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Joe Gransden's Big Band At Cafe 290

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Joe Gransden's Big Band Cafe 290Atlanta, GA December 3, 2018 At a private evening in Atlanta, Kenny Banks played a 1912 Steinway B piano and Joe Gransden played his grandfather's trumpet and a fluegelhorn he has owned since childhood. In between Christmas tunes there was an interesting and enlightening question and answer discussion. Both musicians are highly educated, they play continuously and both have played the White House. Gransden was there just the previous week. ...

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Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra: Rats Live on No Evil Star

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It's a pretty sure bet that appraising any album whose title is also a palindrome isn't going to be a stroll in the park, even more so when the orchestra in question is the Jazz Composers Alliance (rule of thumb: the longer the name, the more abstruse the music) and the instrumentation includes voice, marimba, EWI, sopranino sax and five-string violin. Such is the nature of Rats Live on No Evil Star (try reading it backward), the most recent recording ...

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U2 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin

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U2 Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin November 13, 2018 There is a popular adage about the value of perseverance that says it doesn't matter how many time you get knocked down but what matters is how many times you will get back. That certainly applies to the malady that hit U2 during their concert in Berlin during the second concert (01.09.2018) at the start of the last leg of their world tour Experience and Innocence in the ...

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Dmitry Baevsky / Jeb Patton: We Two

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Alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky and pianist Jeb Patton constitute a crackerjack, precision jazz instrument, stretching and bending the fundamentals of bebop into full-blown statements that render the absence of a bassist and drummer superfluous. The individual heroics that one expects of bop are in evidence, but it's the ways in which the duo maneuvers as a unit that really matters. Baevsky and Patton are middle-aged jazzmen with a wealth of experience working in bands, together and separately, all over the ...

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David Johansen at The Space at Westbury

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David Johansen with special guests Frankenstein 3000 The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY November 29, 2018 David Johansen made his musical bones in the early 1970s as the lead singer and songwriter in the seminal proto-punk band the New York Dolls. Johansen and guitarist Johnny Thunders wrote the majority of the band's original material. Unfortunately, the Dolls were critical darlings but not a true commercial success. During the band's short first act, ...

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Joel Harrison: Angel Band: Free Country Vol. 3

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Possessed of restless creativity and a desire not to repeat himself, guitarist/vocalist Joel Harrison took a 14-year hiatus between albums in his Free Country series to release over a dozen other efforts before returning with Angel Band: Free Country Volume 3. Building on the foundation set by the first two albums, he recruits a few returning musicians as well as a menagerie of new talent, including a handful of vocalists. Harrison takes an amalgamation of folk, country, bluegrass ...

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Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet: The Complete Lansdowne Recordings 1965-1969 (Vinyl box set)

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Make no mistake, this vinyl box set reissue of the entire EMI Columbia oeuvre of the Rendell Carr Quintet is the British jazz equivalent of resurrecting the Dead Sea Scrolls(*). Although not the first time these ultra rare albums have been reissued (BGO Records obliged fans with these on CD, mostly as two-fers, in 2004) this is however a first for vinyl--legitimately that is. It took Gerald Short, owner of Jazzman Records a mere twenty years to persuade Universal Music ...

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Marshall Gilkes, Marilyn Maye and more

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The legendary singer Marilyn Maye kicks off this week's Neon Jazz in pure style with a classic song and a clip from her live 90th Birthday performance in Kansas City on Veteran's Day 2018. We catch up with new work by the great John Petrucelli off his 2018 CD Presence and move on into the great Marshall Gilkes and the WDR Big Band. Then, we look into the world of two cats that had a huge impact on Marshall and ...

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Ed Pettersen - Martin Küchen - Roger Turner: The End of the Universe

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It may be a matter of semantics, but does the album title imply the physical end to the universe where all matter is extinguished, or is the trio at the edge of the universe and framing their collective improvisational skills on that notion? Either way, the music iterated here musters a cosmic reference point for these experimental gurus, performing together for the first time. Saxophonist Martin Küchen (Sweden), guitarist Ed Pettersen (USA) and drummer/percussionist Roger Turner (UK) possess ...

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The Multifaceted Mike Seal

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He's an extraordinarily talented guitarist whose musical interests range from jazz and bluegrass to classical music. Mike Seal has been active on the Southern music scene for over a decade and is based in Nashville, Tennessee. His grandfather was a gifted self taught gospel guitarist in rural Virginia, and his older brother, Rob Seal, is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar/mandolin/violin/banjo) who is active on the bluegrass music scene. Mike is married to a professional musician who is also a very accomplished lap ...