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Bonerama at the Governors Island Beach Club

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Bonerama Governers Island Beach Club NolaFunk's 1st Annual Crawfish & Music Fest Governors Island, NY June 27, 2014 Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! Those who speak French know what the phrase means. If you have ever been to jny: New Orleans, you've “lived" this phrase. If you've had the pleasure of seeing Bonerama in concert you can't help but scream the phrase at the top of your lungs. French or English. Either way, Let The Good Times Roll!. Bonerama is a band. Yes it is, but that description is somewhat lacking. Bonerama ...

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Dan Phillips BKK Quartet: Bangkok Edge Live

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Guitarist Dan Phillips has long been a leading figure in nurturing jazz in his adopted home of jny:Bangkok. Whether teaching in the city's universities or through his club gigs, Phillips has mentored and inspired many of Thailand's upcoming jazz musicians. With the excellent pairing of drummer Chanutr Techatana-nan (aka Hong) and bassist Pornchart Viriyapark, the trio's impressive debut Bangkok Edge (Self produced, 2012) featured Danish saxophonist Jakob Dinesen on half the tracks. That collaboration is reprised here in a vibrant live recording where the quartet blows hard on a set of standards. Recorded in 2013 at Niu's Jazz ...

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Rich Halley 4: The Wisdom of Rocks

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Over the span of a uniformly superb career, saxophonist Rich Halley and his working quartet have blended sophisticated style and unbridled vigor into impeccable performances that brim with creative energy. Their fourth release The Wisdom Of Rocks is no exception. What is unique about this provocative and exhilarating record is its unadorned beauty and mordant sound. Like the title insinuates, a pervasive theme is a raw, almost primal erudition that permeates its dozen, mostly, short tracks. The hard-hitting “The Atoll" opens the disc with an intense sonic gust. After a powerful series of musical blows, Halley and trombonist ...

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Halie Loren at the Bach Dynamite & Dancing Society

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Halie Loren Quartet Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society aka Douglas Beach House Half Moon Bay, CaliforniaJune 22, 2014 Topping off the late afternoon at the Bach, the Halie Loren Quartet took the stage, ready to give the audience the gift of song. The quartet was composed of Brian West on drums, Mark Schneider on bass, Matthew Treder on piano and Halie Loren vocals. They have been on the rise in the public eye, expanding their horizons and gaining national and international notoriety over the past several years. It is not just a single thing that ...

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Tom Chang: Tongue and Groove

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Look at the lineup on Tom Chang's Tongue & Groove! There is literally no way that this album could be anything less than great. Listening, repeatedly, to Tongue & Groove has, in fact, borne this out. Chang utilizes the increasingly popular two-reeds / bass / drums configuration to frame brief, but consistently spectacular, improvisations in the midst of his surprisingly knotty and complex multi-sectioned compositions. Everyone rises to the occasion here because the only way to play Chang's cutting edge compositions successfully is to rise to the bloody occasion! The only player on Tongue and Groove who I ...

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Barenaked Ladies at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

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Barenaked Ladies San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa Nielsen 360 Conference San Antonio, TX June 24, 2014 The Barenaked Ladies are one of Canada's greatest and most successful exports to the United States if not the world. If success were defined by bringing smiles to the faces of the young and old alike, then the band is clearly a huge success. Best known for their string of hit singles that include “One Week," “The Old Apartment," “If I Had $1000000," “Brian Wilson" and most recently the theme song for the CBS sitcom ...

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Remembering Charlie Haden

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We're celebrating the spirited life and music of bassist Charlie Haden (1937-2014) who passed away on July 11th. We've included links to four archived interviews as well as our coverage of Mr. Haden's music from years past. Charlie Haden: An Analog Guy in a Digital World (2004) Born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, Charlie Haden came up in a musical family. After moving around the Midwest, he eventually settled in Los Angeles playing bass with Hampton Hawes, Elmo Hope, and Paul Bley. A fateful meeting in 1958 with Ornette Coleman netted Haden one of his ...

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Jeff Beck in Cologne

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Jeff Beck Group E-Werk Cologne, Germany May 29, 2014 Sometimes a man's reputation proceeds him. Such was the case tonight, where an overflow crowd of 2,000 fans arrived early, and crammed into a steamy bunker of bricks to hear Jeff Beck's wonderous wails to the electric wind. With general admission ticket prices around an 80 buck exchange rate, it was good indication of respect. The price of admission proved to be merited, about twenty licks in. Luckily for hundreds of fans, sensational sounds were the primary pleasure, ...

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Walt Weiskopf: Overdrive

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Since making his first two records on the independent Iris label back in the early '90s, Walt Weiskopf has staked a claim as one of the most advanced and iconic tenor saxophonists in jazz. However, even as he went on to record one great record after another for Criss Cross beginning in 1993, Weiskopf remained under the radar of most listeners and seldom even registered on most critics polls. Over the past several years his profile has risen via regular road work with the group Steely Dan. What is great about this particular role is that within the ...

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Joe Magnarelli: Lookin' Up!

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Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli has been a jazz scene stalwart for 30 years. Based in New York since 1986 he's worked with a broad range of musicians including Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Cobb and Michael Feinstein and has released a series of albums as leader. Lookin' Up! is his first recording for the Posi-Tone label and it proves to be a fine addition to that label's roster of top-flight straight-ahead jazz.Lookin' Up! is a quintet outing, with trombonist and fellow Posi-Tone artist Steve Davis sharing the front line with Magnarelli. The album has a full, rich, sound courtesy of producer ...

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Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (Limited Artbook Edition)

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Recorded just five months after the three-CD/two-DVD Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith (Inside Out, 2013), it's not an unreasonable question to ask: why another show from the same tour (given the tour has been extended even further, by popular demand, into 2014 under the moniker Genesis Extended, featuring the same lineup with the exception of Nick Beggs replacing Lee Pomeroy on bass, bass pedals, guitar and vocals)--especially when this is the music of Genesis, a group renowned for its desire to perform its music as faithfully to the studio recordings as possible? The answer is simple: this is, ...

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The Grahams: Riverman's Daughter (Deluxe Edition)

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Alyssa and Doug Graham are a husband and wife duo who met in gramar school. The duo's music is passionate, joyful, harmonious and captivating. It isn't exactly country, though, country music fans will love it. It isn't exactly folk, yet folk music aficionados will immediately connect with it. The music isn't exactly pop, yet it features pop elements. It can't be called blues but it is certainly bluesy. It sure is rootsy, but the term rootsy doesn't do justice to the music that this group creates. It's not really bluegrass, because bluegrass is only a portion of what type of ...

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Cowboy Mouth: Go!

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Cowboy Mouth drummer/lead vocalist Fred LeBlanc has been quoted as saying, “If the Neville Brothers and the Clash had a baby, it would be Cowboy Mouth." Fans have described a Cowboy Mouth performance as a Southern gospel revival sans the religion. In many ways for many of the band's fans, Cowboy Mouth is a religion. As anyone who has seen a Cowboy Mouth concert can attest, there is a lot of southern preacher in LeBlanc's stage banter. Cake Magazine once described a Cowboy Mouth performance thusly, ..."on a bad night they'll tear the roof off the joint and on a ...

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Jon Cowherd: Mercy

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It's always difficult for an artist who has become so intimately associated with a group--especially if he or she has been a significant compositional contributor--to build a separate identity outside of that group. It might be one of the reasons that Pat Metheny Group keyboardist Lyle Mays--who not only contributed compositions of his own, but also co-wrote some of the group's most well-known and well-loved material--has released so few recordings under his own name. Pianist/keyboardist Jon Cowherd is nowhere near as joined at the hip to Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, heard most recently on the characteristically ...



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