Rant ‘N’ Roll: Clifford Brown

The death of Clifford Brown just may be the biggest jazz tragedy of them all. In 1956, Brown was already giving Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis a run for their money as the top trumpet man in the world. And, at 25, was still getting better. He lived clean of …

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Susan Collins: An Amazing History

Singer-songwriter Susan Collins is bringing her four-voice/piano production of her auto-biographical You Can Take The Girl Outta Brooklyn (But You Can’t Take Brooklyn Outta The Girl) to The Cutting Room on March 8. What a life! Singing doo-wop on the street at 12…on stage with Jimi Hendrix in Greenwich …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Wisdom Of Willie

Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From The Road (William Morrow), by Willie Nelson, with a foreword by Texas Jewboy Kinky Friedman, can be read in one sitting. Consider it dessert to the much more substantial main course of Joe Nick Patoski’s Willie Nelson: An Epic

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Greatest

Ali: The Man, The Moves, The Mouth (MVD Visual) has been re-released into a fist-pumping hour of American History action. It goes by so fast, it’s a blur. There’s Muhammad Ali, taunting White America, being the bad guy, suing the United States government and winning, all the while spouting poetry, …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: A Bit Of South Africa And Jamaica In Pennsylvania

The sumptuous beautiful warmth of the human voice times nine flew up, in and around our brains and hearts as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, an a capella nonet that needs no instruments to create its full-bodied and deeply profound sound, took the stage at the MusikFest Café in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Besides …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Long, Strange Trip Of Father Charley

He was my most valued rock ‘n’ roll journalist when I was Aquarian Weekly music editor in the late ‘70s to late ‘80s. Charley Crespo got into every single New York event whether he was invited or not. I never knew how he did it and I didn’t care. My …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: A Muddy History

The release of the exquisite and essential two-disc You Shook Me: The Chess Masters Volume #3 1958-1963 (Geffen Select/Universal Music Enterprises) by legendary Chicago bluesman Muddy Waters (1913-1983) is a good time to revisit the plagiarism lawsuit Muddy leveled against Led Zeppelin. It’s a fascinating circuitous tale that also involves …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Magic Slim & The Who

If Live At Leeds by The Who is the greatest in-concert hard rock album of them all, then the show they recorded the very next night, on Feb. 15, 1970, Live At Hull, is a worthy companion piece. Twice as long, with disc number two a crash ‘n’ bash …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Southside Johnny Can Still Rock It

37 years after their I Don’t Want To Go Home debut album, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes are still the band to see when it comes to hard-drivin’ rhythm ‘n’ blues-based rockin’ and rollin’ juke joint shuffles and horned-up craziness that delivers a whomp straight to your head, heart …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: 1970 Revisited

Fire And Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY And The Lost Story Of 1970 (Da Capo Press) by David Browne is a stunning, spectacular account of how that particular year ended one era and presaged another. Browne, the longtime music journalist from Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly

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