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Brian Wilson | Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

George and Ira Gershwin's music may have been the pop music of its day, but — like much of the Great American Songbook — it was more sophisticated than most of the pop of the '50s and '60s.
Disney Pearl Series (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 20, 2010
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Cracking wise

I don’t know that David Mamet’s is a fine Romance , and it certainly doesn’t conjure love at first scene.
Mamet’s Romance with ART; ASP’s Much Ado About Nothing
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 22, 2009
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Griot act

Some albums are extraordinary because they capture their time. Others are great because they transcend it.
Rokia Traoré breaks through with Tchamantché
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 09, 2009
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Various Artists | Tom Feminino/Tom Masculino

These two compilations of female and male singers addressing the Jobim songbook span five decades of idiosyncratic interpretations by a galaxy of mostly Brazilian stars.  
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By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 22, 2008

Easy to love

Given the water wings of a viable performance, one-person shows about historical figures tend to sink or swim on the raconteurship of their subjects.
According to Tip debuts at New Rep; the ART sings Cole Porter
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 01, 2008
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Finding a voice

Closer inspection, however, shows a choreographer making a series of perplexing musical choices that don’t always serve him well.
Battleworks at the ICA
By DEBRA CASH  |  February 29, 2008


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Lifer

As soon as you think you’ve got Catherine Russell figured out, she lobs another detail your way that throws the whole thing off.
Catherine Russell’s rich musical path
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 26, 2008
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The long view

Bob Blumenthal’s first book is out, and the wonder is that we didn’t get it sooner.
Bob Blumenthal’s history of jazz
By JON GARELICK  |  January 29, 2008
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Scene and heard

Entertainment companies are pumping out music DVD titles by the hundreds, and 2008 will see a deluge of releases across all genres.
The year ahead in DVDs
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  December 31, 2007
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In action

In the era of YouTube, we’re apt to forget that not every note of music ever played has been captured on film or video.
The ‘Jazz Icons’ DVDs
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  November 26, 2007
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Birds of a feather

What continues to make the JVC Jazz Festival at Newport so vital these days isn’t just the variety but the depth of the variety.
The jazz flocks gather at Newport
By JON GARELICK  |  August 15, 2007


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Trouble in paradise

While our capital city continues to promote itself as a prime booster and center for the arts, we continue to wonder about the strength of that commitment.
An emerging art group fights bureaucracy in the supposed renaissance city
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  November 21, 2006
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Small-town gold

Like most 17-year-olds, Sonya Kitchell is struggling to figure out who she is.
Sonya Kitchell strikes a major chord
By ADAM GOLD  |  October 27, 2006
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Joe + Judi

Husband and wife Joe Lovano and Judi Silvano came from different musical backgrounds, but they found home — and each other — in the musical ferment of New York’s late-’70s jazz-loft scene.
Lovano and Silvano are two of a kind
By JON GARELICK  |  September 05, 2006
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Summer concert preview

Why cool down when the concert scene is just getting warmed up? Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
Some ideas on how to rock away the summer months.
By WILL SPITZ  |  June 19, 2006
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Ralph Hamilton

My lovable, impossible friend of more than 30 years, the artist Ralph Hamilton, died on February 19, of complications from diabetes. He was only 59. It’s a very sad loss. He was one of Boston’s most original and searching painters and had been doing some
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By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 09, 2006