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Diamond Dust: The Eccentric Genius of Jeff Beck

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The man played like he had a love/hate relationship with his guitar. One moment he could be ever-so-gently coaxing bittersweet strains from the strings and the next he could very well be wringing tortuous sounds from up and down the fretboard, as often as not thanks to his instinctively savvy use of the whammy bar. It ...


Article: Year in Review

Doug Collette's Best Jazz Albums Of 2022

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Just the tip of the proverbial iceberg... in alphabetical order... Joey Alexander Origin Mack Avenue Records Will BernardPond Life Dreck to Disk Matt Choboter's Hypnopompia Sleep Inertia Songlines Recordings Goldings / Bernstein / StewartPerpetual ...


Article: Album Review

Neil Young with Crazy Horse: World Record

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In its own peculiar way, World Record is as confounding as the previous two albums by Neil Young with Crazy Horse. Yet it's far more compelling, this despite its comparably impromptu, borderline sloppy nature. This title might be heard as a progression from or an extension of Colorado (Reprise, 2019) and/or Barn (Reprise, 2021, except that ...


Article: Blues Deluxe

Autumn 2022

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Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note, spotlighting titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Grant Dermody Behind The Sun Self Produced 2022 This roughly fifty-minute excursion into the blues, Grant ...


Article: Album Review

Doruzka/Wylezol/Ballard: Andromeda's Mystery

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Drummer Jeff Ballard has kept himself busy and productive while his long-time collaborator, pianist/composer Brad Mehldau, has been engaged in projects other than the trio in which they share membership. Ballard lent his finely-honed percussion technique and instinctive empathy as a musician to the Fabian Willman Trio's Balance (CYH Records, 2022) as well as appearing on ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Harvest 50th Anniversary Edition (CD/DVD)

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To hear and see Neil Young express such deep-seated personal contentment near the end of his film Harvest Time is to understand more fully why he would go to some lengths to curate a box set of the album upon which the movie is based. While some of the content enclosed on the CDs and DVDs ...


Article: Album Review

Jimmy Hall: Ready Now

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Vocalist/musician/songwriter Jimmy Hall has had quite the career for himself. From his days as frontman for Dixie rockers Wet Willie-- remember “Keep On Smilin'"?--to more recently singing with guitar hero Jeff Beck, he's navigated spots on the Allman Family Revival tour as well as commanded the stage on multiple occasions with the latter-day Allman Brothers Band ...


Article: Album Review

Allman Brothers Band: Syria Mosque Pittsburgh, PA January 17, 1971

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On the surface, The Allman Brother Band's Syria Mosque Pittsburgh, PA January 17, 1971, would appear to be just another in a long line of live releases featuring the original six-man lineup of the archetypal Southern blues-rockers. It is, however, markedly superior on many fronts. Granted, this title hardly renders obsolete ABB's seminal concert ...


Article: Album Review

Al Di Meola / Jean-Luc Ponty / Stanley Clarke: Rite Of Strings Live at Montreux 1994

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By the time Al Di Meola, Jean-Luc Ponty and Stanley Clarke were recorded in 1994 at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival—remarkably, in their first time ever playing together in public—each had established a solid reputation in the jazz-fusion field and beyond. Accordingly, it might be seen as destiny that the three would work together in some ...


Article: Book Review

Play All Night!: Duane Allman and The Journey to Fillmore East

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Play All Night!: Duane Allman and The Journey to Fillmore East Bob Beatty 272 Pages ISBN: #978-0813069500 University Press of Florida2022 Reading Bob Beatty's Play All Night!: Duane Allman and The Journey to Fillmore East is sometimes akin to becoming embroiled in a tortuous tug-of-war between the author's intellect ...


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