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Jazz activists aim to get Coltrane's house in order

Music enthusiasts in the City of Brotherly Love are looking to rekindle a love supreme for the deteriorating John Coltrane House, a preservation effort that mirrors a broader mission to reclaim and promote Philadelphia's rich jazz heritage.
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Southern rock's passion and romance is marred by racism and bigotry

Southern rock's passion and romance is marred by racism and bigotry | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

It embraced black soul music – but couldn't divorce itself from the prejudices of the south...Carter, of course, was a liberal and 180 degrees from the segregationist politics of Wallace. So indeed were most of the bands that recorded for Capricorn until the label went bust in the late 70s. Yet the supposed "romance" of the south touted by those outfits is hard to separate from the legacy of slavery and racism

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Jim Marshall, creator of the Marshall amp, dies aged 88

Jim Marshall, creator of the Marshall amp, dies aged 88 | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Known as 'the Father of Loud', Jim Marshall changed rock'n'roll with his brand of affordable guitar amplifiers... Marshall was a drummer and drum teacher who used his earnings to set up a music shop in west London in 1960. Among his customers were the likes of Ritchie Blackmore and Pete Townshend, and it was through talking to them that Marshall realised there was a gap in the market for a guitar amplifier cheaper than the American-made models popular at the time. When, at Townshend's request, a Marshall 1959 amplifier head was teamed with a cabinet, the "Marshall stack" was born, becoming the defining feature in rock bands' backlines for generations to come.

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Protest songs: Marching to the beat of dissent

Protest songs: Marching to the beat of dissent | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
The Falklands War inspired a wealth of protest songs. But in today’s multi-media world, they’re becoming an outdated art form, says Hardeep Phull
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Screaming Females: Ugly

Screaming Females: Ugly | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
The release finds the New Jersey trio, which also features Jarrett Dougherty on drums and King Mike on bass, exploring not only space-filling arrangements that are impressive for the lean band, but also hard-hitting and catchy tracks.
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Album of the Week #19 - Foggy Mountain Banjo

Album of the Week #19 - Foggy Mountain Banjo | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
On Sunday, my father (Joe Mullins) and I sat and listened to every minute of a funeral for a man I had only been around once. Why would the passing of someone who I didn’t even know personally cause my eyes to swell up with tears?

 

For one, there is enough evidence to suggest that there would not be bluegrass music without Earl Scruggs. The middle finger on his right hand transformed the banjo from what was often little more than a stage prop, to a powerful tool for solo and accompaniment playing with seemingly endless possibilities. Earl’s unique style of playing the banjo was the missing piece to Monroe’s puzzle, and solidified what we now know as bluegrass.

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The Origins & Epicenters of Underground “Muddy” Roots « Saving Country Music

The Origins & Epicenters of Underground “Muddy” Roots « Saving Country Music | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

This illustrates the dramatic sonic and geographical diversity that goes into creating what we know now as the underground country roots, or “Muddy Roots” world. Below is a list of the disparate origins of Muddy Roots music that came together from a mutual understanding and appreciation of the roots of American music, and the epicenters where this music originated from and/or is thriving today.

 

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Contradictions of contemporary culture

Contradictions of contemporary culture | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
On the left side of this Paris kiosk, a poster for Nixon in China at the Châtelet; on the right, a poster for Battleship, a Hollywood film based on a game I enjoyed when I was ten.
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The Shakuhachi Jazz Of Minoru Muraoka : NPR

The Shakuhachi Jazz Of Minoru Muraoka : NPR | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Hear five haunting songs from the late '60s to early '70s. We file them under jazz only by default. . . . One of the records was Minoru Muraoka's Bamboo. I'd not come across Muraoka's name in any of my searches, so I listened patiently to the koto (a stringed instrument similar to a zither) introduction to "The Positive and the Negative." A rolling bass line set the stage for funky-enough drums that soon gave way to Muraoka's shakuhachi, or bamboo flute. A cascading koto sat in for chicken-scratched guitar. "What in the hell do you call this?" I asked. "Shakuhachi Jazz," Ogawa replied, with an "Isn't it obvious?" air. He then sheepishly admitted that the album wasn't for sale, as Muraoka's discography was extensive and his records were rare.

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Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog: Marc Rossi Group, Mantra Revealed

Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog: Marc Rossi Group, Mantra Revealed | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Marc Rossi has a take on Indian-influenced fusion that is thoroughgoingly sophisticated, eminently musical and well put-together. His Marc Rossi Group recording Mantra Revealed (Innova 816) gives us much to experience, admire, and enjoy. It's a core group of Marc on keys, Lance Van Lenten on tenor and soprano, Bill Urmson on electric bass, and Mauricio Zottarelli on drums and percussion. They are joined in important cameo roles by vocalist Geetha Ramanathan Bennett, and the guitars of Prasanna and Bruce Arnold.

 

This is the sort of fusion that derives its principal thrust from the compositional-arranging prowess of Mr. Rossi. The finely enthusiastic performances in general and the appropriate idiomatic solos from tenor, piano, vocals and guitars give the music depth and drive.

 

"Jazz Impression of a Kriti" starts off the program with great strength, taking an Indian Kriti (Carnatic compositional element) and transforming it into a well turned fused onslaught in ten with some remarkable guitar work by Prasanna, who plays a nuanced solo that is both informed by traditional Indian phrasing and blazes beyond it into a realm where it mixes with rock and jazz in a post-McLaughlin fashion. The two following pieces pit the limber vocals of Ms. Bennett with some sterling fused-ensemble writing.

 

The album continues on with an interesting cornucopia of ornate fusion compositions that bring in at times various well-conceived indo-fused elements, as well as Afro-jazz and a hint of Brazilian jazz. The second half of the album generally excels in the architectural intricacy of the melody lines, rhythmically heightened solo work and heavily burnished ensemble work. Bruce Arnold and Bill Urmson stand out for their work on "New Beginnings." "Sahara" has a Tyner-Sanders feel to it, grooves nicely and highlights some rather scorching Van Lenten soprano.

 

"Voice of 1000 Colors" has a very attractive Afro-Reichian beginning then segues to fused bossa. "Vertical Fantasy on 'You Know You Know'" gives Rossi a chance to comment upon, embellish and give his improvisational impressions of the classic McLaughlin line.

 

"Feast or Famine" ends the program on a nicely turned modulatory fusion mode.

 

In the end there are spots of sheer brilliance in the Indo-fused introductory pieces and then some very well wrought mainstream fusion in the following pieces. Rossi is a composer-arranger of great promise and definite talent. The performers give their all (which is a goodly sum) and you go away feeling happy. What more can you ask? Indo-fusologists will love the first half of this program; general fusicologists will appreciate it all I suspect. I reveled in the first half; enjoyed the second.


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Pop at the pictures: The skiffle craze

Pop at the pictures: The skiffle craze | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Jon Savage: Skiffle might have been shortlived, but this clip of the Vipers in the 50s shows it had all the excitement of early rock'n'roll...
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CD/DOWNLOAD/ALBUM: Chris Smither's 'Hundred Dollar Valentine' Due in June

CD/DOWNLOAD/ALBUM: Chris Smither's 'Hundred Dollar Valentine' Due in June | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
First long-player by fingerpicker/singer/songwriter to feature all original songs features session support from Morphine, Groovasaurus, The Lemonheads players
BOSTON, MA: There are such things as the cosmic blues.
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Live: Dr. John Takes A Trip Through Louis Armstrong's Catalog At BAM - New York Music - Sound of the City

Live: Dr. John Takes A Trip Through Louis Armstrong's Catalog At BAM - New York Music - Sound of the City | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Better than: The time when nobody talked about Louis Armstrong being hip. (Which he was.)

As Louis Armstrong tributes go, this one—the first installment of "Insides Out," Dr. John's three-week residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music— sidestepped (thankfully) the sanctimony of most such affairs. There were some obvious markers. Five trumpeters—three of them born, bred, and now living in New Orleans—guested through the night with Dr. John's nine-piece band. Nineteen songs were culled from Armstrong's recorded oeuvre. At one point halfway through, Dr. John looked up and said a few words about Armstrong's legacy and our collective "duty to keep it alive, to pass it on down like he did."

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Joe McCarthy Tackles a New Foe (MP3's)

Joe McCarthy Tackles a New Foe (MP3's) | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
The response to Joe McCarthy's war on Communism, and its tactics, famously drew responses, comments and critiques  from many corners of the worlds of art, news and entertainment.
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Ceu: Caravana Sereia Bloom – review

Ceu: Caravana Sereia Bloom – review | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
The heavily promoted darling of the Brazilian music scene delivers a cheerful but slightly too commerical new album, writes Robin Denselow...
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The Jazz Session #361: Myra Melford

The Jazz Session #361: Myra Melford | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Pianist Myra Melford’s most recent recording is The Guest House (Yellowbird Records, 2012) with her collective band Trio M, featuring Matt Wilson and Mark Dresser.
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The Jam – Town Called Malice

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Paul Weller managed to make small-town dissatisfaction sound exhilarating on this late single from the JamWhere can you find a Town Called Malice on the map? It's actually located in Surrey, on the main railway line to the west country.
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Dreamlab: The Semantics of Post-Rock

Dreamlab: The Semantics of Post-Rock | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
I tend to think that the term “post rock" is pretentious, the same way whenever someone drops "post-whatever" outside the context of a term paper how it's almost always lazy and represents an unwillingness to look closer at shifting trend.
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mudcat.org: Mike Seeger Biography: Music from the True Vine

mudcat.org: Mike Seeger Biography: Music from the True Vine | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Music from the True Vine presents Seeger as a gatekeeper of American roots music and culture, showing why generations of musicians and fans of traditional music regard him as a mentor and an inspiration.
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A Historic Vacation | American Roots Music in Memphis

A Historic Vacation | American Roots Music in Memphis | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Over the April 1st weekend I journeyed to Memphis, TN with some friends and clients to visit some of our nation’s historic music landmarks. Many of you are familiar with my role as the drummer of Moonshine Mason and the Rot Gut Gang, my 1940′s vintage country music band. The tour of Sun Recording Studios was especially meaningful, as the site still houses the first ever rock-n-roll record (Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston) along with countless other relics including microphones used to record Elvis Presley. What a great time we had… if you’re in the area be sure and visit Gus’ World Famous Fried Chicken, you’ll be glad you did! Oh, did I mention we also visited Stax and Graceland?…

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Watch Dr. John and Dan Auerbach Play "Revolution" on Fallon

Watch Dr. John and Dan Auerbach Play "Revolution" on Fallon | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Dr. John stopped by Jimmy Fallon’s show to play a track from his latest album, the Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down. The two played the track “Revolution” from the album with the songwriter’s massive band.
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A Tribute To The Hag (MP3s)

A Tribute To The Hag (MP3s) | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

The amazing and multifaceted Merle Haggard will celebrate his 75th birthday on Friday, so I thought the time was right to pay tribute to him by sharing a quartet of tribute discs. 

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Duets: Hines, Byard and Wilson - JazzWax

Duets: Hines, Byard and Wilson - JazzWax | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
It's easy to forget what great jazz piano sounds like. Here's Earl "Fatha" Hines in three different duet settings—with Jaki Byard, Teddy Wilson and, well, himself... Cherry... All of Me... Memories of You...
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Video of the Day: Terry Reid | When You Awake

Video of the Day: Terry Reid | When You Awake | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Terry Reid- Superlungs My Supergirl Terry Reid performing Donovan's Superlungs My Supergirl live on December 31, 1969 in Bremen, Germany.
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Snapshot: Richard Manuel | When You Awake

Snapshot: Richard Manuel | When You Awake | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Today marks what would have been the great Richard Manuel’s 69th birthday. Not only did Richard give us years and years of amazing music with The Band, but he also co-wrote the tune that gave us our name, “When You Awake”. Happy Birthday, Richard!

 

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