JUSTIN CURRIE / DEL AMITRI: ‘We were never cool, even back in the indie days’

Si Hawkins: Just a few minutes into a perfectly good-natured chat with Justin Currie, I suddenly feel the need to make an embarrassing, tone-altering admission. Currie was, and soon will be again, the lead singer of Del Amitri, a band seemingly destined never to be hip, and an easy target for those of us who […]

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West Side Story composer nearly gave up on show, letters reveal

Originally published in 2014 Vanessa Thorpe writes …… Leonard Bernstein’s hostility towards writer of musical’s book almost halted project, newly released correspondence reveals 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 […]

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World-renowned jazz musician Pat Metheny discusses his impressions of life, music, and progressive education.

You started playing the trumpet when you were eight. What drew you to it? Well, my whole family’s pretty musical. My brother, Mike, was a great trumpet player, a child prodigy. My dad is a terrific trumpet player and my mom’s father was a professional trumpet player. Trumpet was sort of in the family. I […]

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Miles Davis – Chicago Jazz Festival 1990 (CD)

Miles Davis is backed by Kenny Garrett on alto saxophone and flute, Kei Agaki on synths, Richard Pattersonon bass, Ricky Wellman on drums, Erin Davis (Mile’s youngest son, incorrectly announced as John Bigham)on electronic percussion, and John “Foley” McCreary, Jr. on “lead bass” – a custom Blue Marble instrument tuned almost an octave higher than […]

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PEARL JAM: State Of Love And Trust (CD)

Legendary rock group Pearl Jam, live in concert. Recorded in 1992 Oceans Even Flow Why Go Jeremy Deep Alive Hunger Strike State Of Love And Trust Porch ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is to buy music […]

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HI Res Foo

Will someone please show illustrate to me why there is no point going beyond 16/44. Personally I cannot discern any difference, I would however appreciate knowing why, in detail. Many thanks. Dip in and out HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based […]

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PEGGY SEEGER: Interview: there’s always a first time, even at 77

Peggy Seeger, purist queen of the folk revival, has released an album of electronic dance versions of her songs. She talks to Colin Irwin. It’s bizarre enough that a 77-year-old grandmother is picking up radio airplay and making her mark in clubs singing on an uncompromising dance record that hurtles at you in a blazing […]

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SCHUBERT: Ferocious, tender, sublime

From the archive; Tom Service writes: The simple facts of Franz Schubert’s life shed little light on the enormous emotional range of his music, and the seismic effect his work has had. Living almost entirely in his home town of Vienna, he was a loyal but occasionally cantankerous and drunk friend to a tight-knit groups of […]

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Birthday Celebration Live In New York 1997 (Vinyl 3LP) by David Bowie > inc track listing

From the archives ….. David Bowie and a star-studded cast of special guests gather at New York City’s fabled Madison Square Garden to celebrate Bowie’s 50th birthday. In keeping with Bowie’s longstanding artistic independence, this is far more than a standard tribute event: Bowie puts on an amazing, full-scale show with his tight-knit, hard-driving, highly […]

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Bryce Dessner is best known as the guitarist with the much-loved art-rock band The National, but …..

First published November 2013 Bryce Dessner is best known as the guitarist with the much-loved art-rock band The National, but over the last few years he has steadily been carving out another branch to his career in modern composition and contemporary classical music – and the various other terms that are used to describe such […]

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Medtner: Sonata Romantica; Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 2 and Corelli Variations, Steven Osborne, review: ‘true wonder of power’

These works take on an impressive dimension when performed by pianist Steven Osborne, says Geoffrey Norris 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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TODD GARFINKLE / M•A Recordings: A World Citizen

STEREOPHILE:  Todd Garfinkle, guiding light of M•A Recordings, travels the globe recording provocative music in unbelievably wonderful acoustic settings. Todd travels to exotic climes such as Macedonia and Southern Siberia to capture unique and beautiful traditional ethnic music and song. He records with only two omnidirectional microphones, the signals of which are fed into handmade […]

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THE BEATLES: They ‘forgot’ dozens of songs

Paul McCartney claims that the absence of portable recording devices during the band’s heyday meant that songs he co-wrote with John Lennon were frequently forgotten the morning after. More HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is […]

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STUD: Out-sider (CD)

We are told ….. Private hard-rock ultra-rarity from Texas exhumed for the first time. With only 200 copies released in 1975, the “Stud” album has become a holy grail for collectors. A mystery for many years (all the band members used pseudonyms on the album credits), many people failed to track the band down – […]

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Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, review: ‘well-considered and stimulating’

Angela Hewitt seamlessly draws Liszt’s ideas together in a continuous, flowing musical landscape, says Geoffrey Norris 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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