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Music, New Alan Lomax box set captures old Haiti with fresh ears

New Alan Lomax box set captures old Haiti with fresh ears

Easily one of the most important figures in 20th-century music, the folklorist Alan Lomax was also among the earliest proponents of multiculturalism, or, as he called it, cultural equity. His "one world" ideology referred not only to ethnicity, but also…
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Film, Spinning Blues Into Lies

Spinning Blues Into Lies

First, a key spoiler: Cadillac Records is not the story of Chess Records, the blues label started in Chicago in 1950 by brothers Leonard and Phil Chess that featured among its stable of artists Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Bo Diddley,…
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Music, Reviewed John Hammond

John Hammond

Though it may sound ridiculous to suggest that veteran bluesman John Hammond has begun to hit his stride after four decades on the scene, his new album, Ready for Love, presents a convincing case. Following up the success of 2001's…
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Music, Boubacar Traore

Boubacar Traore

If you were to take a train back to the birth of the blues, past Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson and all their Mississippi and Chicago compatriots, past the call-and-response field hollers that African slaves brought to the New World,…
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James Cotton Biscuits & Blues Wednesday, Oct. 27 You know the drill. An aging legend of blues (or jazz, or rock, or whatever) doesn't appear onstage until his band has played 30 minutes into an overpriced, 70-minute show. Once he…
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Stalemate

Once, I was puttering through some mediocre bass guitar at a party with a drummer who at least claimed to have spent time with Jodie Foster's Army. It was a fun if uninspired racket, until we were joined by a…
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