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Music, Reviewed Myles Boisen

Myles Boisen

The blues is more than a folk-music form derived from the post-slavery African-American experience. It's the deep-feeling essence of the human spirit longing to be free. Of course, Myles Boisen knows a bit about freedom, having made a name for…
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News, Feature Guitar Dreams

Guitar Dreams

Adrian Freed, a bespectacled, middle-aged techie sporting a mop of unruly brown hair, swings open the door of the Guitar Center in El Cerrito with visible delight. Like a mountaineer taking in an exquisite vista, Freed pauses for a few…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Take the offbeat melodics of Thelonious Monk and add a heapin' helpin' of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, the underrated soloist and out-jazz legend famous for playing several horns at once. Now smooth out the concoction with a healthy dose of James…
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Calendar, Performance Three Women Scorned

Three Women Scorned

ONGOING 12/26-1/25 In 1962, Irish author Edna O'Brien's hometown in Clare County showed its pride in the local rising star by using her first novel, The Country Girls, to stoke the fires of a good, old-fashioned book burning. The honor…
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Calendar, Night&Day Improv Works

Improv Works

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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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Maybe it happened when he hit the big four-oh last summer, or perhaps it was merely the natural evolution of a creative life taken seriously. Whatever the impetus, it's clear from three exceptional new albums issued in the past year…
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Into the Maelstrom

The Rova Saxophone Quartet has been performing for 22 years, ever since organizers of Oakland's now-defunct Free Jazz Festival asked Bruce Ackley to put together an ensemble to play there in 1977. Together, they developed a secret language of…
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