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Wednesday, December 23, 1998

Instrumental Hip-Hop

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

UK knob-twiddler Luke Vibert is one of those DJ Age producers who annoyingly refuses to stick to just one name or sound. As Plug, he plundered drum 'n' bass with such aplomb that Trent Reznor handpicked him to open up a Nine Inch Nails tour. Now getting back to the...

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Hits - And Misses

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Seal is an unlikely superstar who sells millions of records and poses nude on the cover of his present — and previous — CD. He made his way in the music industry via the English dance scene and eventually scored a mega-hit with the Batman-related "Kiss from a Rose." The...

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Spliff Hop

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

When I was 10, Mother criticized Rudy Ray Moore. I didn't know who he was. But he was too raunchy to be tolerated, and his albums had no place in a respectable home, as far as she was concerned. Then at age 12, I found Rudy Ray Moore. In the...

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Dubby Big Beat

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Beginning with the fact that this British collective appears to have used pictures from Detroit's 1967 riots for its cover art, it's clear Monkey Mafia isn't afraid to borrow from other sources to make a point. That would explain Shoot The Boss' by-any-means-necessary mix of dance hall reggae vocals, record...

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Broad Hip-Hop Way

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

By now, you've probably already heard the "Ghetto Anthem." And if you haven't, you probably aren't going to believe that it features a hard-nosed, tell-it-like-it-is MC flipping the script with the preadolescent chorus from the musical Annie (!). That's right, the album's title song — subtitled "the Ghetto Anthem" —...

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Lassus

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

This is music strict, pure and demanding. Four unaccompanied voices of the Hilliard Ensemble — David James, countertenor; Rogers Covey-Crump and John Potter, tenors; Gordon Jones, baritone — triumphantly negotiate the homophonic challenges of the Renaissance composer Orlando di Lasso. Born Lassus in Mons, Belgium in 1532, he moved to...

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Little Mama Blues

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

If you have an appreciation for country music, particularly for the Southern root relationship it has to the blues, then you'll appreciate this CD. This one isn't for blues purists, nor is it for fans of "butt-rockin' blues." There are no guitar pyrotechnics displayed here, although the woman can definitely...

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Beethoven Symphony No. 9/"Missa Solemnis"

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

In a newly remastered series of Beethoven's symphonies called "The Immortal Toscanini," RCA has tapped into a gold mine. What's more, each of the three double-CD sets sells for the price of one disc. Toscanini's strengths are abundantly evident in this last installment, recorded in 1952 and '53. The conductor's...

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Third Generation

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 1998 at 12:00 AM

For a record which is essentially two guys in the studio, the arrangements found on Third Generation sound pretty full and on the mark. Of course, with two multi-instrumentalists in the house, throwin' down the full sound ain't that hard. Wilburn (Squiddly) Cole — drummer for Ziggy Marley and the...

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Wednesday, December 16, 1998

Basses Are Loaded

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Among the most trying of improvised musical situations are the solo and duo performances. With this recording, two of the most accomplished bassists in the world of jazz and improvisation have joined forces to reveal a unique approach to duet performance. In addition to her work on the jazz scene,...

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