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Monthly Archives: June 2007

Elvin Bishop

Gettin' his groove back

Most blues fans are aware of the good-time party side of Elvin Bishop. And there’s plenty of that on his latest record, Gettin’ My Groove Back (Blind Pig). But on it you’ll also hear things that might surprise you. “Come On Blues” is a startling solo track where guitar and vocal release torrents of pain. […]

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Bill Frisell – East/West


It’s almost ridiculous to review Bill Frisell’s stuff. It’s undeniable that he has one of the most unique takes on music today. While he’s called jazz, he encompasses pretty much any kind of American music you can think of. Even when he makes a record I don’t particularly enjoy, it’s always interesting. This double-CD is […]

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The Gourds – Blood of the Ram


The Gourds may be the most dangerous band in America. They aren’t hazardous to your bodily health, but they can certainly cause pain and consternation to your cerebral cortex, especially if you have a limited ability to absorb new ideas. Their melodies aren’t subversive, but their lyrics certainly are. Unless you believe in the true […]

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Walter Trout – Deep Trout


Walter Trout has had not one, but two, successful recording careers. There are the 10 discs he has released in the U.S., but like many American musical artists including Luther Allison, he is even more popular in Europe. Deep Trout is a compilation primarily from three CDs on the Continental label – Prisoner of a […]

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The Elvin Bishop Group – Party Till The Cows Come Home


More than a decade before he became a staple of Southern rock with “Fooled Around And Fell In Love,” guitarist Elvin Bishop established his blues credentials as an original member of Chicago’s Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Originally a quartet, keyboardist Mark Naftalin and lead guitarist Mike Bloomfield were added to the ensemble for its debut […]

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Sean Costello – Sean Costello


Sean Costello – Sean Costello This is Sean’s first work for Tone Cool/Artemis, and while his past work was very good, he has matured to become one of the major young talents in R&B. Sean’s past work also hinted at expanding beyond blues. And here we’ve got slices of soul that rank with the best […]

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Kenny Burrell – The Best Of Kenny Burrell


Kenny Burrell – The Best Of Kenny Burrell The good thing about compiling a Kenny Burrell “best of” is, since his 1956 solo debut, it’s hard to find any clinkers; the hard part is knowing where to begin and when to stop. The fact is, several retrospectives could be compiled, and indeed have been. But […]

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Graham Parker – Songs of No Consequence


Graham Parker – Songs of No Consequence Man, it’s good to hear Graham Parker, and to know that age hasn’t dulled his pen – his lyrics challenge anything and everything that bothers him. That can be personal, or it can be public. And he’s by turns extraordinarily funny and downright mean. His latest release also […]

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Jack Nitzsche – Hearing Is Believing


It may have only reached number 39 on Billboard‘s Pop Singles chart in 1963, but “The Lonely Surfer” is as perfect as any 21/2 minutes in rock history. Bill Pittman’s Danelectro six-string bass enters, playing the Duane Eddy-esque melody over a medium-gallop drumbeat, supported by unwavering rhythm guitars, with a triangle marking the 3, and […]

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Speedy West – Steel Guitar


At the opposite end of the spectrum from Sundazed’s Burton-Mooney collaboration, which balances restraint with fire, is this collection of singles by steel trickster Speedy West, which Capitol originally released in 1960. This, too, is a collaboration in that this collection of singles recorded between 1950 and ’55 features West’s longtime partner in speed, guitarist […]

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