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Category Archives: Music

Allen Toussaint

Life, Love And Faith/Southern Nights/Motion
 
Allen-Toussaint

Think of New Orleans rock and roll and R&B, and icons such as Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, the Meters, and the Neville Brothers come to mind. As songwriter, producer, arranger, or pianist, Allen Toussaint was involved with all of them. When (more…)

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John Abercrombie

The First Quartet
 
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John Abercrombie is one of our unsung heroes of jazz-rock, and this gorgeous three-CD reissue amply proves it. His Quartet recorded three albums from 1978 to ’80, all included here: Arcade, Abercrombie Quartet, and M. The foursome plays the kind of graceful fusion (more…)

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Freakwater

Scheherazade
 
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That title – copped from the name of the storytelling gal in Arabian Nights – begs some pithy comparison between Scheherazade’s beguiling tales and the manner in which Catherine Irwin and Janet Beveridge Bean continue to beguile fans more than a decade after their (more…)

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Jack Bruce and the hr-Bigband

More Jack Than Blues
A Bass Legend And Much More
 
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Jack Bruce was one of the most fascinating figures in rock and roll – although he preferred to be known as a jazz musician. As one-third of Cream (with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker), the Scot changed the way the bass was viewed (more…)

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John Del Toro Richardson

Tengo Blues
 
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With this Tex-Mex flavored blues album co-produced with Anson Funderburgh, another fine Texas blues guitarist, John Del Toro Richardson hits his stride. Think Los Lobos with the blues to Latino style ratio in reverse. Richardson even sounds a little bit like Lobos vocalist (more…)

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Lucinda Williams

The Ghosts of Highway 20
Ghost Stories
 
Lucinda-Williams

From Bobby Troup’s “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66” to Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” and more, the roads we’ve traveled have inspired our music. Enter U.S. Highway 20, stretching 1,500 miles across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and points beyond; Lucinda Williams calls (more…)

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Supersonic Blues Machine

West of Flushing South of Frisco
 
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Lance Lopez is a pentatonic-playing guitar monster who deserves a higher profile in the music world. His sinewy blues-rock tone and phrasing will leave you dazed and humble. He’s joined forces with bassist Fabrizio Grossi and veteran drummer Kenny Aronoff to form (more…)

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Robert Trujillo and Others

Jaco
Bassman
 
Jaco-film

A brave and powerful film, Jaco documents the life of fusion bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius. Yet by its end, you will realize that Pastorius transcended such simple terms as “jazz-rock” and “electric bass.” The two-hour DVD (and bonus disc) covers his musical youth in (more…)

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The Cactus Blossoms & The Pines

You’re Dreaming & Above the Prairie
Old Souls
 
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These two albums are stunning collections of country and folk music taking different forks in the gravel road. The Cactus Blossoms is an all-new batch of old-souled country, whereas the Pines delve into ancient themes with a uniquely modern voice. The Cactus Blossoms (more…)

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The Who

Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 Live In Hyde Park 50 Years: The Official History
 
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  If you’ve been feeling low on the Who, there’s a cornucopia of new releases, from video to music to an official book authored by Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. And if that isn’t enough, their 50th Anniversary tour is on (more…)

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