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A New Miles Davis EP   Well, it’s only five different mixes of the same song but still. The year was 1985. The notoriously impossible-to-deal-with Miles Davis, curmudgeon that he was, abruptly left...

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Jukes To Party Like it’s 2019 On New Year’s Eve   The walls of The Count Basie Theater in Red Bank will shake and sweat when Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes welcome in 2019 for what has become a...

Backstage With The Struts

  I’m sitting in a backstage Philadelphia dressing room with singer Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott and drummer Gethin Davies, known collectively as The Struts. They just may be the...

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These Two Guys     Mark Turner and Ethan Iverson are Temporary Kings on their new ECM Records record. It’s but those two guys on six originals by pianist Iverson (one of which, the grandiloque...

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R.E.M. at the BBC   The British Broadcasting Corporation always did love that little old band from Georgia, REM. Active from 1980 to 2011, you could make a convincing argument that Michael Stipe, Bill B...

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A Man Named Ilhan   As the fourth installment of his esteemed “Istanbul Sessions,” Solar Plexus (Nublu Music) by Ilhan Ersahin, is one of the most adventurous, satisfying, eclectic, cinematic, far-out C...

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Lucky Girl     Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Producer Carter Sampson’s fifth album, Lucky (Horton Records), is a died-in-the-wool traditional country gem but with alt-pop sensibilities. Her pe...

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Songs Of Illness and Death   Before The Devil Steals Your Soul (Coffeegrinds Music) by Blue Largo is a delicious slab of retro (their fourth). Vocalist Alicia Aragon and guitarist/composer Eric Lie...

Spotlight – Sister Sparrow

This Bird Has Flown   Sister Sparrow will rock the house -- as she always does -- with her barrage of horns and Soul Appeal Dec. 1 at Irving Plaza in Manhattan and Dec. 29 at the Levon Helm Studio in Wo...

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Holy Smoke!     Koko Mojo Records has put out a few dozen of these compilations of rare ‘50s rock ’n’ roll/bop ’n’ soul but none of ‘em has been completely devoid of clinkers. That’s not to sa...