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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Tim Mahoney

Live From the Sky
Self-distributed
 
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Tim Mahoney’s latest work combines elements of heavy-metal power pop with ethereal folk ballads, and his mix of guitar raunch and lyricism makes for an addictive musical cocktail. Musically, Mahoney is something of a chameleon. Songs like “Greatest Life” are riff-driven roots-rock anthems with soaring guitar leads. “Lay Down Low” is a jam-bandish groove tune […]

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Stéphane Grappelli

The Quintessence: Paris –London 1933–1958
Frémeaux
 
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Monsieur Grappelli had a knack for being in the right place at the right time in terms of finding the perfect guitarist foils. This two-CD collection showcases the best of those duets. It began with Django Reinhardt, of course, as their Quintette du Hot Club de France set the mold for Gypsy jazz and string […]

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Fere’s Hot Strings

Swing World Blues
TCB
 
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With the passing of decades, Fere Scheidegger has become one of the venerable masters of Gypsy jazz. His Hot Strings group has released a score of albums over the past 20 years, and along the way have played with many Manouche and Gitan legends. The band’s latest CD offers more of a good thing. Fere’s […]

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Jinx Jones

Rip and Run
Home Brand Records
 
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Jinx Jones long ago proved himself a fine player, and his latest disc reinforces that he is a major talent in the rockabilly, jazz, and country field. On occasion, a strong Brian Setzer influence weighs in, but never overtakes his own personality. “On Parole & Out of Control” highlights Jones’ mastery of roots rock, its […]

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Dave Stryker Organ Quartet

Keystone
SteepleChase Productions
 
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Stryker stretches out while putting his skills as a soloist on full display, especially on the title cut – a highflying swing tune where he solos with originality and soul on chorus after chorus. A take on Lennon and McCartney’s “Can’t Buy Me Love” finds him zipping through a lengthy solo using everything at his […]

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Veterans Music Camp Reveals War Stories in New Light

 

LifeQuest Military Transitions, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides ill and wounded veterans with physical rehabilitation and training, adventure activities, and life-skills development, is inviting former service personnel to tell their stories at the second Songwriting Camp for Veterans. A component of transition programs designed for military members and their families, the camp will be […]

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Tomas Janzon

Experiences
Changes Music
 
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Tomas Janzon is a traditional-jazz guitarist influenced by Wes Montgomery, with hints of Metheny and Scofield. It’s also obvious he has one of the best jazz-guitar tones you’ll hear. Most of the songs here are old warhorses that could easily be cliché, but with the imaginative playing of Janzon, keyboardist Art Hillery, bassist Jeff Littleton, […]

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Devi

Get Free
True Nature Records
 
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Devi is a rock trio led by singer/ guitarist Debra, and the band shows an affinity for good songs with strong, melodic hooks. The mix includes pop, rock, folk, psychedelica, and everything in-between. The band’s strengths are on display on “When It Comes Down,” a song with a melancholy feel, great hooks, and a soaring […]

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Mitch Seidman, Jamie MacDonald, Claire Arenius

Triangulation: Live in Vermont
Kyran Music
 
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The set, recorded live at the Open Music Collective, in Vermont, perfectly captures the workings of this trio and the inherent quirkiness in the playing of Mitch Seidman, who surprises on pretty much every cut. Jamie MacDonald (bass) and Claire Arenius (drums) make every cut an enjoyable adventure. Three songs here were written by the […]

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Drive-By Truckers

The Secret to a Happy Ending and Go-Go Boots
ATO Records and Self-Distributed
 
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It’s been less than a year since the Drive-By Truckers released The Big To-Do, but the songs on Go-Go Boots don’t suffer from the quick turnaround. An album considerably quieter than other DBT efforts, while its musical roots remain, it relies on a greater mix of styles focused on rock, country, and Southern soul. Guitars […]

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