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Monthly Archives: February 2004

Mike Stern – Voices


This is jazz guitarist Mike Stern’s first album featuring vocalists, hence the title. Yet these are not songs of heartfelt, poetic lyrics. Rather, the voices are used as instruments, carrying the melody line, bopping along with the bass, and harmonizing with Stern’s omnipresent guitar. It’s a fascinating experiment. Stern is joined by vocalists Richard Bona […]

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Chris Thile – Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

Even young prodigies eventually grow up. Mandolin whiz Chris Thile has reached the ripe old age of 20, and shows no signs of narrowing his ever-expanding musical horizons. His latest, Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost, is described by Bryan Sutton (one of the principle guitarists on the album) as “modern acoustic/neo-chamber music.” Sounds […]

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Steely Dan – Classic Albums: Steely Dan

Classic Albums: Steely Dan

The Classic Albums video is a treat for Dan fans too. It features current interviews with Fagen and Becker and some great talk with players on this 1976 classic. You get to hear from Larry Carlton, Chuck Rainey, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Rick Marotta, Dean Parks and even original Dan member Denny Dias, who despite having […]

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Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm – Ike’s Instrumentals

Ike's Instrumentals

If it’s true that one’s personality is revealed through one’s music, then Ike Turner is probably every bit the lowdown, badass motor-scooter his reputation implies. And on this collection of rockin’ blues instrumentals from 1954 to ’64, he attacks his Stratocaster with a viciousness unmatched by anyone before or since. Ike may or may not […]

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Eddie Burns (with Jimmy Burns) – Snake Eyes

Snake Eyes

The Burns Brothers are a refreshing rediscovery. Like most living legends, Eddie “Snake Eyes” Burns has never stopped performing. The Detroit native is still very active in the Motor City, blending Delta musings with the “uptown” Hastings Street stylings of his old friend, the late John Lee Hooker. Burns’ tough-yet-mellow vocal styling, and his sparse-but-stinging […]

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February 2004


FEATURES ON THE ROAD TO ’59 Gibson‘s late-’70s/early-’80s Les Paul “Pre-Reissues” Despite going through a period of great strife, Gibson responded to player demand and produced several guitars that emulated the beloved Les Paul Standard – with mixed results. By Mike Slubowski DAN FOGELBERG Playing Beyond Peoria His plaintive voice, evocative songs, and prowess on […]

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