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Wednesday, April 28, 1999

Tweaked and Tweaked Again

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Is Rhino actually K-Tel Records for the next millennium? Who can say? The label’s collection of classic car songs is shticky enough, that’s for certain. Still, Rhino’s definitive musical aesthetics are prone toward considering recorded pop culture as collectible archives rather than just disposable trash. There should be no surprise,...

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King Duke

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 1999 at 12:00 AM

This 24-disc collection should have been titled Everything You Want To Know About Duke Ellington But Were Afraid To Ask. While the greatest bandleader-composer the world has ever seen released countless albums for a number of record labels, Duke’s special relationship with RCA endured — albeit sporadically — for nearly...

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100 Years of Lunacy

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 1999 at 12:00 AM

An 11-piece band; harmonica, congas, lots of voices, and a sassy horn section. The Luddite sound is warm, Bohemian, and a big cabaret of sweaty, sexy fun!...

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Wednesday, April 21, 1999

Y2K-proof techno

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Detroit techno third-waver Sean Deason has been one of the few purveyors of the 313 soundtrack-soul beatscapes to venture out of the usual 140 BPM formulas of the Detroit sound. On his new stellar (literally) full-length Allegory & Metaphor on his Matrix label, Deason makes the point in no...

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Or Maybe She Ain't All That

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

As much as I’m all for the young feminist voice, I’m more than a little resistant to letting the superlatives rip about the critics’ hottest rock babes who demand respect. Whether they’re being accused of being revolutionary poets or ripping out jugular veins with their angst-driven musical superpowers, I wonder...

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Bach: Goldberg Variations

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Rosalyn Tureck has devoted her long career to Bach’s music, but her critics, while lauding her exquisite playing, have also justifiably faulted her coolly deliberate, almost antiseptic approach. However, on this recording, Tureck’s style is leavened considerably. She bends the rhythms almost playfully, and her musical line is clean without...

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Not a Lemon in the House

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 1999 at 12:00 AM

It’s been about seven years since their last record, and here come XTC with layers of enduring majestic pop, unfolding on rich orchestral tones – the London Session Orchestra’s, to be exact. So lay aside all bad-comeback phobias, because XTC is so smooth, melodic and ageless, one would think the...

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Wednesday, April 14, 1999

Re-Envisioned Davis

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Vocalist Cassandra Wilson has reached the apex of her musical brilliance on her new recording, Traveling Miles, a beautiful tribute to Miles Davis that captures the pulse and spirit of his genius. For this date, Wilson wrote lyrics to classic Davis compositions. It’s these lyrics and her eclecticism that make...

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Armenia: Heavenly Duduk / Japan: Master of Shakuhachi

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Within the sumptuous tapestry of world music traditions, a thread of solo wind instruments stands out, including the Arabic ney, the shenai from India, the Armenian duduk and the Japanese shakuhachi. Though centered in cultures separated by thousands of miles, the deeply meditative, centuries-old melodies played on these tubes of...

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Raw Rocker Revival

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 1999 at 12:00 AM

How often does a veteran artist entertain and challenge his audience — and himself — with the style and grace of Alejandro Escovedo? From his 1982 cowpunk cameo with Rank and File, to the rock-cathartic Texas duende of the True Believers, to his willful endurance as a solo artist, Escovedo...

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