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Monthly Archives: February 2007

Johnny Cash – Personal File and American V: A Hundred Highways

 

Johnny Cash – Personal File and American V: A Hundred Highways It’s deliciously ironic that, in promoting the newly discovered archives of Johnny Cash’s solo acoustic recordings, logged in tape boxes as Personal File, Columbia Records points out the similarity between these performances, dating from 1973-’82, and his critically acclaimed final recordings produced by American […]

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Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials – Rattleshake

 

It’s tough to find a guy who sounds like he’s having as much fun making a record as does Lil’ Ed. His sixth Alligator effort kicks off with “Leaving Here,” and the old Holland-Dozier gem gets a rompin’ treatment highlighted by Ed’s punchy solo. On any record by this band, you’re bound to hear fine […]

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Janiva Magness – Do I Move You?

 

Janiva Magness – Do I Move You? This Southern California-based singer has been building quite a buzz in the blues world, churning out six CDs in nine years, culminating in winning Contemporary Female Blues Artists Of The Year at this year’s Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards). Magness’ personal saga, ping-ponging from one […]

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Eric Bibb – Diamond Days

 

Bibb is a fine guitarist and singer, and here proves a very capable songwriter. It’s hard to pin him down – you could call him a folk singer, but his blues and pop roots always show through in his performances and writing. His 12-string fingerpicking sets the tone for songs like “Tall Cotton,” with a […]

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Donald Fagen – Morph the Cat

 

Donald Fagen – Morph the Cat Of all the records associated with Steely Dan, Walter Becker, and Donald Fagen, this may be the best since “the comeback.” And that’s something coming from someone who thinks their records are among the finest ever made and contain some of the finest, smartest lyrics, musicianship (especially on guitar), […]

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Ray Davies – Other People’s Lives

 

Ray Davies – Other People’s Lives This is the type of record few artists make. Each song is carefully crafted, the lyrics are marvelous, and the music is varied and catchy. Maybe it’s the kind of thing that only happened with songwriters from a different generation, but whatever the reason, this is one of the […]

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Pat Martino – Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery

 

Pat Martino – Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery This is not the first time legendary guitarist Martino has paid tribute to the man credited with driving jazz guitar to its current heights. Back in 1972, he recorded a Wes Montgomery tribute album called The Visit that had just one Wes tune. Now the 61-year-old […]

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Albert Lee – Road Runner

 

England’s hottest country picker’s last Sugar Hill release, 2003′s Heartbreak Hill , was a nice tribute to his former bandleader, Emmylou Harris – albeit somewhat tame compared to the stuff he’s been recording with his British satellite band, Hogan’s Heroes. Maybe he and the label just needed to get acquainted, because this time out he […]

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Mimi Fox – Perpetually Hip

 

The first thing you notice about Mimi Fox when she begins the single-note original melody of the title track (the first cut of this double-CD) is her bell-like tone (more highs than the average jazzbeaux, without being shrill or thin) and the second-nature bluesiness of her phrasing. And as she begins expanding and improvising, she […]

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February 2007

 

FEATURES ERIC CLAPTON AND J.J. CALE Blowin’ Down the Road… Despite appearing onstage together only twice (at shows 27 years apart), they‘ve been collaborating continuously since early 1970. Their new album, Road to Escondido, is their first together. By Dan Forte AMP-O-RAMA Marshall’s 1962 JTM45 Jim Marshall’s amps were ultimately ripped from the belly of […]

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