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Live Trane

by J Frazzetta August 29th, 2012| Artist Review, Featured Artist, Music Opinions
When it comes to jazz or any genre of music, the gems that are the most rewarding are the live recordings and bootlegs.  There are some albums that I know better than the back of my own hand, Avid Reader, so when you listen to a live recording and hear the artist improvise it takes you off guard but makes you appreciate the musicianship.  This is a common trend in jazz, and you can hear it in any live recording if you stack it up against the original LP track.  I don’t have very many live albums that Coltrane
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Metric, Synthetica, 2012

by J Frazzetta August 27th, 2012| Album Review, Music Opinions, New Music
It took me a while to appreciate the nuances of Metric.  Since 2009’s release of Fantasies I heard "Help I’m Alive"and "Gold Guns Girls" everywhere, and at first I hated them, but something changed over time.  As bands like Paramore, Sleigh Bells and Wild Flag began to crop up the last few years my heart softened a bit and I realized that I had pigeonholed Metric.  This wasn’t the right move, and I wish I'd checked them out much sooner, but at least I can scoop up their back catalog for cheap.  To say the least, Avid Reader, they
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Baroness, Yellow & Green, 2012

by J Frazzetta August 22nd, 2012| Album Review, Music Opinions, New Music
From time to time I get email updates from various music sources talking about bands I’ve never heard of and albums to keep an eye out for in the coming weeks.  If a link is available to preview a track or at least gain some knowledge about the group I will follow a lead and see where it takes me; thus bringing me to this week’s review of Baroness.  I will say the name threw me for a minute, Avid Reader, as I was expecting some kind of opera based music --  and then when I realized they were
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Impulsive Legacy

by J Frazzetta August 20th, 2012| Artist Review, Featured Artist, Music Opinions
The final stage in Coltrane’s career starts around 1957 when he suffered a near fatal overdose of heroin.  In the liner notes for the 1964 album A Love Supreme he will claim to have had "a spiritual awakening" upon which he realized there was more to life than smack and that he should get back to the business of making music clean and sober.  Coltrane kicked his habit and moved into a phase that would change the jazz world forever.

During the early 60’s the label - impulse! – had sought out musicians like Coltrane who were expanding and experimenting
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Frank Ocean, Channel Orange, 2012

by J Frazzetta August 17th, 2012| Album Review, Music Opinions
A few weeks ago Frank Ocean made waves by declaring his first true love was a man; mere days after that one of the best R&B albums I’ve listened to in a long time dropped to the masses.  Ocean built up his reputation working with Watch the Throne, John Legend, Brandy and the rap collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All whose content doesn’t bode well with folks in the gay community or most human rights groups.  Yet on his second album Ocean bursts out with smooth jams that will make you turn the lights down, break out some candles and
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Three for the Money

by J Frazzetta August 15th, 2012| Album Review, Music Opinions
There has been a backlog on my desk, Avid Reader, and, as I’ve attended a few concerts this summer, I haven’t had time to review as many albums as I should have.  No matter, today we’re taking a look at three albums that have been staring at me for some time, and I want to tell you about them.  Ready or not here we go.

Beach HouseBloom – there are times I will walk through a box store and notice CD’s on sale, and if I’ve read about them, I might be apt to pick them up.  For
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All That Junk

by J Frazzetta August 13th, 2012| Artist Review, Featured Artist, Music Opinions
Before his time with Miles Davis, it is chronicled that John Coltrane dabbled with heroin in the 40's.  He didn’t become a full-fledged addict until the 50’s -- when he worked for Miles and, around the middle part of the decade, appeared as a session man for many other artists and also started to strike out on his own.  Although the usage of a drug like heroin is debilitating on many levels there are some that will argue, myself included, that the years he was using were some of the most fertile times of his career.  Let me clarify
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Gentlemen of the Road

by J Frazzetta August 7th, 2012| Concert Review, Music Opinions
Portland, Maine is a wonderful city and this was an excellent occasion to be out on the town.  A friend of mine had an extra ticket for the first of four stops Mumford & Sons were making on their Gentlemen of the Road tour this summer.

The festival started at noon with music starting at 2 pm.  We didn’t get there until the middle of the afternoon but there was plenty to see and hear.  The set up was great as the Eastern Promenade was covered with people, 15,000 or so, and had two adjoining stages to alternate for
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Riding That Trane

by J Frazzetta August 6th, 2012| Artist Review, Featured Artist, Music Opinions
Up until Monday and Tuesday May 22-23, 2000 my music life consisted of a few simple ingredients: guitars, drums and vocals.  It had to be loud, it had to be fast and it had to make me want to bang my head.  So how did jazz make it into my lexicon?  Like so many high schools across the country, my high school often had a spring variety show where folks could audition and perform a song, a bit or some kind of talent on stage for two nights.  This particular year a friend of mine was hosting and other
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On The Side

by J Frazzetta August 3rd, 2012| Artist Review, Featured Artist, Music Opinions
Everyone has to start somewhere, Avid Reader, and learn a few things.  Born September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina, John Coltrane would record some of his earliest work in the 40’s while serving in the Navy.  He had been playing alto saxophone for some time and switched over to tenor while playing with Eddie Vinson, and it was in June 1945, after seeing Charlie "Bird" Parker play a show that he transformed his focus and sound.  The later part of the decade, Trane and Bird would play shows together.  Trane pulled much from Bird, but it was his
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The Offspring, Hampton Beach, 7/25/12

by J Frazzetta July 30th, 2012| Concert Review, Music Opinions
Almost a month ago I was at Hampton for a show and could have fallen asleep standing up.  Last Wednesday, Avid Reader, the tables had turned and I didn’t have time to think of sleep.  Dancing that fine line between hardcore punk and metal; The Offspring were one of those bands that drew in a diverse crowd of listeners.  They weren’t too heavy and just fast enough to bring in metal kids and punk kids -- plus their songs were so catchy it was hard not to like them.  At this show you could see the various groups
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Forgive Up the Past

by J Frazzetta July 24th, 2012| Album Review, Artist Review, Featured Artist, Music Opinions
When we last left off, the Pumpkins were doing their farewell tour in 2000.  After this we see the band break up, start up several different projects and collaborations before trying to reform in 2007 for another album.  Corgan and Chamberlain would be the original members heard on Zeitgeist, the album that put a dagger in the heart of the old Smashing Pumpkins.  Then in 2009, Chamberlain left the band to be replaced by a new drummer to match all the other new members that Corgan pulled together.  At this point the idea of the Pumpkins for me were
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