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Year of the Mule - Gov't Mule and the Future Past

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What has previously been relegated to Gov't Mule's live downloads have now been released on CD and LP. But first, a little back ground. Gov't Mule adopted a concert practice of Phish, who began (approximately) yearly coverage of a famous “classic" rock album in concert, typically on Halloween. Phish began this practice in 1994 with The Beatles' White Album (Apple, 1968). Gov't Mule began their similar tradition on Halloween and/or New Year's Eve with a covers from ...

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Memphis Fire – Matt Isbell and the Cigar Box Guitar

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"The past is never dead. It's not even past." --William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun Ghost Town Blues Band Hard Road to Hoe Self Produced 2015 Memphis, Tennessee: The American South's conflicted Mecca. For its size and location, Memphis should be much more than it is. At the very least, it should be the rightful home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cleveland? The reason? Cleveland was ...

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Classical Boxes: Harnoncort’s Strauss & Bostridges’ Schubert

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With the traditional music industry in shambles, the larger labels are repackaging their deep catalogs as never before, releasing well-conceived box sets that are modestly priced for the amount of music offered. Here are two from Warner Classics that make me want to yell, “Yeehaw!" (In the southern classical music vernacular, that is.) Nikolaus Harnoncourt Johann Strauss II Warner Classics 2014 When considering Austrian period-performance conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, ...

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Bach to Bach: Hopkinson Smith and Isang Enders

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The sweeping emotional reach of Johann Sebastian Bach's Suites, BWV 1007--1012) cannot be underestimated. Heard performed incandescently on two different instruments helps also. Throw in the Sonatas & Partitas for Violin, BWV 1001-1006, on the lute and you have a Bach free-for-all. Hopkinson Smith J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Suites Naive 2014 Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonatas & Partitas for Violin, BWV 1001-1006 and his Suites for Cello, BWV 1001-1006 ...

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Dust Bowl Rodeo – Red Eye Gravy

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When Nathaniel asked Philip, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Nathaniel could have been referring to East Oklahoma. Or, that is what many think. But Oklahoma is the home of not a few pivotal musicians. The flat terrain, constant wind, and warm sun proved quite fertile for musicians. In jazz, there is guitarist Charlie Christian, trumpeter Chet Baker, bandleader Jay McShanne, and saxophonists Don Byas, and Sharel Cassity (I asked her if she had lost her Oklahoma ...

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Notable and Nearly Missed 2014

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As I have grown older, I have come to the startling and disheartening realization that I will not be able to read all the books there are, and, more importantly, listen to all the music there is (much less write about it). I otherwise appreciate a finite lifespan, but not when it comes to books and music. For a genre of music garnering a percentage of listeners in the single digits, jazz is represented disproportionately in the market place.

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Holiday 2014: Nearly Christmas

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Where is your sense of humor? No, not one of these discs could practically be called “Holiday" or “Christmas" music. Para-Christmas music, maybe, but not the bona fide real deal. I just exercise my critical prerogative to call these closely related releases okay for review as holiday releases, mostly because of their Christian emphases and sacred context. No matter, they are worth an gander and a listen this season. Dunedin Consort; Ben Parry, Director In ...

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Holiday 2014: Mostly A Cappella

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Choral Christmas is here in spades. The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School pits itself with Noel Edison and his Festival Elora Singers in similar programs while Capriccio Records offers a Baroque embarrassment of wealth from the time of Bach. John Robinson, Director; The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School Christmas in Harvard Square Decca Records 2014 The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School of Boston are looking to ...



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