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Pat Metheny | Orchestrion

The “orchestrion” is a Rube Goldberg-like contraption that empowers Metheny in one-man-band format to trigger a variety of percussion and other instruments as he plays guitar.
Nonesuch (2010)
By JON GARELICK  |  May 14, 2010
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Fred Woodward | Urban Garden

Ujam (2009)
Ujam (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  April 17, 2009
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School days

Fred Woodard graduated from Berklee in 1983 — and that’s when he really started to go to school.
Fred Woodard’s post-grad life, plus ‘KGBG’ at the Lily Pad
By JON GARELICK  |  June 17, 2008
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Killer guitars — and bands

Now 53 and more than 30 years into a remarkable career, Pat Metheny still approaches jazz like a kid let loose in a candy store.
Pat Metheny’s latest trio and Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Remedy
By JON GARELICK  |  March 10, 2008
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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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Starry nights

About two weeks ago, you could have caught New York-based jazz trumpeter Russ Johnson at Carnegie Hall with sax player Lee Konitz.
New York’s finest jazz musicians come to Farmington
By REID HANSEN  |  July 03, 2007


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Duke Robillard

Everything on these CDs is played with total command.
Worl Full of Blues | Stony Plain
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 26, 2007
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Nights on the town

By now, the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim has been completely ingrained in the language of jazz and pop.
Brandão, Coltrane, and Redman move the beat around
By JON GARELICK  |  May 16, 2007
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Marathon man

Sonny Rollins has said that when he plays long solos, it isn’t necessarily because he’s inspired but because he’s looking for inspiration.
Sonny Rollins, Symphony Hall, April 6, 2007
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2007

The show

This article originally appeared in the January 27, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
James Brown, takin' it to the Stage
By HOWARD LITWAK  |  January 23, 2007
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Good Grooves

For many reasons, much great music is created in the darker recesses of the mind, where dreariness, despondence, and desolation rule. Of course, it doesn’t always have to be the case.
Fever Dream heats up; Zawadi’s heady soul stew
By BOB GULLA  |  June 27, 2006


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Master at work

The best guitarists can always be recognized by their sound, even if they spend their careers swapping amps, effects, or instruments.
A solo flight from Pink Floyd’s David Glimour
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 25, 2006