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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism For Locals: Wally Heider Recording Plaque Marks Birth of San Francisco Sound

Tourism For Locals: Wally Heider Recording Plaque Marks Birth of San Francisco Sound

When we are asked to describe San Francisco, practically all of us will focus on the sights of our City. But as locals, we know full well that the sounds of San Francisco are equally as important. And by…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle If there is a God, he's probably jealous of what Herbie Hancock can do on the keyboard. We caught the 74-year-old at the SFJAZZ Center on Saturday, and he torched even the high expectations we brought after seeing him…
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Music, All Shook Down The 5 Most Unexpected Covers of Songs From Nirvana's <i>In Utero</i>

The 5 Most Unexpected Covers of Songs From Nirvana's In Utero

In news that will make a lot of people feel ancient, Nirvana's In Utero turns 20 this Sept. 13. To celebrate this milestone, a 70-track (70!) deluxe reissue -- featuring two versions of the record, as well as tons of demos,…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Passage to India

A Passage to India

The sitar is such a beautiful and unusual instrument to the Western ear, and how better to become further acquainted than by listening to a renowned player work that gourd chamber? Ashwin Batish studied under his father, Pandit Shiv Dayal…
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Music, Reviewed Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

The lads comprising Tulsa's Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey — none of whom are named Jacob or Fred — are jazz musicians of a generation for whom rock, funk, and electronica are not anathema. Core members Brian Haas (keyboards) and Reid…
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Calendar, Night&Day Michael Wolff Trio: <i>Jazz, Jazz, Jazz</i> CD (Wrong Records)

Michael Wolff Trio: Jazz, Jazz, Jazz CD (Wrong Records)

In a perfect world, Herbie Hancock smacking down Amy Winehouse and Kanye West to win album of the year honors at this year’s Grammys would mean a flood of new jazz releases from a record industry frantically trying to keep…
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Music, Reviewed Michael Wolff Trio

Michael Wolff Trio

In a perfect world, Herbie Hancock smacking down Amy Winehouse and Kanye West to win album of the year honors at this year's Grammys would mean a flood of new jazz releases from a record industry frantically trying to keep…
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Music, Reviewed Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

Noted jazz pianist records pop icon tribute, endures cries of 'sellout' from the jazz community, laughs all the way to the bank. You'd be forgiven for assuming Herbie Hancock's new River: The Joni Letters, a tribute to Joni Mitchell, fits…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of April 18.

A Bigger Splash (First Run) Breakfast on Pluto (Sony) Cross of Iron (Henstooth) Event Horizon: Collector's Edition (Paramount) Games of Love and Chance (New Yorker) Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (Magnolia) Hostel (Sony) I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (Plexifilm) Kickboxer:…
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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, Reviewed Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

First off, Possibilities is not a jazz album. (Ah, that collective jazz-snob grouse.) Herbie Hancock, one of America's finest jazz pianists, took pains concocting a diverse, modern pop album with world-music overtones and jazz undertones. Forgoing "piecemeal" recording (e.g., Sinatra's…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Though this show is billed as "The 3rd Annual Rare Groove Revival," the phrase "rare groove" might be a bit misleading to the uninitiated. Indeed, it's record collector-speak that refers to quality soul, jazz, and funk from the '60s and…
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Music, Mushroom

Mushroom

Psychedelia, wherefore art thou? Between rave genericism, jam-band burnout, and cretinous items like Afroman's current hit "Because I Got High," high-flying music has taken a beating in recent years. Hedonistic tunes that go beyond mere druggy musings have become bong-watered…
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Calendar, Night&Day Doctor's Orders

Doctor's Orders

One of the key elements of funk is the pump of the trap drummer -- the steady pulse of syncopated energy that creates the almighty groove along with electric bass, guitar, and keyboards. In the Bay Area, we have a…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

The music of Oakland pianist Kimara flows like a narrative episode one might experience just before waking, when the dreamer begins to direct his dream. Far from being a sleepytime affair, however, his compositions for The Inside World, a two-volume…
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Review

Various Artists Future Sounds of Jazz, Vol. 6 (Compost) In the early '70s, Miles Davis (with his On the Corner album) and Herbie Hancock (with his short-lived sextet) picked up and dropped "electric jazz" almost quickly enough to sneak it…
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Hear This

Erik Friedlander's Topaz After hearing NYC cellist Erik Friedlander's Topaz, his debut recording as a bandleader, one wouldn't guess that Prince, Earth, Wind & Fire, or Herbie Hancock's Headhunters are the album's primary influences. But along with Miles Davis and…
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The Perfect Band

In 1965, Miles Davis had the quintet he'd dreamed of -- the group featuring saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams that is featured on the six-CD set The Miles Davis Quintet 1965-'68: The…
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Recordings

Red Aunts #1 Chicken (Epitaph) Three hundred words on #1 Chicken? Subtitled "14 Songs, 23 Minutes," there ain't even 300 words on Red Aunts' first Epitaph release, but no matter. Named for a hometown Long Beach restaurant, Chicken is a…
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