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It’s a little difficult to really get my head around the latest disc from Daryl Pratt - "Pratt’s Alchemy." To call it a jazz album would be to stretch the definition of the…
Even at the age of 21, Lucia Micarelli has been playing violin for almost 18 years, and her means of expressing herself on the instrument is as integrated with her personal…
In the liners, King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp states: "The aim of The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson is to replace the Frame by Frame 4-CD compilation (1991), taki…
The term "third stream" was invented by composer Gunther Schuller in 1957 to describe the (then new) jazz subgenre that consists of the mixing of jazz and classical music. …
We all enjoy hearing a band with vision and pizzazz, especially during this sometimes, saturated post-bop laden jazz era. Hence, this sextet combines a striking persona ami…
The Paramount Pictures movie Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow is distinguished by the fact that it was the first motion picture produced entirely by actors spec…
Claire Ritter is a new name to me; though I've found that Ran Blake and Franz Koglmann have recorded her compositions, and she's recorded on her own, assisted by such inter…
Keyboardist Jon Balke derives influences from a wide-ranging element of musical stylizations, spanning the globe. On his third ECM Records release with the Magnetic North O…
How dare they? How dare the Chicago Jazz Orchestra record one of the unchallenged masterpieces of jazz: the Gil Evans/Miles Davis version of George Gershwin’s equally cl…
To the general public, Barry Manilow is known as a vocalist and songwriter who established his reputation with hit after hit in the 1970’s, surely setting him up for a long…