BLUE OYSTER CULT: Forbidden Delights

This Blue Oyster Cult live radio broadcast, from Sherman Oaks’ 1,000-capacity Reseda Country Club, was sponsored by Los Angeles’ top hard rock FM station, KMET – aka ‘The Mighty Met’. Although BOC had recently completed an extensive 60-plus date nationwide tour, this one-off gig was without a support, and all tickets were given away free […]

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Albert “Tootie” Heath: Class Personified

allaboutjazz 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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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 […]

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Musicians As Audiophiles: Dan Weiss

Drummer/composer Dan Weiss has wide-ranging musical tastes, superb skills, and a rocking little Rega-based system in his cozy Brooklyn, New York apartment. Dan has drummed with many jazz greats, but it’s his own projects that have generated the greatest interest. He’s a thinking musician’s musician, one who astutely assesses the pros and cons of every […]

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COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH: Live at the Monterey Pop Festival ’67

“Not so Sweet Martha Lorraine” is an organ-drenched classic that is about a reclusive woman who is unpredictable and is obsessed with death. Their full-length debut is their most joyous and cohesive statement and one of the most important and enduring documents of the psychedelic era, the band’s swirl of distorted guitar and organ at […]

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STING: Interview

Sting’s memories of his school days aren’t exactly fond. The son of a hairdresser and engineer fitter’s mate, he passed his 11-plus and was promptly set on the path to greater things. But first he had priests to deal with. “I got a scholarship to a grammar school,” recalls the rock singer, songwriter, actor and, […]

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ELIZA CARTHY: The Wayward Band: New release – Big Machine (Deluxe 2CD)

    Eclectic debut album by folk powerhouse featuring multi-award winning members of Bellowhead, Furrow Collective, Leveret, Faustus and many more, fronted by celebrated folk doyenne, Eliza Carthy Pioneering English traditional folk powerhouse, Eliza Carthy, first assembled the Wayward Band in 2013 in order to explore and celebrate her long and varied career in folk […]

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The Allman Brothers – Dreams (4CD Box Set)

This 4 cd celebration offers an incredibly comprehensive look at the Allman Brothers, adding early demos, rare live recordings, alternate takes, outtakes, remixes, and solo efforts to the already powerful “official” catalog. Their progression from ’60s Invasion-style rockers to blues cover band with a taste for B.B. King to dynamic rock & roll juggernaut is […]

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RY COODER: Vigilante Man (6CD Box)

They tell us ….. Limited edition 6CD Box Set featuring influences and six FM broadcasts from 1972, 1974, 1989 and 1995. Whether serving as a session musician, solo artist, or soundtrack composer, Ry Cooder’s chameleon-like fretted instrument virtuosity, songwriting, and choices of material encompass an incredibly eclectic range of North American musical styles, including rock […]

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LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III: A biography in song

Steve Guttenberg writes:  Even when Loudon Wainwright III (left in photo with Ramblin’ Jack Elliot) was a young man he was writing autobiographical songs, and his old themes of family, sex, and death resonate more deeply on his new record, Older Than My Old Man Now. He usually performs solo, armed with just an acoustic […]

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FAMILY: Dim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrUlKrYmKr8 “This has to one of the cleverest musical arrangements ever. And what a voice. A classic song that deserves a wider audience. Jim King was so great in those early Family gigs. His sax rocked and swung, especially on The Weaver’s Answer, and A Song for Me. Unforgettable. Wonderful Classic slinky early FamilyYou can […]

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MICAH GAUGH: Ahead of New Album, this NYC Avant-Pop Artist Presents Jazz-Infused Single ‘Remembering’

We are told: NYC-based avant-pop artist Micah Gaugh has announced that he will be releasing a new album ‘Stars Are a Harem’ on May 12. Ahead of that, he presents the first single from this album. ‘Remembering’ is a minimalistic, tranquil and spacious ballad resting on an underlying bed of jazz. ‘Stars are a Harem’ is a modern […]

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Early Blues Interview John Anderson, singer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist

I had the pleasure of talking with John Anderson, latterly joined by Alan Draisey, over a jar during their virtuoso performance as The Ragtime Jug Orchestra at the Upton Blues Festival. Alan:   Thank for agreeing to do the interview John.  What are your first musical memories growing up in deepest Gloucestershire? John:   I’m a Londoner […]

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Jamie Cullum Prom

    Multimillion-selling jazz supremo and master of all musical trades Jamie Cullum returns to the BBC Proms following his sell-out appearance in 2010. This time Jamie is joined by the talented conductor, composer and arranger Jules Buckley and the renegade musicians who make up The Heritage Orchestra. London’s Roundhouse Choir, the Remi Harris Trio […]

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JARVIS COCKER: the iceman cometh In his music, he’s has always been a social commentator. Now he’s become an agitator.

“Not that I’m a massive expert, but when I heard that they wanted to dig up the Arctic, I thought: hold on a minute – that’s not good”: Jarvis Cocker, softly spoken ambassador for the environment. Photograph: Gary Salter for the Observer.   Jarvis Cocker sits with unblinking patience as syringes of salt and sugar […]

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RICK WAKEMAN: Access All Areas (CD+DVD)

Keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman has enjoyed at least three careers – early-Seventies sessionman for Bowie, etc, the Caped Crusader of progressive giants Yes and solo star responsible for such epic albums as ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’, ‘Journey To The Centre Of The Earth’ and ‘The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The […]

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