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GOING BACK IN TIME

Count Basie

Out of the four legendary artists featured in this current installment of “Filled With Sound,” only fusion pioneer drummer Alphonse Mouzon is still alive. Yet Count Basie, Hank Jones and Stevie Ray Vaughan will always live, in my household and in the households of millions, by what they put down in studios and on stages.

Hot New Disks: Jazz, Blues, Rock and the Great American Songbook

Jeff Coffin

Alice Cooper might be fitting fodder for a film, but that’s not the only pleasure I’ve encountered this week. Markus James finds the missing link between Africa and Mississippi. Annie Lennox can croon a tune for real as she interprets some American delectables. And wonderfully eccentric Jeff Coffin (pictured) continues to amaze with his eclecticism.

Silent Nights with the Rowan Amber Mill

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It’s often easy to overlook holiday music.  After all, we only listen to it for a few weeks a year (which is weird… a little like only listening to love songs when we’re in love; to the Beach Boys when …

Spin Cycle’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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Whether you’re shopping for friends and family or picking out a well-deserved treat for yourself, here’s our take on the must-have releases for 2014 holiday gift-giving. NEW RELEASES various artists – Songs from the Black Meadow (blackmeadowtales) — Companion piece …

Indescribable and Uncategorizable, 5 CDs To Salivate Over

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You can’t exactly call Lisa Mills a blues singer. You can’t exactly call Kaye Bohler a soul singer. The same goes for the other three artists encapsulated herein. For instance, what happens when you put a Polish jazz trio with a Swedish saxman? All will be answered in due time.

Emily Jones opens the Autumn Eye

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There’s this landscape. It’s always been there.  A few miles out of eye-shot, a few beats out of hearing, one feeling in the back of your neck and another in the pit of your stomach, a place where you go …

Jerry McGill was a wild man of Memphis music.

By Bruce Sylvester “Johnny Cash ain’t never been to prison in his life. He ain’t no criminal. Neither was Waylon [Jennings]. And they called them outlaws! I’m an outlaw!” Jerry McGill explodes in documentary director Paul Duane and producer Robert …

James Williamson – the Stooges Relicked

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Like the album that the Velvets almost made before Loaded, or the set that Hendrix was  working on at the time of his death, the fourth Stooges album is one of those legends that we never hear the end of. …