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New voices and sublime veterans
An insider's guide to the Jazz Fest
The kickoff to the Newport Jazz Festival often brings us superb vocalists, and this year is no different.
| July 31, 2013
Ten best bets at the Newport Jazz Festival
The Newport Jazz Festival has been on a roll these last few years, blending the commercial clout of big names with the creative cred of adventurous newcomers.
| August 01, 2012
20 discs you need
Astoundingly intricate notions rendered with a glowing attack on this solo disc by the NYC pianist. Perhaps its real triumph is the array of approaches it brokers throughout the program — each distinct, yet related.
| December 21, 2011
The Beach Boys | Smile
Never doubt the impact of whimsy as it applies to Brian Wilson's art. At the peak of his powers — 1965-'67, let's say — the Beach Boys boss was a sage arranger/composer and bona fide pop innovator.
| November 02, 2011
Interview: Patrick Norton has a knack for mixing it up at the Narrows
Where the music comes first
The Narrows Center for the Arts — the bastion of blues, folk, jazz, rock, and various stripes of singer-songwriter fare — has a decade of action under its belt.
| October 25, 2011
Foo Fest headliner Andrew W.K.
On creating a safe place to go crazy, translating the subconscious, and finding support and inspiration in providence
Andrew W.K. is a wild man who wails through songs that usually boast a blitzkrieg temperament.
| August 10, 2011
Various Artists | Johnny Boy Would Love This ... A Tribute to John Martyn
Hole In The Rain (2011)
If Nick Drake was Britain's ultimate forlorn folkie, John Martyn was his jazzier bro, a pub crawler with an intoxicating way of creating richly desolate moods.
| August 10, 2011
Some must-see acts at this weekend’s Newport Jazz Festival
Horns of plenty
To kick off the 2011 edition of the NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL , MICHAEL FEINSTEIN harks to the Voice's classic 1958 date, essaying a handful of Tin Pan Alley chestnuts in his own bravura-flecked style.
| August 03, 2011
Tara Jane O'Neil and Nikaido Kazumi | Tara Jane O'Neil and Nikaido Kazumi
From whispered coos to plinked strings to fuzzed dissonance to thumping drums, the 13 tracks trickle along, offering a haphazard feel while simultaneously wooing with irrefutable design integrity.
| June 29, 2011
The articulate melodic eloquence of Bill Frisell
Rolling with the changes
Many of us have embarrassing moments in our past, but when one of the hippest jazz dudes around admits to donning a leisure suit and playing in a show band, you prepare for a wince on the seismic level.
| June 14, 2011
Do the funky pot roast! The triumphant (three-night only) return of the Young Adults
Still complex after all these years
The shorter gent was balding, hirsute, and on the plump side. While bellowing lyrics about Broderick Crawford's machismo and the joys of being a carnivore, he occasionally wore a "brain hat" and was dolled up in a form-fitting muumuu.
| May 25, 2011
Max Creek celebrate 40 years of creativity
Still jamming after all these years
Imagine if the guys who started Max Creek never went to the famous Watkins Glen Summer Jam in 1973.
| April 27, 2011
10 jazz discs you need
There was a big field in 2010, with lots of titles vying to jump into the winner's circle. Here are the 10 jazz discs I truly wouldn't want to do without.
| March 19, 2013
Top 10 records of 2010
From button-down brainiacs to primal chic
2010 was full of riches: plenty of terrific albums came down the pike. There are more pop and rock discs I want to make note of, and maybe I'll do so next week if there's room after listing the year's Top 10 jazz titles.
| December 22, 2010
Whole lotta Foo Fest going on!
The best plan: get there early, stay late
There's a little bit of everything in the music segment of AS220's annual Foo Fest — inventive folk, arty hip-hop, girl grooves, brass bands.
| August 13, 2010
Darcy James Argue's genre-stretching Secret Society
It's not the solos, though they're usually as inviting as they are bracing. And it's not the charts, though they're often as persuasive as they are unpredictable.
| August 04, 2010
Music for the love of it
From the Schemers to the Men of Great Courage, Mark Cutler’s songs have always gotten to ‘that special kind of place’
Whether driving his Men of Great Courage on a tune about a spooky midnight stroll, or gently declaring a deep camaraderie with “We Shall Always Remain Friends,” Cutler’s concocting a soundtrack to the feelings in the room.
| May 05, 2010
Reeling in the years
John Pizzarelli keeps jazz moving on
Call John Pizzarelli a mensch — he's smart, chatty, and a hot ticket. Hell of a guitarist, too.
| February 25, 2010
Heart keeps beating
Novelist (and RIC professor) Thomas Cobb recalls the origins of Bad Blake
Storytelling is largely about character, and writer Thomas Cobb came up with a doozy when he conceived Bad Blake.
| January 27, 2010
The Carolina Chocolate Drops hit the red zone
The one element needed when revitalizing a neglected canon? Verve. Ever since the Carolina Chocolate Drops hit the trad-acoustic scene a few years ago, they've kept this notion front and center.
| January 19, 2010
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| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
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| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
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