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Silvana Deluigi: Yo!

The recent renaissance of nueva tango has yet to acquire an American mainstream figurehead, someone both talented and accessible enough to attract the attention of an audience unfamiliar with the style and tradition of the genre. But with any luck, Silvana Deluigi stands as good a chance as any to fit that bill. Her astonishing … Read More “Silvana Deluigi: Yo!”

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Ry Cooder: Chavez Ravine

In the early ’50s, the Los Angeles city government, under the auspices of “public improvement,” evicted the residents of the tightly knit communities of Bishop, La Loma and Palo Verde from a plot of land amounting to something more than 300 acres. The area was initially intended as a site for public housing; ultimately the … Read More “Ry Cooder: Chavez Ravine”

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The Coalition: Naked Movies

Young listeners once looked to experimental instrumental music for relaxation and entertainment, but with most new releases edging ever further to the poles of outre obscurantism or hyperstructured neoclassical, modern jazz has lost considerable relevancy to the average Gen-Y music fan. One exception to this rule has been the phenomenally successful combo of Medeski, Martin … Read More “The Coalition: Naked Movies”

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Oliver Mtukidzi: Nhava

Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi’s expert hand at guitar and his gruff, grandfatherly bluesman’s voice have served him well over the past 30 years. Nhava, the elder statesman’s 48th release, does not find Tuku taking many chances, but when the music sounds this effortlessly good, why bother? Indeed, Mtukudzi is so comfortable on his own recording that … Read More “Oliver Mtukidzi: Nhava”

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Psychograss: Now Hear This

Much ink has been spilled as to the cementing of jazz into “America’s Classical Music,” but these arguments neglect the obvious: America already has a homegrown classical music in bluegrass. The idiom and structure of bluegrass have been set in stone for well over a half-century, and most artists in the field are content to … Read More “Psychograss: Now Hear This”

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Alison Brown: Stolen Moments

Written and performed in the “stolen moments” between her work as the head of American roots label Compass and as a new mother, banjoist Alison Brown’s new album offers 11 sweet and precisely metered slices of contemporary bluegrass, Celtic traditional music, light jazz and pop-country. Throughout, Brown and her excellent supporting band-featuring fiddler Stuart Duncan … Read More “Alison Brown: Stolen Moments”

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