ART HOYLE: Interview

In his own words…Art Hoyle: “Art Hoyle received his first trumpet on his eighth birthday in rural Oklahoma. He began playing in clubs and ballrooms at the age of fifteen in Gary, Indiana. After a four-year stint in bands in the U.S. Air Force, Hoyle joined the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1956. From 1957 to […]

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STEVE REICH: ‘Rock was pretty much off my radar – then along came Radiohead’

The composer credited with creating Minimalism tells Phil Johnson about discovering his own kind of music. “I grew up in the Forties with the hit parade, broadway shows and even Rhapsody in Blue. I took piano lessons like most middle-class kids but I never played or heard anything before Haydn or after Wagner. It wasn’t […]

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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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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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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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ALISON KRAUSS: Interview

Martin Chilton, The Daily Telegraph’s Digital Culture Editor writes ….. Alison Krauss has won more Grammy awards than any woman in history (26) and is third in the all-time winner’s list. Her voice is ridiculously good but the one thing she doesn’t worry about is songwriting. In an interview before the release of her excellent […]

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Watch George Martin cruise through L.A. to talk ‘God Only Knows’ with Brian Wilson

The Los Angeles Times: There sits the late George Martin, behind the wheel of a vintage Cadillac convertible, cruising through Los Angeles and talking about the city’s import as a studio town. In the clip, taken from the 1997 BBC documentary “The Rhythm of Life,” Martin’s got a destination in mind as he rolls down […]

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CARMEN LUNDY: In conversation

Singer Carmen Lundy has returned to the scene with an album that can easily be categorized as one of her best yet. With music that is both consistent and a pleasure to listen to, this nine-track collection is entitled ‘Changes’ and features eight original compositions. It is a CD that will charm you, encourage you […]

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BILL DIXON: An In-depth Look into the Accomplishments, Philosophies, and Convictions of the Man

This interview was originally published at One Final Note in October 2002. When one reflects on the innovators who were fundamental in propelling the second wave of the new music movement in the 1960s, Bill Dixon’s name always appears near the top of the list. His accomplishments as a musician and educator are vast, a […]

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JACK WHITE: Talking about the Mississippi blues artists: ‘They changed the world’

\Jack White learned his craft listening to the blues legends of the 20s and 30s on albums released by a tiny Scottish label. And now he’s rereleasing Document Records’ archive on vinyl. t was shortly before Christmas when Gary Atkinkson met Jack White just after the latter came off stage at the Winter Gardens in […]

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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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Ray Davies: Words were my weapons

Vengeance is not a theme we usually associate with The Kinks songs of Ray Davies. Melancholy, romance and nostalgia flow through the best of his work, like the Thames rolling beneath lovers meeting on the bridge in Waterloo Sunset. And yet, when Ray Davies needed to hit back in anger, songs were wielded as weapons. […]

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JEFF LORBER: In conversation

Fresh off last year’s Grammy nomination for his Jeff Lorber Fusion project ‘Now Is The Time’, Lorber has wasted no time in taking the concept back to the studio.  The follow up, ‘Galaxy’, was released on January 31st and, with eleven choice cuts, finds this consummate keyboard player, composer and producer exploring new and refreshing […]

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PETE TOWNSHEND: Interview Part #1 of 2

Oldawg: Nearly 30 years after its release I find It’s Hard to be very representative (unfortunately) of what is happening in the world today. In particular John’s Dangerous, Eminence Front and Cooks County. How do you feel about It’s Hard today? P.T.: It’s Hard is the only record the Who made where the individual members […]

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BARB JUNGR: ‘I’m an obsessive kind of person’ – interview by Robert Chalmers

How singer-songwriter coped with the death of her ex-husband and two sisters in the space of two years to became ‘our greatest living interpreter of Bob Dylan’ Barb Jungr’s home town does not enjoy the most enviable of reputations. When it features in the national news, Stockport is almost invariably the subject of ridicule or […]

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