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For nearly 25 years, the Bay Area's Rova Saxophone Quartet has been a model of improvisational ingenuity. Two dozen critically acclaimed albums and hundreds of worldwide concerts attest to its members' essential role in shaping contemporary creative exploration into an…
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Rob SudduthRob Sudduth's Just One of Those Things: Music Inspired by Frank Sinatra (A-Records) embodies much of jazz convention's most tedious attributes: old-time melodic-harmonic constructs, neatly arranged in a program of easy-to-digest standards (swinging midtempo numbers and sentimental ballads), proffered…
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SF Weekly's Wammies '98

Americana/Roots Wilson Gil& the Willful Sinners Wilson Gil brushes off old memories like any good yarn-spinning country singer. But the urban Gil finds his grit in the city he loves, not along a dusty trail. Ten years of highs and…
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Elliot Humberto Kavee Even hard-core fans tend to hit the john during drum solos at jazz shows. And why not? Some drummers mistake virtuosic self-aggrandizement for an engaging percussion language. It takes a mighty combination of mad skills and vision…
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Graham Connah's NoPorkestra & Chorus Anyone who's seen jazz pianist Graham Connah in concert is familiar with his fun-loving fascination with language. From droll, between-song wisecracks to clever album titles (like his palindromic debut, Snaps Erupt at Pure Spans, and…
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Anton Szandor LaVey Satan Takes a Holiday (Amarillo Records) Longtime San Franciscan Anton LaVey is probably best-known as the founder and high priest of the Church of Satan (and the guy who played the devil in Rosemary's Baby), but prior…
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