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JAZZ COMPOSERS ALLIANCE ORCHESTRA
Boston bands Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade are different, but with a lot in common.
Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess go their own ways
| March 24, 2009
Howlin’ Wolf | Rockin’ the Blues: Live In Germany, 1964
The fidelity of the recording is far from state-of-the-art, but its historical value - and sheer musicality - more than make up for any qualities that might peeve audiophiles.
| November 18, 2008
The JCA has been at it since 1985, a collective of musicians who are primarily composers rather than players, in need of an outlet to hear their pieces.
Darrell Katz and the JCA, Ben Ratliff, Jeff Turton
| November 18, 2008
Darrell Katz/Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra | The Same Thing
Boston's Jazz Composers Alliance is fearless about subject matter — this, after all, is the organization that gave us The Death of Simone Weil as an "improvisational cantata."
| November 11, 2008
EXCERPT: King Creole
Gerald Perry writes on King Creole' s neverending B list movie status.
| October 30, 2008
The Boston Horns
These primal-funk black belts led by former Heavy Metal Horns leaders Henley Douglas Jr. and Garret Savluk spare no grease on their sixth studio album.
Shibuya Gumbo | bostonhorns.com
| April 09, 2008
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
| February 26, 2008
Other music meccas
| June 29, 2007
James Blood Ulmer
This time Ulmer was in a brooding mood.
Bad Blood in the City: The Piety Street Sessions | Hyena
| May 08, 2007
The title here is befits the kind of shouting, romping music this grand madam of the blues began performing roughly a half-century ago.
Old School | Alligator
| April 03, 2007
Laughter from space
A History of Violence was a tense mob movie, but that title could also serve a documentary about Buddy Guy’s guitar attack.
Buddy Guy’s royal blues
| December 12, 2006
Boston uber alles
This article originally appeared in the April 21, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
| November 14, 2006
Sense in the sound
In Stephen Sondheim’s old formulation, opera is about music and musical theater is about words.
When it comes to singing (jazz and otherwise), it's about more than words
| September 20, 2006
Cassandra Wilson seemed to have settled into a steady state of artful, loose-tempo, dreamy jazz pop. Which is why it’s so refreshing to hear her singing over actual grooves on Thunderbird .
THUNDERBIRD | Blue Note
| April 24, 2006
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