Monthly Archives: July 2000

Mick Taylor: A Stone’s Throw

Mick Taylor’s first solo album in 20 years showcases the new levels he’s reached in his blues- and jazz-influenced playing and songwriting. The former Rolling Stones guitarist says the recording is his most satisfying and creative to date. Released: 2/2/2000 … Continue reading

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Unified Theory: Unified Theory

Unified Theory is an exciting new rock band with former members of Blind Melon and Pearl Jam. Led by lead vocalist Chris Shinn, the group’s major label debut features lush sounds, dramatic dynamics and personal lyrics, sung with flair and … Continue reading

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Cali Agents: How the West Was One

Veterans of the West Coast Underground scene, MC’s Rasco and Planet Asia keep the beats strong and simple and the message direct on their debut LP as collaborators. There’s menace in the mic work, but there’s mischief too, as this … Continue reading

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Zen Tricksters: A Love Surreal

The title evokes John Coltrane and his spirit of free improvisation. The Zen Trickster’s songs and jams, and their sense of community, reflect the influence of the Grateful Dead. Released: 12/1/1999 Label: Safari Records Visit Artist’s Website… Genre: Rock All … Continue reading

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Robert Stewart: The Force

Saxophonist Robert Stewart is widely regarded as an emerging force in jazz; here he explores The Force that guides his own life, paying homage to his spiritual roots. Released: 3/24/1999 Label: Warner Bros Genre: Jazz All Robert Stewart profiles… The … Continue reading

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Steve Morse: Major Impacts

Guitar ace Steve Morse issues an album of eleven original songs, each emulating the sound and style of a guitarist who had a major impact on his playing. Morse steps into the stylistic shoes of such legends as Jimi Hendrix, … Continue reading

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Joe Lovano: 52nd Street Themes

Bop lives. Tenor man Joe Lovano and friends blow tributes to its birthplace, the storied nightclub scene in postwar midtown Manhattan, where Diz, Byrd, Miles, and Billie took music to places it had never been before. Released: 4/25/2000 Label: Blue … Continue reading

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Rhonda Vincent: Back Home Again

After a frustrating period lost in Nashville’s star-making machinery, Rhonda Vincent’s “Back Home Again” marks her return to the music she loves most. Her singing has been characterized as too bluegrass for country and too country for bluegrass–in other words, … Continue reading

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Slaid Cleaves: Broke Down

Singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves blends a wry world view with a classic mournful sensibility on “Broke Down”. Produced by Lucinda Williams’ former guitarist Gurf Morlix, the album features Cleaves gritty and melodic vocals, and Morlix’s spare guitar work. Released: 1/25/2000 Label: … Continue reading

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Natalie MacMaster: In My Hands

At 27, Natalie MacMaster is rapidly building a reputation as a world class fiddle player. Rooted in the vibrant musical traditions of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, her album, “In My Hands,” artfully blends street grooves with square dance rhythms. Released: … Continue reading

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