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Year: 19991 199814 199814 19971

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Jimmy McGriff Straight Up (Milestone) Jazz organ began almost accidentally: Pianists like the ebullient Fats Waller tinkered with the instrument in movie theaters. Intrigued by its various sound possibilities, Waller developed a lifelong love for the organ, which he passed…
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Flauting Tradition

Bud Shank is best known for popularizing the flute in modern jazz. That's not what he wanted to be famous for, but it's his own fault. When he moved to Los Angeles in 1946 at the age of 20, he…
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Cecil Taylor Quartet Qu'a: Live at the Iridium Vol. 1 (Cadence Jazz) Veteran pianist Cecil Taylor has a reputation for playing with the kind of relentless power and energy that can at times be overwhelming. As a result, for more…
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Smile Girl Crushes Boy (Headhunter/Cargo) Like the Beach Boys before them, Smile sings of the prosaic and the traumatic with the same glazed, melancholic pleasantness that characterizes the feel-good attitude of the band's Southern California home. Every song is wrapped…
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Bang on a Can All-Stars Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Wednesday, Oct. 21 When Brian Eno spoke at the Imagination Conference here in 1996, he credited two San Francisco-related incidents as influencing his music in general, and Music for…
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Lambchop What Another Man Spills (Merge) Despite a Nashville home and album cover pleas to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame there, Kurt Wagner's band Lambchop is more art collective than country group. As enamored with Memphis soul and…
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Jermaine Dupri Life in 1472 (So So Def) Life in 1472, the debut recording as a frontman of hit producer Jermaine Dupri, is one of the most pointless releases of the year, and it sounds like many of the participants…
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The Monorchid Who Put Out the Fire? (Touch and Go) The existential angst of ineffectual white males is well past new or interesting. The flood of emotional navel-gazing drenching the world of indie rock is a scourge of banal personal…
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Various Artists Lyricist Lounge (Rawkus) Hip hop is about battles. MCs slip rhymes around competitors like lyrical choke holds, while turntablists scratch and cut against each other like baggy-panted gladiators. And for what? Competition. Competition hones skills, strips away fat,…
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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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Dirty Three Ocean Songs (Touch and Go) What with all the recent fascination about sinking ships -- Titanic's themes of love on the high seas, kindly souls who drown beautifully, and all that business -- it's worth noting that Dirty…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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