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RIP B.B. King, the King of Blue (1925-2015)

When a giant passes, it may catch everyone by surprise. In the case of Blues legend B.B King, his legacy and influence was so omnipresent it’s as if we thought he might live forever. With over 50 LPs under his belt, one might consider him the James Brown of the …

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Future Classics
Boogie / Funk / Disco Soul

Future Classic: DJ Day & Lord Echo “Bohemian Idol / Land of 1000 Chances Remixes”

Two of my favorite multi-instrumentalist producers DJ Day and Lord Echo are jointly releasing remixes of each others work via the Bastard Jazz label. Day give a reggae rework to Echo’s Bohemian Idol while the Lord discofies Land of a 1000 Chances and the whole ordeal is released on a …

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The Classicaliszt
Classical

THE CLASSICALISZT – An Introduction

Classical is an ambitious genre to tackle. From gregorian monk choirs singing in caverns to contemporary music recitals in museums, the spectrum is enormous. The sheer number of pieces for any composer is astounding. The size of the orchestra, the endless and subtle variations by conductors and musicians can seem …

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The Classicaliszt
Classical

GOD’S CHOIR: Vocal Compositions Through the Ages

Choir composition are at the genesis of classical and one of the first documented forms of music in the world. Polyphony (multiple voices in harmony) revolutionized music as we know it and like most early music, it is thoroughly entrenched in religious tradition. Indeed, gregorian chants performed by secluded monks …

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The Classicaliszt
Classical

ERIK SATIE: Genius before his time

French composer Érik Satie is unique and isolated musical figure in all senses. Adulated by our current generation, his appeal with the common audience is almost greater than his more accomplished peers, yet during his time he was extremely poor and unpopular. While many great artists (Cocteau,Picasso) and composers (Debussy,Ravel) …

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The Classicaliszt
Classical

SAMSON FRANCOIS: Prelude to a troubled soul

A truly great artist is comprised of many traits. Skill, innovation,style & ease of execution; all transcendent aspects of a singular personality that undoubtedly garner both critical acclaim and universal admiration. However above all, its the artists personal connection to the material and his creative interpretation that creates a unique …

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The Classicaliszt
Classical

THE PERFECT TRIFECTA: Classical Trio Ensembles

Quartets are a team, they form a unit and perform as one; but the trio is entirely different. Three individual forces collide and hope to attain balance and achieve a maelstrom of virtuosity, creating the perfect musical storm. Violin,piano,cello all united as one.Trio compositions are also inclined to allow some …

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The Classicaliszt
Classical

Immaculate Recordings: Emil Telmanyi “Bach Sonatas” (Decca/London, 1954)

There is so much contention in classical vinyl collecting over “THE” definitive version of a piece. The interpretation, the recording and the pressing all have an impact and then the historical factors and musical expertise come into play. This, however, is highly subjective and the whole notion of TAS lists …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure : Kenny Barron “Sunset to Dawn” (1973, Muse Records)

Kenny Barron is a jazz pianist whose inspired and elegant playing is only surpassed by his output. Still active today, he has released close to 50 albums and has recorded with Sonny Fortune, Ron Carter, John Stubblefield, Bobby Hutcherson, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hanes, Yusef Lateef and …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Version Excursion: “Tudo O Que Voce Queria Ser” (original by Milton Nascimento)

Tudo O Que Voce Queria Ser by Milton Nascimento is the opening track of his legendary Clube da Esquina album (with Lo Borges) and it also represents the start of a whole brazilian regional renaissance. Nascimento’s creative vision, his personal poetic songwriting and his truly unique voice sparked a revolution …

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Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Soul

Version Excursion: “Hurt So Bad” (original by Anthony & The Imperials)

A perfect song is usually a combination of songwriting prowess and interpretative brilliance recorded in magical circumstances. There is a rare instance where a song is so naturally incredible that even when covered by highly different artists in varied genres/eras its immaculate qualities still resonate strongly. Hurt so Bad, orignally …

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Mix Of The Day
Latin

Mix of the Day: Arthur Verocai Tribute by DJ Nuts

Arthur Verocai is a prolific and criminally underated Brazilian conductor / composer / arranger. He has penned songs for samba tropicalia royalty such as Gal Costa, Jorge Ben, Azymuth, Ivan Lins & Tim Maia but a host of other smaller groups and projects. However, his greatest achievement is his self …

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