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One Step Beyond, Part 2: Sammy Stein on the development of free jazz

This is part two of Sammy Stein’s comprehensive look into the genesis of the rangy improvisational genre of music that eventually became known as free jazz. [Click here for Part 1.]

Matthew Shipp – Piano Sutras (2013)

In Hinduism, we are told that sutras are a collection of aphorisms providing guidance on how to conduct our lives.

The Band, “Rag Mama Rag” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Rag Mama Rag” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

A cross between a Memphis blues and a Storyville saloon romp, “Rag Mama Rag” showed the Band’s complete grasp of American song styles.

Streams: Los Lobos, “The Neighborhood” from Disconnected in New York (2013)

Los Lobos challenged themselves like never before on 1990’s The Neighborhood, as heard on this smart take on the title track from the band’s forthcoming live set Disconnected in New York.

Marco Minnemann on ‘Levin Minnemann Rudess,’ Mike Keneally, Joe Satriani and Steven Wilson: Something Else! Interview

Marco Minnemann on ‘Levin Minnemann Rudess,’ Mike Keneally, Joe Satriani and Steven Wilson: Something Else! Interview

The newly issued Levin Minnemann Rudess offers an opportunity not just to enjoy the towering musical gifts of Tony Levin and Jordan Rudess, but also to dig deeper into the oft-overlooked versatility of Marco Minnemann.

Kneebody – The Line (2013)

A fusion band started by teenagers who each went on to make their own mark in jazz and other music forms is bound to forge their own identity by the time they reach their thirties.

Gov’t Mule – Shout! (2013)

Gov’t Mule – Shout! (2013)

This would have been the most variedly accessible, hit-worthy album of Gov’t Mule’s career — even if they hadn’t invited along a raft of famous folks to join them for a second-disc sing-along.

Books: If You Like The Ramones …, by Peter Aaron (2013)

Books: If You Like The Ramones …, by Peter Aaron (2013)

Even the average rock fan is aware of the Ramones, which really says something since they never had any hit singles — or received much radio acceptance at all for that matter.

Peter Gabriel – Live in Athens 1987 (2013)

Peter Gabriel – Live in Athens 1987 (2013)

A long-awaited artifact, Live in Athens 1987 corrects the period-piece wrongs of Peter Gabriel’s original film from the So tour — eliminating the edited-in backstage footage that slowed 1990’s P.O.V.

One Track Mind: John Oates, “Pushing a Rock Uphill” from A Good Road to Follow (2013)

One Track Mind: John Oates, “Pushing a Rock Uphill” from A Good Road to Follow (2013)

Old-line Hall and Oates fans who may been less interested in John Oates’ more overtly country-inflected side trips of late, take heart: “Pushing a Rock Uphill” finds him returning to a tangy R&B vibe.