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Rant 'N' Roll: Long-Lost Love, Country From Alaska, Holiday Jazz & Pete Seeger

Arthur Lee [1945-2006] is looked upon in retrospect as a true 1960s rock visionary. He’s a fascinating combination of Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, Lenny Kravitz and Bob Dylan. His band Love, especially on ‘67’s Forever Changes, proved to be not only one of that year’s best albums, but has…

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Rant 'N' Roll: Visual + Vinyl + Blues

Beautifully packaged, Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new live series of Rolling Stones concerts, From The Vault, starts with Hampton Coliseum Live In 1981 and L.A. Forum Live In 1975 (both restored and remixed by Bob Clearmountain). Each show is two and a half hours and consumers get their choice of…

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Rant 'N' Roll: Brian Jones Changed My Life

It is time to praise Brian Jones [1942-1969] instead of dwelling on how and why he never made it out of the ‘60s. I was one of those stateside kids biographer Paul Trynka writes about in Brian Jones: The Making Of The Rolling Stones (Viking) who watched ABC-TV’s Shindig!

by   |  12/03/2014  |  Comments (1)

Rant 'N' Roll: Rock 'N' Roll Still Exists

Good solid rock 'n' roll bands are hard to come by these days. That’s why when a band as seasoned and rockin’ as the New Orleans Suspects comes along, I pay attention. They’re but five years old yet each has been playing way down yonder for decades. Bassist Reggie…

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Rant 'N' Roll: 15 Minutes With Randy Newman

Aquarian Weekly: In a national solo tour lasting all of eight shows, I’m lucky you’re coming to my town, Easton, Pennsylvania, to play the State Theatre on November 21.

Randy Newman: I thought it was nine shows.

Two shows in Florida, one in Mississippi, Austin, Texas, Princeton, Boston,

by   |  11/19/2014  |  Comments (2)

Rant 'N' Roll: Bluegrass, Blues And Pure Garbage

Why don’t more jam band fans dig bluegrass? It’s practically the same aesthetic. The stringed wizardry, the unerring interplay and the long jams (especially the newer ‘grass bands and the fusion bluegrass bands known as new-grass or jazz-grass) have so much in common with the hippie vibe of good…

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Rant 'N' Roll: Samba, Folk & Jazz

I was 15 in 1966 when one of my very few non-rock 'n' roll albums became essential. It was called Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 and I wore that sucker out. I had a little $10 toy record player. This guy my mom was dating, Arnie…

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Rant 'N' Roll: Ethnomusicology

Larkin Poe was a Civil War wagon driver/historian whose prose didn’t have as dark a side as his cousin, Edgar Allan Poe [1809-1849]. His great great great great granddaughters Rebecca and Megan Lovell have named their band after him. Their Kin debut (RH Music) was co-produced by Chris Seefried…

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Rant 'N' Roll: Jazz

Trilogy (Stretch Records/Concord Jazz), by Chick Corea, is a milestone recording in the piano legend’s 50-year career chronicling a world tour in trio format with master musicians (and leaders in their own right) bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade. Considering it was recorded in Washington DC, California, Spain,…

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Rant 'N' Roll: What Is Hip?

In 1973, Tower Of Power asked that musical question, “What Is Hip?” The song’s lyricist, Doc Kupka, was quoted at the time as saying, “Being `hip’ is so short-lived. You can be hip today by wearing your hair a certain way. But what’s hip today might become passé.” To…

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