Monthly Archives: August 2011

Joe Negri

Dream Dancing
Noteworthy Jazz
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A regional star, local TV luminary and jazz virtuoso even before beginning his 32-year tenure as Mister Rogers’ favorite handyman, Joe Negri (see feature in the September ’10 issue) was woefully under-recorded until making three albums a few years ago. Despite leading trios for (more…)

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George Cotsirilos Trio

Past Present
OA2 Records
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Veteran jazz guitarist Cotsirilos’ latest record is a swinging set driven by his considerable chops and skill at composing and interpreting music. His bandmates, Robb Fisher (bass) and Ron Marabuto (drums), are the perfect match with their ability to follow their (more…)

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Steve Hillage Band

Live at the Gong Unconvention 2006
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An icon of Britain’s famed “Canterbury Scene” of the late ’60s and ’70s, Steve Hillage made his mark mixing psychedelia, pop, and Hendrix-fueled guitar solos with thrilling abandon. Thirty years after his heyday, the guitarist made an appearance at this (more…)

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Guitar Builder, Country Star Billy Grammer Passes Away


Billy Grammer, a renowned country-music guitarist and singer, died August 10. He was 85 and passed from natural causes. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, he is arguably best known for his hit “Gotta Travel On,” which reached the Top 5 on the country and pop charts in 1959, the year he was inducted. […]

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James “Blood” Ulmer

In and Out
In and Out Records
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Sometimes called a “modern bluesman,” James “Blood” Ulmer covers ground from Hendrix to Ornette Coleman to John Lee Hooker. His music is never dull; always a bit challenging, it’s also fun. His new disc starts with the menacing boogie of “No Man’s (more…)

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Charvel Launches Desolation Series Guitars


Charvel ‘s new Desolation series includes  four single-cutaway “DS” models, three double-cutaway “DC” models and three Skatecaster “SK” models loosely based on the Charvel Surfcaster of the early 1990s. All have mahogany bodies and necks, dual humbucking pickup (more…)

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Burriss Amps Introduces Boostiest 2.5


Burriss Amps’ Boostiest 2.5 combines two gain pedals in a single enclosure. On the input side, is an adjustable-gain preamp. On the output side is a “TS”-flavored overdrive circuit. Burriss  also offers the Dirty Red and Royal Bluesman heads, the Shadow combo tube (more…)

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Dave Gleason

Turn and Fade
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Dave Gleason’s third album, 2007’s Just Fall To Pieces, put the Californian country-rock scene on notice there was a strong new contender in town. Since then, his growth as singer, songwriter, and especially guitarist has been dramatic. The easy-rolling instrumental opener “All Morning Long” (more…)

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Jefferson Evolution

Signe’s Farewell, Grace’s Debut, We Have Ignition, Return To The Matrix
Collectors’ Choice Music Live
Jefferson Airplane Graces debut

If there had been a Top 40 of FM/underground radio in the mid/late ’60s (which, of course, would have defeated the whole purpose of FM/ underground), the Airplane would have dominated it, just as it defined the scene in and around San (more…)

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Original Tennessee Two Bassist Marshall Grant Passes Away


Marshall Grant, original bassist for Johnny Cash’s band, the Tennessee Two, died August 7 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He was 83. A resident of Hernando, Mississippi, he was in the area to attend the Johnny Cash Festival, a charity event that raises money to restore Cash’s childhood home. After a rehearsal for the event, Grant apparently suffered […]

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