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Wednesday, December 27, 2000

Coastal comeback

Posted By on Wed, Dec 27, 2000 at 12:00 AM

With his multiplatinum comeback, 2001, Dr. André Young did much more than move units, produce hit songs and give Eminem a chance to holler “Detroit What!!” on our TV screens 18 times a day — he brought back a whole damn coast. Sure, other LA groups have made noise,...

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Freedom then & now

Posted By on Wed, Dec 27, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Jazz of the ’60s and ’70s unlocked some wonderfully fertile spaces within the music, some of which are revisited and harvested by Ernest Dawkins and his fellow deep diggers on this new disc from the Windy City. The byword of those decades was “freedom”: free jazz, free improvisation and,...

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Beyond boundaries

Posted By on Wed, Dec 27, 2000 at 12:00 AM

All you really need to know about this two-CD collection is that it contains some of the best recorded material performed by one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time: George Benson. Jazz critics and enthusiasts, not to mention the musicians themselves, are notoriously difficult folks to please,...

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Taking requests

Posted By on Wed, Dec 27, 2000 at 12:00 AM

What do you do after founding your own theater, performing with Second City Detroit or studying theater at Wayne State? Well, grab a guitar, set up a tape recorder on a coffee table and chronicle your life as a rock star, of course. Pat Loos, Dustin Gardener and Topher...

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Coastal comeback

Posted By on Wed, Dec 27, 2000 at 12:00 AM

With his multiplatinum comeback, 2001, Dr. André Young did much more than move units, produce hit songs and give Eminem a chance to holler “Detroit What!!” on our TV screens 18 times a day — he brought back a whole damn coast. Sure, other LA groups have made noise,...

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Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Gulfs of silence

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

“Granum Sinapis” for a cappella choir, the first of three works by contemporary French composer Pascal Dusapin on this disc, is based on a text by the 14th century German mystic, Meister Eckhart, which reads, “It is light, it is brightness,/It is darkness too,/It is unnamed,/It is unknown.” However, the...

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Slay that punky music

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

The Brothers Chemical (aka Tom and Ed) have, er, come a long, long way, baby. They’ve had to prove that they were more than just the archetypal purveyors of big beat and distance themselves from the ever-dumber (or is it more dumb?) dance-floor crowd that jumped on the bandwagon...

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Select blues

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Unless you’re one of those longtime hardcore blues fans who takes pride in the amount of research you’ve done to find out the stuff few other blues fans know, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve never heard of Jimmy Johnson. Chalk this one up to yet another of the...

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New music: Gulfs of Silence

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Gidon Kremer is a violinist for the 21st century. This set of works by contemporaries Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass and Vladimir Martynov takes listeners for the deeply feeling, intelligent creatures that classical music has always wished them to be. Pärt, of course, is renowned for his undivided attention to...

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New Music: Gulfs of Silence

Posted By on Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 12:00 AM

The music composed by Georgian expatriate Giya Kancheli always raises the weightiest issues: “Grief, regret, the repudiation of violence. Hope predominates over happiness and joy,” he writes in the liner notes to this new release. Of the two tone poems for orchestra recorded here, the first, “Simi,” is subheaded...

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