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The 8-Bit Big Band: Backwards Compatible

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It’s about time a big band turned its gaze to and focused its attention on the many memorable songs and melodies spawned byand#151;video games? While it’s true these make-believe themes may brook no comparison to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter or even Neil Diamond, they are at least Backwards Compatible… [ read more ]

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Ally Venable: Heart Of Fire

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The virtues so readily apparent on guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Ally Venable’s last album, Puppet Show (Connor Ray Music, 2018), remain fully in evidence on her Ruf Records debut. It is telling, however, that for Heart Of Fire, the sultry poses she struck on the cover of the previous LP give way to those focusing on the way the blueswoman wields her instrument… [ read more ]

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Aki Takase: Auge

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While it might be Aki Takase‘s name which grabs the attention thanks to her illustrious track record, the trio on Auge represents a true co-operative, as the Berlin-based Japanese pianist joins forces with Swiss bassist Christian Weber and German drummer Michael Griener in a perfectly balanced triumvirate… [ read more ]

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Out To Dinner: Play On

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Record producers don’t always get the same amount of attention as the musicians featured on an album, but their role and influence is vital in the recording process. Take The Beatles‘ producer, George Martin, for example. His involvement brought the music to a new level… [ read more ]

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