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Good Romans – Open The Door, Never Look Back Album Review (Finnish Explosions)

When most people think of jazz, they either stop at Duke Ellington’s sophisticated big bands, or possibly make it as far as the edgy, revolutionary architecture of bebop, if they’re hip. This extremely limited viewpoint overlooks the fact that, in its essence, jazz is essentially improvised instrumental music. On Open The Door, Don’t Look Back,...Read...
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Forgotten Gems & Dusty Classics: Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt, John Fahey, Cladys “Jabbo” Smith, Lester Young

This newest list of musicians includes the Blues musician who probably did more than any other one person to jump-start my interest in older music: Big Bill Broonzy. The fun of listening to somebody who recorded seventy years ago is that you can start to piece together who they influenced and who they worked with,...
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Symbiosis Gathering 2013 Live Show Review: The Coup, Mount Kimbie, Lynx & More

With an emphasis on the magic of transformation, Symbiosis Gathering 2013 provided an enchanted space of bio-psycho-spiritual healing, environmental and sociocultural conscious learning, and a unique source of musical inspiration. Among the many loved and soon-to-be loved artists was the powerful voice of Lynx, the free-flowing explorations of Mount Kimbie, and the ever-passionate words of...
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Dawn of Midi – Dysnomia Album Review (w/ Track-By-Track of Astronomical & Mythological Implications)

When the American trio Dawn of Midi released their accomplished 2010 debut album, First, the world had gained another practitioner of minimalist free jazz. Two years in the making, and at a reported cost of thirty thousand dollars, Dysnomia is the follow-up to that promising debut, and builds masterfully on First, delivering an exciting blend...
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Pickathon Festival 2013 Live Show Review (w/ Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, The Relatives, JD McPherson, Dale Watson)

A review of the Pickathon Music Festival, located on Pendarvis Farm just a short bike ride away from Portland, Oregon, is a tough thing to approach. An honest review will be one of the most favorable things you will read, because Pickathon is one of the most well-put together, intentional, everything-that-is-right-with-America musical festivals there is....Read...
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Cathedral Park Jazz Festival – The Blue Cranes, Battle Hymns & Gardens, Free Jazz Improv Live Show Review

I must confess, with some embarrassment, that this year was the first time attending the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, and this has been much to my regret. The festival is held in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland underneath the St. Johns Bridge and is the longest-running free jazz festival on the West Coast. “Free”...Read...
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Gunnelpumpers – Montana Fix Album Review

The incantatory nature of improvised music will not appeal to everybody. It's for a specialized sect, those that like to be surprised. It's the spirit of adventure that sends you off on random and unknown holidays, waiting to see what lies beyond the next corner. Like any other unplanned holiday, Gunnelpumpers' Montana Fix has its...
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