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Mark Shuman: Morphine's Music Still Resonates With me Today

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Music documentaries made by fans easily fall into two categories: they either fend off non-believers or they turn them into true believers and draw them into the fold. Director Mark Shuman's film Journey of Dreams about the band Morphine begins almost by excluding the non-believers but all the way through it opens its gates for everyone to see and feel the story about this seminal band of the '90s. Wrongfully tagged as an alternative band at the time, ...

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Spiro: Making Music that is Dispassionate and Emotional

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The Bristol four piece ensemble Spiro makes music that straddles and bridges a multiplicity of genres. With each consecutive album it redefines what it means to be a strings ensemble. It constantly breaks every boundary imaginable, but above all it's aim is to make gorgeously joyous music. It's music has a strange effect on one's senses. Upon first hearing it feels like gentle tingling and suddenly its mesh of sounds and melodies awakens you and moves you. It's an understatement ...

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John Engels: Looking Back, Moving Forward

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Drummer John Engels has the energy of two forty-year olds, which is pretty impressive, since he will soon be turning 80. He will celebrate this auspicious occasion with the Vogel Vrij (Free as a Bird) tour, a series of concerts at diverse venues throughout jny: the Netherlands (with saxophonists Benny Golson and Benjamin Herman) which began in April and continues through October. A book was also recently published in Dutch: Hé Vogel, Wanneer Spelen We Weer?: Het Muzikale Leven van ...

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Michel Camilo: From Dominica to Spain and Back Again

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz in July 2000. After performing more than 40 concerts together, longtime friends Michel Camilo and Tomatito recorded Spain, an album that fuses their respective backgrounds of Latin Jazz and flamenco. Spain was released in the country of its title in 1999 to wide critical acclaim and strong sales. At its best, the disc incorporates both broad styles into a third stream that belongs solely to Camilo/Tomatito. Their backgrounds provide ...

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Larry Coryell: A Family Affair

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This interview was originally published at All About Jazz in March 2000. All About Jazz: The Coryells seems to be your most personal album yet. Larry Coryell: The idea of recording with my sons seemed like a good idea at the time. It was a great joy to record with my sons. The sessions went beautifully. AAJ: Had you recorded with them before? LC: I had them on a Shanachie release in ...

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Duane Eubanks: Artistry of a Boundless Nature

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Duane Eubanks may be the youngest of the incredibly musically-blessed Eubanks siblings, however this outstanding Philly-born trumpeter and composer also carries the bedrock jazz tradition of the City of Brotherly Love with “Rocky"-like vigor. With his latest quintet offering Things of That Particular Nature--one long overdue due to his constant in-demand status as a sideman contributor with Mulgrew Miller, brothers Robin Eubanks and Kevin Eubanks, Dave Holland's Big Band and many others--Eubanks returns to the leader's spotlight, grabs horn and ...

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Herb Alpert: In the Mood for Excellence

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While he has been bestowed endless awards--nine Grammys, a presidential Medal of the Arts, enshrined in the Rock Hall of Fame--and has sold over 72 million records, Herb Alpert is a trumpet player at heart and an artist in his soul. What emanates from that trumpet and its player's mind is pure creative expression. And, in addition to the love of his life, the incredibly talented vocalist/author Lani Hall, Herb Alpert is deeply enamored with melody and with the Muse ...

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Nick Hempton's Catch & Release

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Ever since the advent of Napster, musicians and commentators have been sounding the knell for the music industry model that had existed for the better part of the twentieth century. More than fifteen years on, it's clear that the old model lurches on, haggard and zombielike, but no clear and lasting successor has emerged. The à la carte model of iTunes, the 500-pound gorilla of the digital music era, is now losing ground to ad-supported or subscription streaming services such ...



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