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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Plus Bell Witch, Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas, Metz, Mr. Sipp and Gracie Terzian

Soundtrack to Jon Brewer’s documentary—which is now at the top of my Amazon Prime Instant Video watchlist—is a fine hour-plus overview of the late bluesman’s career. One of the great guitarists, sure, but check out that scorching vocal on “Take My Hand, Precious Lord"...
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Friday, April 24th, 2015

Plus Royal Thunder, Bruce's Jazz Picks

Some jazz musicians are anguished loners, others are gregarious entertainers. Trombonist Bradshaw is obviously one of the latter. His latest, a 14-track live recording, has a value-packed “wait-there’s-more” quality, with guest artists, massed choirs, and loads of introductions as the parade comes and goes on and off stage...
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Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Plus - Bruce Tries on Some Black Metal, Nikki Ignores Jazz

Melody and trance-like rhythms are at the heart of this metal band’s latest. The Atlas Moth combine a lot of the best parts of the post-rock ambient style, but include layered, distorted vocals that get them lumped into the “progressive metal” subgenre...