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Album Review: Renaissance – Tour 2011 Live in Concert

“Carpe diem,” quoth the poet Horace. Even in a dead language, wiser words have rarely been written. And while F. Scott Fitzgerald limited his observation to Americans when he claimed “there are no second acts…” occasionally, there are. Renaissance was never an easy act to pigeonhole. At first blush, some might peg them as part

Album Review: Creedence Clearwater Revival – Ultimate CCR

Few rock acts have seen their catalog subjected to as much incessant compilation-izing as Creedence Clearwater Revival. Not counting live albums and the Golliwogs juvenilia, the group released seven albums in the space of five short years. But no less than a few dozen(!) collections of their music have appeared, starting with Creedence Gold back

Album Review: Clayton Brothers and Friends – The Gathering

Over the last several years, I’ve been developing a taste for – and appreciation of – jazz. Not the smooth “jazz flavours” stuff of 70s/80s late-night FM radio; my new-found tastes lean more toward hard bop, big band, fusion. My collection – both on CD and vinyl (the latter remaining my preferred medium) is growing,

EP Review: DC Fontana – Pentagram Man

With their latest EP Pentagram Man, DC Fontana have executed a deft musical left-turn. The group first came to my attention via the inclusion of the neo-Northern Soul (albeit with combo organ) “Remember Me” on Shindig Magazine’s It’s Happening! compilation. Their 2011 album La Contessa delivered the goods in a big way, landing on my

DVD Review: Ike & Tina on the Road 1971-72

If I told you there was a new DVD compiled of a bunch of Ike & Tina Turner‘s home movies, you might well shudder. Thanks to Tina’s biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It, in the minds of a whole generation of potential music fans, Ike Turner is a bad guy, and not much

Archival Recordings from Jazzhaus

This decade is looking to be an important one for unearthing of landmark vintage jazz recordings. Resonance has unearthed an early Wes Montgomery set and a pair of amazing Bill Evans shows, and I’m anxiously awaiting news about what they’ll release next. And when I first learned of the launching of the German-based Jazzhaus label,

The Very Best Of…Concord Jazz Artists

Because Concord Music Group has acquired the licensing to some of the most venerable labels in all of music (Stax, Fantasy, Riverside, Prestige, and others) as well as large chunks of the work of some of the world’s most important artists (Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra), they have – in addition to their excellent reissues

Album Review: Akina Adderley & the Vintage Playboys – Say Yes

From a superficial standpoint, there’s not a huge amount of common stylistic ground between the music of Austin-based Akina Adderley (& the the Vintage Playboys) and Adderley’s grandfather Nat, or with her great uncle Julian “Cannonball” Adderley. But with a peerless musical pedigree such as hers, she can – no, must – be expected at

Album Review: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays the Music of Rush

Normally, I don’t write negative reviews. Yes, I will point out those qualities that make a work less than it could be, but if a release is mostly or wholly without merit (in my estimation) I don’t bother to cover it. This is especially true if it’s by an artist who is not well-known. But

DVD Review: David Bowie – The Calm Before The Storm: Under Review 1969-1971

It’s a shopworn cliché to claim that David Bowie is and has always been a chameleon. Yes, his music and onstage/public person have gone through a series of calculated ch-ch-changes (there; got that out of the way quickly), but his work has proceeded I nan arguably very linear fashion. Another in the long series of