talked with Scofield shortly after the group started its current tour. Why the second record? We played a lot at the beginning […]

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Song of the South

Duane Allman and the Rise of the Allman Brothers Band
 
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You’re always taking a chance with a DVD that concerns a band and yet none of the band members take part in the production. That’s the case here. While there are no Allman interviews, we do hear from numerous critics, writers, and more (more…)

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Leslie West

Still Climbing
 
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Upon first viewing you’ll notice that The Sound and the Story is different. The new video from guitarist Leslie West stands apart from other instructional guitar DVDs in that, while West is more than happy to show how to play some of his classic songs and discuss how he learned to play, his gregarious personality […]

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