Earl Hines – Piano Genius at Work (7CD + DVD Box Set)

Earl Hines is often named the “Father of Modern Jazz Piano” and not without good reason. He was a Piano pioneer, not only in excelling and exercising his mastery of harmony and rhythm in solos, but in establishing the Piano as an important member of any jazz ensemble. The trumpet-style phrasing Hines formed a close creative unit with […]

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50 greatest symphonies

Tom Service’s survey of the 50 symphonies that changed classical music Continues HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music and theatre tickets from these people HERE

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THE CADOGAN HALL: Rebecca Stewart the brains behind the series of Free Concerts

Tony Andrews writes: With Out To Lunch at Cadogan Hall 2017 thrilling the regulars earlier this year and hopefully lots of newcomers too, it seems appropriate to allow you all to meet Rebecca Stewart the brains behind the series of Free Concerts. Rebecca, Thank you for taking the time out from your busy schedule to […]

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Steely Dan – Ellis Auditorium Memphis April 30th 1974 (CD)

Recorded by the band’s definitive line-up during the legendary Pretzel Logic tour, this awesome live set finds Messrs. Fagen & Becker leading their outstanding musicians (including 20 year-old drummer Jeff Porcaro) through several of their best-loved compositions, as well as a couple of rarities. Recorded for FM radio broadcast, it’s presented here in superb fidelity, […]

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STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN: The Broadcast Collection 1983 – ‘89 (9CD Box Set)

We are told: The entire original King Biscuit Flower Hour, WXRT, WLIR, WMMR, Washington DC and KBCO FM Broadcasts Covering performances from Nine Incredible shows; Ripley’s Music Hall 1983, The Spectrum 1984 & 1988, Chicago Blues Festival 1985, Fox Theatre 1986, Mann Music Center 1987, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 1989 and include five bonus tracks performed […]

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Home built mechanical sound recorder

This looks rather interesting. Here’s an extract from the accompanying test: “Here is my version of a mechanical sound recorder based on a turntable. It’s possible to record up to 4 minutes on a blank CD. The quality of my camera’s mic captured sound is lower than that of the real playback, videos with original […]

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RAY MANZAEREK: On Acid, Ghosts and Jim Morrison’s Death – by Stephen Daultrey

The late Ray Manzarek of ‘The Doors’ fame speaks to Stephen Daultrey along side his band member Robbie Krieger on paranormal life in England and ‘this supernatural world’. Back in 2010, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing two of my musical heroes – Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger of The Doors – in […]

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J.S. BACH: Four Concertos for Harpsichords and Orch. = Fritz Neumeyer/Lily Berger/Konrad Burr/ Ilse Urbuteit/Ch. Orch. of the Saar/Karl Ristenpart – HDTT

Orinally published in 2013 Transferred from a 1965 Nonesuch LP, having been recorded by Club Francais du Disque, this happy collation of multiple-klavier concertos by Bach reminded me of my old LP days, when the Nonesuch label offered such appetizers as “Music for the King’s Supper” and other musical repasts. Upgraded acoustically using the Lynx […]

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Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark & Chris Hillman – Armadillo World Headquarters Austin, TX, 1979 (CD)

The McGuinn, Clark and Hillman project came when the three former founding members of the Byrds attempted a triple bill tour with their respective solo bands in Europe in 1977. The subsequent reunion two years later was felt to be an extension of what the original band had accomplished and that no disco lick from […]

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The Art Of Becoming A Jazz Musician: An Interview With Toshiko Akiyoshi:

Since 1956, when she first appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival, Toshiko Akiyoshi has been a significant force in the jazz world, both as pianist and composer. She was the first woman to win DownBeat magazine’s Best Arranger/Composer poll category. The New York Times called her “perhaps the most physically articulate conductor since Duke Ellington.” […]

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ECM: In search of free jazz and free expression

Manfred Eicher discusses his genre-defying label ECM, home of Keith Jarrett, Arvo Pärt and priceless recordings of free jazz greats. On 9 July Manfred Eicher will be 70. He does not look his age, more like an amiable ascetic with a tidy moustache, medium-length grey hair, dressed in a shirt and jeans. Not a man […]

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THE KINKS: Dave Davies on his emotional return to the UK stage and ‘toxic’ relationship with brother Ray

Dave Davies is standing among the seated breakfasters one bright morning in the Clissold Arms, a heavily remodelled gastro-pub in north London, across the road from the terraced house where he grew up. He is trying to discern a more shadowy spot, visible only in his memory, where in 1961, aged 14, he and his […]

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THE PRETENDERS: Alone (CD)

Chrissie Hynde was working on a solo project with the Black Key’s Dan Auerbach in his Nashville studio, organically recording the follow up to her 2014 album, the superb Stockholm. The new record had been tentatively entitled Chrissie Hynde Practices Her Autograph. Then it dawned that those driving guitars, ragged-but-righteous arrangements, the tough yet tender […]

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