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August 2015

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Dear Mr. P.C.: What's wrong with the people who made up the names for how to play? When you get to a section that's double-time, you would think it would take twice as long, but it's actually faster. Then you get to a part that's half-time, so it should take half as long to play, but it's slower. Am I missing something? --Concerned Citizen Dear Concerned: Yes, you are. Your math assumes ...

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Jakob Bro: Hymnotic/Salmodisk

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The exploration of different musical formats has been one of the defining characteristics of Danish guitarist Jakob Bro for a long time. It makes perfect sense when you think about Bro's approach to music. He is an artist that likes to work with different voices to see what they can bring to the music. Back in 2008, Bro introduced a nonet that was documented on the live-recording White Rainbow (Loveland Records, 2008). Many of the musicians that ...

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Tom Cox: The Journey Home

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Little Rock pianist Tom Cox and bassist Bill Huntington follow their plaintive, 2014 release Red (Self Produced) with the present The Journey Home. Like Red it is an exploration of spare melody with harmony on piano, propelled by Huntington's certain time. It is a crepuscular recital of mood pieces, warmly conceived as if at the end of day. The majority of pieces are Cox composed with the Coots/Lewis standard “For All We Know," Keith Jarrett's “Prism" and Gonzalo Rubalcaba's arrangement ...

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Montreux Jazz Journal 2015: Lenny Kravitz Enlists a Sweet Swiss Army

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Lenny Kravitz, Assorted Others Auditorium Stravinski, various locations Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland June 13, 2015 Sometimes a performer's most primary appeal is obvious. In tonight's case that appeal was verified by a large percentage of fired-up females, wedged in for Lenny Kravitz's sweltering, sold-out set in the grand Auditorium Stravinski. The enduringly fashionable Kravitz and his fans brought more progressive wardrobes than you'd normally see for typical Montreux attire, ...

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Chicago Reed Quartet: Western Automatic

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After a heyday in the late 1970s which saw the World Saxophone Quartet, ROVA and the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, to list but three of the more celebrated, strutting their stuff, the format has undergone a hiatus more recently. However it remains firmly established as an instrumental configuration and perhaps the only surprise is that it has taken so long for a Chicago version to emerge. That deficit has been filled by saxophonist Dave Rempis, who has convened a foursome ...

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Romain Vuilleman: Swinging In Paris

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Anyone who needs a lift from current state of the world could do much worse than popping Swinging In Paris into the player and be transported back to the late 1930s and Django Reinhardt's Quintette du Hot Club de France. Guitarist Romain Vuillemin's quartet (guitarist Stephan Nguyen, violinist Guillaume Singer and bassist Jeremie Arranger) was created to, in his own words, “pay tribute to Django Reinhardt in his purest style, interpreted with a pinch of originality in the ...

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Dave Mason's Traffic Jam at The Paramount

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Dave Mason's Traffic Jam The Paramount Huntington, NY July 25, 2015 Dave Mason has seen and done it all. He, along with Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi, co-founded Traffic. He was a member (although briefly) of both Delaney, Bonnie & Friends and Fleetwood Mac, served as a temporary second guitarist in Eric Clapton's Derek & the Dominos and participated in the recording of George Harrison's All Things Must Pass (Apple Records, 1970). In 1971 he ...

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Mark Winkler: Jazz and Other Four Letter Words

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Vocalist Mark Winkler has been something of a victim of his own talent: his work as a vocalist has often been routinely overlooked, largely eclipsed by his renown as a songwriter. But the tide seems to be turning for this cool school singer-of-note. With the critical success and positive public response to The Laura Nyro Project (Cafe Pacific Records, 2013), the arrival of his duo project with Cheryl Bentyne--West Coast Cool (Summit Records, 2013)--and this hipper-than-hip outing, Winkler is finally ...



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