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Christmas 2015 I: Handel’s Messiah

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George Frideric Handel's Messiah shows no signs of slowing down 273 years after its debut in Dublin on that cool Irish Friday, 13 April 1742. This current year's batch of recordings includes a brand-spanking new release, two reissues, and one that got away from me. They are, in sum, a celebration of Il Caro Sassone and his masterpiece. Judith Nelson, Carolyn Watkinson, Paul Elliott, Emma Kirkby, David Thomas; The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Simon Preston ...


Girl Talk: Saxophonists Nicole Glover and Kirsten Edkins

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The universe of horn players ceased being a “boys club" about thirty years ago. Women have taken commanding roles in both the trumpet (Carol Morgan, Ingrid Jensen, Saskia Laroo) and saxophone (Sharel Cassity, Alisha Pattillo, Nancy Wright, Virginia Mayhew, Pattie Cossentino, Jane Ira Bloom, Claire Daly). Add to these lists two new names, Nicole Glover and Kirsten Edkins, who are debuting with new recordings coming from very different parts of the jazz spectrum. Nicole Glover ...


Skip Heller: San Fernando Valley Blues and The Hollywood Blues Destroyers

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Fred “Skip" Heller. Now there is a rara avis. A musical omnivore as drawn to Glenn Gould as to Roger Miller, Heller's talent and dedication to music and its history deserves so much more than local notoriety in the jny: Los Angeles and jny: Philadelphia areas it enjoys. Then, if I were LA, I would not share him either...he is that special of a person and musician. Heller's personal sound has matured and quickened over his most ...


Joe Albany and Low Down

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Joseph Albani (1924-1988), better known as Joe Albany, is a footnote in jazz history. A monumentally talented pianist with an exceptionally fragile constitution, Albany, like the late Chet Baker pianist Dick Twardzik, was hampered by a self-doubt relieved by heroin. Albany differed from Twardzik in that, like Baker, he lived well beyond the average junkie lifespan to providing a glimpse of what the late-life sequale of chemical dependency--a brutal fade-out really looks like. Unlike Baker, Art Pepper, ...


Dietmar Berger: The Manchester and Berlin Gamba Books

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The gamba or viola de gamba is one of a family of bowed, fretted and stringed instruments that emerged originally in 15th century Spain and was popular during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Having the appearance of a cello, the viola de gamba typically has six strings and have c-rather than f-sound holes. They are toned like the violin family corresponding this the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Gambist Dietmar Berger addresses two books of gamba ...


Martin Taylor & Linn Records - Visions of Stephane Grappelli

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The British audiophile record label Linn has a sub-imprint called Echo. This imprint is dedicated to the re-release of older label titles. It is from this considerable loam of music that these two Martin Taylor releases are gleaned, both hosting appearances by violinist Stephane Grappelli from the mid-1990s. Martin Taylor & Spirit of Django with Stephane Grappelli Years Apart Linn Records 1996/2015 The Spirit of Django was ...


B.B. King: Live in Cook County Jail and More…

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In his ALLMUSIC artist's biography of B.B. King, Bill Dahl states, “Universally hailed as the king of the blues, the legendary B.B. King was without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half of the 20th century." That is hyperbole of the order of Stephen Thomas Erlewine's introduction in the same publication to Johnny Cash as, ..."one of the most imposing and influential figures in post-World War II country music." Of course, neither statement is hyperbole ...


Johnny Winter And Live

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Johnny Winter And Johnny Winter And Live Columbia 1971 There is no other live rock and roll disc that is both so wrong and so perfect at the same time. Johnny Winter led a power trio in the early 1970s supplemented by guitarist Rick Derringer (who later broke through with the Derringer original “Rock and roll Hoochie-Coo" which Winter had also recorded). This particular live recording, Johnny Winter And Live smacks ...

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