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What I Learned From Elvis Presley: An Appreciation

What I Learned From Elvis Presley: An Appreciation

As a kid in the ’60s, Elvis Presley’s hit-making era was dim and distant. Blame the Beatles. Blame Oswald. Blame television. But it was true.

Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far From Over (2017)

Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far From Over (2017)

By not limiting himself within a narrow concept and exploiting a multiple of possibilities presented by the larger sextet, Vijay Iyer’s variety of tactics benefit ‘Far From Over,’ making this an insightful window into his wide-ranging capabilities.

The Beatles, “For No One” from Revolver (1966): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “For No One” from Revolver (1966): Deep Beatles

“Why Did It Die?” The Beatles did not write and record a song with that title — right? In truth, they did.

Glen Campbell (1936-2017): An Appreciation

Glen Campbell (1936-2017): An Appreciation

I didn’t get decked, and I did ask Glen Campbell to sign my album.

Yes, Aug. 7, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Yes, Aug. 7, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Was the performance at the YEStival in Baltimore epic? The answer is Yes!

Sam Boshnack Quintet – Nellie Bly Project (2017)

Sam Boshnack Quintet – Nellie Bly Project (2017)

Just as Nellie Bly was able to show what a woman is capable of when gender barriers are confronted or outright ignored, Sam Boshnack is an example of a growing number of women leading a resurgence of creativity in jazz.

Walt Weiskopf – Fountain Of Youth (2017)

Walt Weiskopf – Fountain Of Youth (2017)

‘Fountain Of Youth’ has the energy and enthusiasm of someone striving to make his mark, but with the discernment of the accomplished veteran that Weiskopf is.

Gareth Lockrane – Fistfight at the Barndance (2017)

Gareth Lockrane – Fistfight at the Barndance (2017)

There’s a sense of more development and intrigue to come as Gareth Lockrane’s ‘Fistfight at the Barndance’ mixes musical atmospheres and essences.

Crown Larks – Population (2017)

Crown Larks – Population (2017)

Often compared to psychedelic post-rock outfits like Broadcast and Oneida, Chicago’s own Crown Larks can be thought of as jazz’s answer to Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, or indie rock’s answer to Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, depending on

Paul McCartney, July 25, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Paul McCartney, July 25, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

This Paul McCartney concert was a trip through time, and a reminder of the Beatles’ lasting influence on today’s music.

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