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The top 10 jazz events in town this fall

As usual, there's too much to choose from. Here are some highlights.
Starting with the Beantown Jazz Festival, ensembles large and small mix it up
By JON GARELICK  |  September 16, 2011
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The articulate melodic eloquence of Bill Frisell

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.
Rolling with the changes
By JIM MACNIE  |  June 17, 2011
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Jew note

Defining "Jewish" music is pretty much a fool's task — not much easier than defining jazz.
First Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival, plus the Klezmatics
By JON GARELICK  |  February 26, 2010
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Diana Krall | Quiet Nights

Jazz as the language of love is the theme of this hitmaker's 12th album, an achingly pretty tribute to the spirit, pace, and sound of the bossa nova.
Verve (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 23, 2009
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Guilty pleasure

A.C. Newman is on fire. One of indie rock's most prolific songwriters and performers, Newman has six albums to his credit this decade...
A.C. [Carl] Newman talks pop and the making of his new album
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  March 10, 2009
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Marion Maerz | Burt Bacharach Songbook

Marion was a minor German pop star in the 1960s, one of a crowd of yé-yé girls who sprang up all over Europe as the ingénue counterparts to macho belters.
Bureau B (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 10, 2009


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What's up?

For trend seekers, Different Voices, a showcase for this year’s Bates Dance Festival’s visiting choreographers, hinted at several directions for contemporary dance.
Bates Fest choreographers know the difference
By JUNE VAIL  |  August 12, 2008
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Kevin Ayers

His philosophizing is rarely twee, and his fine-oaked voice gives new authority to his pastis-and-mushroom-fueled musings.

Unfairground | Gigantic


By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  April 07, 2008
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PJ Harvey

As the next 10 songs in this cryptic gothic fairy tale unreel, she experiences a drug-induced nightmare, a moon tide of guilt, and, seemingly, death.
White Chalk | Island
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 24, 2007
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Magic Numbers

The Magic Numbers are throwbacks to a time when pop was lighter than air.
Those the Brokes | Capitol
By WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  August 14, 2007

After Dark: Chapter One

Eyes mark the shape of the city.
An excerpt from Haruki Murakami's After Dark
By HARUKI MURAKAMI  |  May 16, 2007


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Longing for a Reminder

The Reminder is a soundtrack for watching your lover walk out the door.
Feist's inevitable breakthrough
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 25, 2007
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Field Music

Field Music frontman Peter Brewis loves a good pop song as much as the next chap.
Tones of Town | Memphis Industries
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 19, 2007
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Caetano Veloso

Caetano Veloso is Brazil’s Bob Dylan, Burt Bacharach, and Paul Simon all rolled into one.
CÊ | Nonesuch
By BANNING EYRE  |  March 12, 2007
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Diamond in the rough

If today’s pop-music business is, as it was in the ’60s, driven largely by songwriters and producers who choose singers to put across their latest concoctions hoping for a hit, why does so much current pop feel so utterly charmless? Jackie DeShannon li
Jackie De Shannon’s eternal promise
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 01, 2006
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Pop Master

As last night’s show at T.T. the Bear’s Place proved, Keene is still a masterful songwriter, singer, and guitarist in love with his craft after 22 years in the trenches.
Tommy Keene at T.T. the Bear's
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 15, 2006


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Screening sounds

Great moments in film have always relied upon great music — and often Hollywood’s most memorable scenes are birthed from that perfect juxtaposition of song and image.
Great music moments at the movies -- from Portland and beyond
By HOOTIE GIANGRECO  |  February 23, 2006
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Flaming out

Elvis Costello’s My Flame Burns Blue (Deutsche Grammophon) disappoints me. I don’t mean critically as much as personally.
Has Elvis Costello become Yes?
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 21, 2006