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Music Reviews: Vinyl

March 31st, 2023

More Monkey Business From Gorillaz

Cartoon Pop Heroes Kick Off New Phase

By: JoE Silva

After a failed Netflix deal to put Gorillaz cartoon band members into a full length film, Damon Albarn and illustrator Jamie Hewlett regroup under a slick pop banner to deliver album number eight with the help of mega-producer Greg Kurstin.

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March 31st, 2023

The Zombies Play a "Different Game"

The British Invasion Stalwarts Enjoy an Energetic Creative Burst

By: Evan Toth

Upon reaching a certain age, it’s inevitable to ponder the impending end of the run, to embrace - as Warren Zevon once wryly observed - the importance of enjoying every sandwich. Unfortunately, these thoughts aren’t reserved only for card-carrying members of the octogenarian or nonagenarian membership club. The reality is that this experience of life is something that humans of all ages should appreciate, explore and enjoy. After all, one never knows how long a life... Read More

genre Rock Britpop format Vinyl

March 16th, 2023

Hill's "Dance With Death" Is A Lively Set!

why this 1968 recording, a new "Tone Poet" series release, sat on the shelf until 1980 is a mystery

By: Michael Fremer

No one knows why this Andrew Hill album recorded October 11th 1968 wasn’t released until 1980 as part of a Michael Cuscuna produced series. “Tone Poet” Joe Harley doesn’t know, nor, he told me, does Cuscuna. Harley posits a few possible reasons, none of which have anything to do with the music here, which in 1968 clearly was release-worthy. The vinyl revival/resurgence whatever you wish to call it has been a boon to artists like the late composer/performer/academic... Read More

genre Jazz format Vinyl

March 14th, 2023

A Sonically Spectacular Percussion Record Worth Repeated Plays

compositions by Lou Harrison and Steve Reich plus a world premier co-commissioned by the Ensemble

By: Michael Fremer

Recorded during the same 2011 and 2012 Zipper Hall, Los Angeles sessions that produced the remarkable percussion record “Smoke & Mirrors” (Yarlung 17255-195V), “Earth & Wood” is another sonic spectacular recorded directly to tape using a single AKG C24 stereo microphone (with Elliot Midwood mic amplification). The one-mike recording technique required “just so” placement of both it and the seven member Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble that performed the... Read More

March 10th, 2023

A Box Set That Delivers Well Beyond the Expected Enhanced Version of the Classic Collaboration

A video review of a brilliantly curated and executed compilation

By: Michael Fremer

Rather than writing the usual written review of this extensive, well-produced and brilliantly curated set, I chose a video review to better show the box and associated records. The set includes a double LP containing the Painted From Memory collaboration spread to 3 sides. Side 4 contains selected songs from the never fully realized Bacharach/Costello musical Taken From Life performed by various artists including Cassandra Wilson and Bill Frisell, Audra Mae and of... Read More

genre Pop Pop Rock format Vinyl

March 10th, 2023

Van Morrison’s Backward Tumble Is Fully Underway

From the archives: You're best waiting for Van to get energized again

By: Tracking Angle

In commemoration of Van Morrison's new album Moving On Skiffle, we revisit a past era of Van mediocrity via our archive review of 1996's How Long Has This Been Going On?

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genre Jazz Big Band format Vinyl

March 5th, 2023

Nathan Davis Live Recordings Re-pressed by Sam Records

The 3LP 'Live In Paris' is still available and highly desirable

By: Michael Fremer

This recently re-pressed set of Nathan Davis live in Paris recordings should help create a new following for this somewhat overlooked American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator who turned down a Blue Note contract and an offer to join Art Blakey's group, remaining in Paris during the turbulent 1960s.

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genre Jazz Modal Jazz Post-Bop format Vinyl