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Music, Reviewed Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

Pianist/composer Herbie Hancock has an ongoing, vividly protean career, one virtually mirroring changes in jazz for the past four decades. It's improbable that a mere two-CD set could illustrate such a vocation, but Essential comes darn close. The genesis is…
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Music, BeatBox

BeatBox

In the late '90s, Japan's DJ Krush caught the hipster zeitgeist with his crackling Japanese-garden trip hop. Spare breakbeats cradled lush atmospherics (1996's Meiso), A-list hip hop collaborations ('97's Milight), and extended trumpet solos ('98's collaboration with Toshinori Kondo, Ki-Oku),…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Sharing of Pharoah

The Sharing of Pharoah

"Pharoah is a man of large spiritual reservoir," John Coltrane once said. "He's trying to allow his spiritual self to be his guide ... dealing, among other things, in energy, in integrity, in essences." Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, who joined the…
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Music, Karsh Kale

Karsh Kale

The explosion of the '90s Asian underground inside British clubs revolutionized dance music far more than its innovators could have imagined. What was originally a way to recognize the South Asian Londoners' dual cultures and respond to racism in British…
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The House of Tudor

Even a simple Idiot Flesh performance would be well-worth a flag-waving testimonial -- but the Friday, Aug. 22, Idiot Flesh show at Maritime Hall is being headlined by Giant Robot and opened by !Tchkung!!! (the two additional exclamation marks are…
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Plane Talk

Although he has never stepped foot on Indian soil, Pharoah Sanders says that he's always felt the country in his blood. "I have these dreams of me playing in some kind of musical event in India where people play spiritual…
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Jazz Assassins

Jazz isn't dead, despite the whining of some traditionalists. Just ask John Zorn, the "thrash-jazz assassin" and one of the music's most socially relevant perpetrators. With his groups Painkiller and Naked City, Zorn has pushed the so-called genre to wall,…
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