Buddy Guy – ‘I Worry About The Future Of Blues Music’

Buddy Guy is the blues, and he’s our connection to a genre that’s embedded in the history of America. But it’s a sound the guitarist fears is fading. Born and raised in Louisiana without running water or electricity, Guy tells NPR’s David Greene, “They got some mosquitoes in Louisiana that can almost lift you out […]

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Trees was a British folk rock band recording and touring throughout 1969, 1970 and 1971, reforming briefly to ….

Trees was a British folk rock band recording and touring throughout 1969, 1970 and 1971, reforming briefly to continue performing throughout 1972. Although the group met with little commercial success in their time, the reputation of the band has grown over the years, and underwent a renaissance in 2007 following Gnarls Barkley’s sampling of the […]

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Why Lou Reed really was ‘a twisted, scary monster’

Lewis Jones reviews Lou Reed by Anthony DeCurtis (John Murray) With the four albums they released between 1967 and 1970, the Velvet Underground challenged the prevailing musical fashion set by California hippies. Instead of peace, love and soft drugs, they sang about paranoia, perversion and hard drugs. Gleefully uncouth, they were also cool and witty, […]

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The classical music world of Min Lee

If history has taught us anything, it was that the age-old classical music scene has been dominated by the eccentric and the brilliant. Singapore’s musical child prodigy Min Lee will be part of that very rich history when she takes to the stage with the 300-year-old Brahms Stradivarius violin crafted by handcrafted by the great […]

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RORY GALLAGHER: The Complete 1991 Interview

Rory Gallagher threw every fibre of his being into his music. Scrappy, unabashed, and bluesy to the core, he was a sublime guitarist and compelling singer. His live and studio recordings, especially during the 1970s, deliver strength, wisdom, and inspiration. Personally, I count him among my favorite guitarists. I seldom travel without his music and […]

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MOSE ALLISON: An interview with Mose Allison:

The opportunity presented itself in November to attend a performance by blues artist Mose Allison at a jazz club in the Detroit area. This was my first time seeing him perform live, although I had been familiar with his music since youth. I have just recently become reanimated by his music, which has always made […]

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AN ORCHESTRA OF PIANOS: Maxime Le Guil: Recording Vincent Delerm’s Les Amants Parallèles

Paul Tingen (Sound on Sound magazine) writes ….. Under the guidance of engineer and producer Maxime Le Guil, Vincent Delerm forsook grand orchestration for the humble piano — bowed, plucked and hammered… We had three principal constraints when making this record,” explains engineer, mixer, and co-producer Maxime Le Guil. “The first was that it was […]

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Research is the key to making yourself a better musician

Pianist Ivan Ilić embarks on a journey of discovery for his new album of Feldman, Scriabin and Cage Until a few years ago, I had no interest in reading composers’ biographies or anecdotes from their lives. I concentrated exclusively on the music. But then I had a couple of experiences that led to a change […]

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From the archives: Chuck Israels – Tribute to Bill Evans

Robin Arens writes: Isn’t it nice to meet someone who takes time for a good chat in these hectic times? Especially if this person has a lot to tell, carries the living memory of an important part of jazz history, and is called Chuck Israels? Bassist/arranger/composer Chuck Israels is in expansive form for this interview […]

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Brian Blade – Fellowship – More Than Just a Word

John Kelman writes: In the 21st century, few drummers have managed Brian Blade’s kind of crossover success. Beyond playing in saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s quartet for nearly 15 years, beyond being a first-call drummer for producer/singer/songwriter Daniel Lanois—whether it’s for his own projects like Black Dub or working with everyone from Bob Dylan to EmmyLou Harris—and […]

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Joe Lovano: a Far Out Fugue

Originally posted April 2011 Robert Baird writes ….. Whistling ductwork, whirring fans, murmuring pipes—along with being jazz’s most storied location, a living shrine to the memories of Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and so many others, Manhattan’s Village Vanguard, on Seventh Avenue South, was, on this winter’s night, the Das Boot of jazz. In every corner, […]

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David Lyttle: Facing All The Music

Ian Patterson (all about jazz) writes ….. In times when independent musicians have to function as one-person business enterprises most musicians show more than one face. David Lyttle, drummer par excellence from Waringstown, Northern Ireland, wears more faces than most. Musician, songwriter, record label owner, producer, interviewer and talent scout—Lyttle has built a solid reputation […]

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Donnie Fritts interviewed by Eric Gebhardt

  There is a unique blend of southern R&B, soul, and blues that is known the world over… Closely related to the sounds of Stax Records and folks like Rufus Thomas, but with a slightly different blend of spices and it’s own distinct flavor… Studios, sessionmen and songwriters from the northwest corner of Alabama put […]

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Albert “Tootie” Heath: Class Personified

allaboutjazz write: Albert “Tootie” Heath is among the drummers who lived—and thrived—during what many call the golden age of jazz, the ’40s, ’50, early ’60s. He’s enjoyed the fruits of a varied and historic career, but never stayed put. Just kept working. He admires the musicians of today and the direction of jazz. The Philadelphia native […]

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Justin Faulkner – Serving the Music

Paul Naser writes: The rare balance of passionate ambition and mature dedication that are the hallmark of young professionals puts them in a category all their own. More often than not they began honing their skills at an early age and it seems as if life conspired to help them succeed. Justin Faulkner, the young […]

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Steven Wilson: Intuitive Indulgences and Pop Proclivities

All•About•Jazz write ….. The trajectory of Steven Wilson’s career, since stepping away from his longtime band Porcupine Tree to go solo, has been nothing short of remarkable. Since interviewing him in 2012 for the release of Get All You Deserve (Kscope, 2012)—an audio and video document of his world tour in support of Grace for […]

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Ask Mr.H: Why is “We Built This City” considered such a horrible song from a music perspective?

  Mr. H says: LOATH that song and to such an extent that I cannot offer an objective answer. But some others can, and so: Rocci Disopa, former Recording Engineer answered May 16Because the old Airplane were seminal figures in the ‘hippy’ counter culture movement of the Sixties. They were considered radicals, purveyors of a […]

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