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Martial Solal & Dave Liebman: Masters In Bordeaux

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This should have happened a long time ago. Veteran jazz icons Martial Solal and Dave Liebman had never played together before the the Paris jazz club dates that served as a warm-up of sorts for this set, Masters In Bordeaux, recorded at the Jazz And Wine Festival in Bordeaux, France. Paris-based pianist Solal, ninety years old now, began his career in the 1950s, in small groups, big bands, and as a crafter of soundtracks. His style is a ...

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In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music by Ben Wynne

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In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music Ben Wynne 296 Pages ISBN: # 978-0807157800 Louisiana State Press 2014 With surgical precision, Ben Wynne teases away all the romantic claptrap surrounding two titan music contemporaries, placing them in their appropriate historical perspectives, perspectives that make for a unique Venn diagram of social and cultural overlaps that highlight the elements common to both the blues and country music. He does ...

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Harris Eisenstadt: On Parade In Parede

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In Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi's acclaimed 1994 novel Pereira Maintains, a critical turning point comes during the central character's stay in the spa town of Parede in Portugal. It's not too much of an exaggeration to suggest a similar advance for drummer Harris Eisenstadt's Canada Day in a live date from the same locale. Usually a quintet (occasionally even an octet), the unit has provided an accomplished vehicle for Eisenstadt's small group compositional output. But stripped back to a foursome, ...

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The Beatles - On the Road, 1964-1966

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The Beatles -On the Road, 1964-1966 Harry Benson 272 Pages ISBN: 3836533227 Taschen 2017 Feted British photographer Harry Benson first met the Beatles in 1964, when he was assigned to go to Paris and document their gig there at the Olympia Theatre. At the time the Beatles were rising stars, a phenomenon that has caught the attention of all major media outlets and they had been sending journalists and photographers to report about ...

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Chaz Lipp: Good Merlin

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There will always be a place for a recorded standards workout. West Coast alto saxophonist Chaz Lipp and this band the Groove Trip provide a dandy and durable one with Good Merlin. Lipp leads a crack quartet that accompanies vocalist Sanjaya Malakar on seven solid standards and three tightly constructed and performed originals that include the mainstream title cut, an ultra-funky “Groovy Green Eyes, and cacophonous theme, “Fly by Night." The standards include a breezy “Take the 'A' ...

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The Songs of Scott Walker (1967-70) at Royal Albert Hall

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Scott Walker Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms London July 25, 2017 Opportunities to hear Scott Walker's music performed in public are few and far between, the last notable events before this one having been at the Barbican theatre in November 2008. Featuring several performers, notably including Damon Albarn and Jarvis Cocker, that series of three concerts had focussed on Walker's two most recent albums at the time, Tilt (Drag City, 1995) and The Drift ...

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Bryan Ferry at the Paramount Theater

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Bryan Ferry Paramount Theater Denver, CO August 3, 2017 Bryan Ferry creates dreamscapes. Dark, ethereal, eerie, brooding, a little bit spooky, but not too scary. You're floating in dreamland; maybe you're aware that you're dreaming; maybe not. But it's a really good dream and you know you don't want to leave it; even if you can't quite make out what's happening just beyond those trees, or is that just mist? It's hard to tell. The ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2017

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Newport Jazz Festival Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI August 5, 2017 The soggy, gray blanket that was the Newport sky wrung itself out on the crowd that had gathered for the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, but the good news was it only rained on the audience for about an hour. Danilo Perez's piano oozed melancholic, broken chords, while Avishai Cohen's trumpet filled loose spaces in the music with ...

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FORQ at The World Cafe Live

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FORQ The World Café Live Philadelphia PA July 31 2017 One can be well-versed in the two (whoops, now three) albums worth of music by FORQ, (and in the music from the other bands the individual members hail from) and still not be totally prepared for the impact of the following statement: FORQ is a band best experienced live. This is understandable given that they were kind of ...


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