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Category Archives: Music

Frank Meyers

History Of Japanese Electric Guitars
Impossibly Cool Guitars
 
Frank-Meyers

Frank Meyers’ first axe was a ’63 Fujigen EJ2 – a cheap-o, two-pickup solidbody like so many Japanese electrics used by beginner guitarists the world over. Though unremarkable, it spurred in him a love of the instrument that inspired this book. Meyers spent 15 years researching Fujigen (more…)

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Pokey LaFarge

Something In the Water
Hamfats-Styled Hot Stuff
 
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Pokey LaFarge’s Rounder Records debut continues his rich, well-established sound. Primarily acoustic, he offers another amalgam of jazz, blues, jug band, and Western swing. At different times, LaFarge and his expanded band conjure the sound and spirit of any number of 1930s jug bands, Western swing (more…)

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Curtis Knight and the Squires (featuring Jimi Hendrix)

You Can’t Use My Name: The RSVP/PPX Sessions
Sideman Blues
 
Curtis-Knight

The music industry is full of tales of naive musicians and nightmarish record deals. Jimi Hendrix had more than his share. In 1965, Hendrix was an underemployed musician who didn’t have two nickels to rub together. Curtis Knight was a music veteran of second-tier R&B groups managed by Ed Chalpin. Chalpin’s PPX Industries was a […]

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John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Rob Paparozzi and the Ed Palermo Big Band

Back to ’67 Blues
Back to '67 Blues
 
John-Mayall

Unreleased club recordings of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers from 1967, featuring lead guitarist Peter Green? This is, indeed, a major find. Tasked with replacing “God” (as Eric Clapton was proclaimed in graffiti around London), Green quickly let everyone know there was a new Les Paul picker in town, (more…)

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John Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli Salutes Johnny Mercer (Live)
 
John-Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli knows lyricist Johnny Mercer’s timeless compositions inside out. He’s recorded them on various albums and was a cast member of the 1997 Broadway musical Dream, which saluted Mercer’s music. Mercer Street, released digitally via Pizzarelli’s own Deluxe Sounds label, samples Mercer tunes, both standards and (more…)

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Bernard Allison Group

In The Mix
 
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Bernard Allison’s father, Luther, was a modern-era blues great. And while Bernard is most definitely in the family business, blues isn’t the only musical color on his palette. When he stretches out for a slide solo on “Move From The Hood,” he may be sizzling hot (more…)

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Steve Howe

Anthology
 
Steve-Howe

It’s been 45 years since Steve Howe joined Yes, but in 1975, he launched a parallel solo career that’s still going strong. For this collection, Howe has picked 33 of his favorite solo tracks, many of which are wonderfully quirky, yet display his agile, dizzying guitar (more…)

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Dave Stryker and Steve Johns

Messin' With Mister T and Family
Rippin' The Blues
 
Dave-Stryker

Dave Stryker is becoming the go-to guy for bluesy bop guitar. And he keeps finding clever ways to do it without sacrificing soul or integrity. His last record, Eight Track, was a collection of ’70s pop classics redone as swinging jazz tunes. This latest record pays (more…)

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Tyler Morris

And So It Begins
 
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It seems like everybody loves a guitar prodigy, and 16-year-old Tyler Morris has been thrust into the spotlight. Since the age of 12, Morris has been entertaining audiences with his fleet-fingered dexterity and boyish charm. Along the way he’s racked up a number of guest (more…)

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Dan and Leland

Mind of Mirrors
 
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Dan and Leland’s forth album is a soundtrack to their graphic novel of the same name. Book One is the first four of 12 chapters, and comes with a 12-song CD that follows the entire series. Sounding more like a killer roots-rock record than (more…)

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