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Tohpati Ethnomission: Mata Hati

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Although it's been nearly seven years since Tohpati Ethnomission's Save The Planet (2010), Indonesian guitarist Tohpati has hardly been idle in that time, with several notable releases to his credit on Moonjune Records. Thanks to Leonardo Pavkovic's New York label, Riot (2012), Faces (2017)--both under the moniker Tohpati Bertiga--The Sixth Story (2013), the swansong of the brilliant, though now sadly defunct gamelan-cum-jazz fusion ensemble simakDialog, and Tribal Dance (2014), a solo project featuring Chad Wackerman and Jimmy Haslip, have helped ...

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Live From A&R Studios New York August 26th 1971

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Sacrilegious as it may sound, the Allman Brothers' performance on Live From A&R Studios New York August 26th 1971 is superior to At Fillmore East (Capricorn, 1971), heretofore regarded as the definitive document of this seminal southern rock band's on-stage expertise. After prior bootlegging in a variety of forms, the recording of the former has been mixed from the master tapes under the supervision of Bill Levenson, the overseer of the Dreams box (Polydor, 1989), and as such is the ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Cornell '77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead's Concert at Barton Hall

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Cornell '77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead's Concert at Barton Hall Peter Conners 232 Pages ISBN: #150170432X Cornell University Press 2017 If it strains the credulity of even the most devout Deadhead that a whole book has been devoted to a single show of this iconic band, it may be even more startling that Peter Conners validates the concept with the combination of his skewed sense of ...

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Larry Dickson Jazz Quartet: Donora Autumn

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Baritone sax, trumpet, bass and drums: a lineup that may seem more than passably familiar to fans of small-group jazz in general and West Coast jazz in particular. The first of many piano-less quartets--and the one that remains the gold standard--was the Gerry Mulligan / Chet Baker Quartet, formed in the early '50s with Bob Whitlock on bass and Chico Hamilton on drums. While Cincinnati-based baritone Larry Dickson's roster is the same, there is no attempt on Donora Autumn to ...

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Roots In The Green Mountains

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The vibrant music community of Burlington, Vermont is a veritable fountainhead of the gestation of new and varied forms of this greatest of all the arts. The earthy elegance of Vorcza is one thing, the visceral impact of The Seth Yacovone Band something else altogether. And the roots-based work of Bardela and Kyle Chadburn is distinct unto itself: their original efforts build upon a traditionalism far removed from the eccentricities of Phish and their offspring such as Twiddle is. Nurturing ...

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Anemone: A Wing Dissolved In Light

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Meetings of peripatetic improvisers form regular occurrences in these straitened times, but by uniting a quintet of musicians from three continents, each from different countries, Anemone takes the custom to extremes. Of course free improvisation provides a touchstone which transcends any cultural or language differences. Perhaps the surprise comes in realizing that A Wing Dissolved In Light, recorded at the 2013 Tampere Jazz Happening, was not a one off but rather merely the first document of an enduring project begun ...

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50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics and People that Shaped Our Culture

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50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics and People that Shaped Our Culture 288 Pages ISBN: #1419724460 Harry N. Abrams 2017 A coffee table book for a generation, this near seven-pound tome entitles 50 Years of Rolling Stone is as philosophically weighty as its subtitle would imply. Or so Jann Wenner would have us believe in his introduction and essentially he's right. Yet he hedges on the fact that, while Rolling Stone Magazine ...

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Charles Lloyd: Passin' Thru

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Passin' Thru is a live recording celebrating the 10th anniversary of saxophonist Charles Lloyd's New Quartet with pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland. The full band was last heard from on record on Athens Concert (ECM, 2011). When Lloyd reconvened the quartet for a tour in the summer of 2016 he was in a bit of a retrospective mood, curious to revisit some of his earlier music from a more mature perspective. After a ...

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Robert Randolph & the Family Band with Memphis Crawl at the Space at Westbury

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Robert Randolph & the Family Band with Memphis Crawl Space at Westbury Westbury, NY July 22, 2017 Robert Randolph and the Family Band is a New Jersey-based funk and soul outfit led by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph (who has sometimes been called the “Jimi Hendrix of the pedal steel guitar"). The majority of the Family Band is comprised of Randolph's blood--his cousins play drums, keyboards and bass and his sister Lenesha Randolph handles ...


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