Terry Riley – The 3 Generations Trio (CD)

… I like to work with these more open forms in order to bring out the best in my own playing as well as that of my collaborators, freeing up our abilities to improvise in diverse ways and for the music to exist in the moment. The music might encompass Asian, African, Western Classical, Jazz or other aesthetics as Tracy and Gyan have the ability and awareness to […]

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Muddy Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s ‘mind-blowing’ station show

On 7 May 1964, a gaggle of excited passengers alighted on to a rainy disused railway station platform in south Manchester and took their seats for what one of the city’s leading music academics says was a “massively culturally significant” gig. The show at Whalley Range’s Wilbraham Road station, recorded for Granada TV as the […]

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The Blues Band – Rock Goes To College (CD+DVD)

Keele University, United Kingdom, 22nd May, 1980. Rock Goes To College was a BBC series that first ran between 1978 and 1981 on British television. Upcoming rock bands were showcased, and it was broadcast ‘live’ from small venues at University, Polytechnic and College halls, where tickets were often given free to students, ensuring a full […]

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Chicago Jazz Festival 1987 (2CD) by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

We are told …. Art Blakey’s band was unofficially known as the ‘finishing school of jazz’, with celebrated players including Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Chuck Mangione, Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis passing through its ranks over the decades. Blakey continued to play and tour right up to the end […]

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Billie Holiday: Lady Day: The Master Takes And Singles (4CD Box Set)

This repackaged 4CD/80 track set collects highlights from Billie Holiday’s 1933-1944 tenure on Columbia, housed within a hardback book case. The enclosed book includes an incisive essay by Village Voice critic Gary Giddins, which provides context to those unfamiliar with Holiday’s unique story. Disc: 1 1. I Wished On the Moon – Billie Holiday with […]

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The sound of silence. How the ‘space’ around music affects the way we listen

The June issue’s cover story explores the borders existing between genres, but in My Music, the feature in which we interview a leading figure from outside of the classical music world, landscape architect Kim Wilkie reflects on sound borders in an even wider sense. There’s usually a timely ‘peg’ as to who we interview in […]

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Mind Over Music

Two articles from the July 2013 issue of Psychology of Music: Exploring a rationale for choosing to listen to sad music when feeling sad  Enhancing genre-based measures of music preference by user-defined liking and social tags Continue reading HERE

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