Monthly Archives: November 2000

Peter Case: Flying Saucer Blues

Peter Case is a veteran of the punk-power pop scene of the late 70’s and early 80’s. He played with The Nerves and had a hit with the Plimsouls. By 1986 Case embarked on a solo career that has produced … Continue reading

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Mat Maneri Quartet: Blue Decco

In the ’60s, jazz took a turn toward rock and there was fusion. Now violinist Mat Maneri leads a quartet of New York’s finest improvisors in a spirited update of pre-fusion ’60s jazz, paying homage to such legends as Eric … Continue reading

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Plena Libre: Mas Libre

Since 1994, Gary Nuñez and Plena Libre have almost single-handedly rescued Puerto Rico’s national rhythm, Plena, from obscurity and placed it solidly on the Latin charts. The tight, thirteen-piece orchestra’s eighth release, “Mas Libre”, deftly transforms this once-rural folk form … Continue reading

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Porter Wagoner: The Best I’ve Ever Been

With a career spanning fifty-plus years, a long-running TV show (with Dolly Parton), a host of number one songs, and a slot on the Grand Ole Opry, it might seem a little risky to release an album called "The Best … Continue reading

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Marshall Crenshaw: This Is Easy—The Best of Marshall Crenshaw

Marshall Crenshaw may be one of America’s best pop songwriters. Raised in Detroit, Crenshaw was strongly influenced by the wide range of musical styles prevalent there in the 60’s and 70’s. The self-effacing Crenshaw had a hit with the perennial … Continue reading

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Grandaddy: Sophtware Slump

The second album from Grandaddy is a loose indie-rock suite about the sad, fleeting and sometimes funny nature of technology. On Sophtware Slump, songwriter Jason Lytle has created an album filled with loping tempos, ironic lyrics and mellow, if not … Continue reading

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A: Monkey Kong

A is an exciting British rock band that’s played to stadiums in Europe with the Bloodhound Gang. They play hard-charging, punk-influenced rock, but add pop harmonies and dynamics that recall the early Police. Three of the band’s members are brothers, … Continue reading

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Alf Clausen: Go Simpsonic with the Simpsons

In two collections of music from “The Simpsons”, “Songs in the Key of Springfield” and “Go Simpsonic with the Simpsons”, music director Alf Clausen gives a master class in composing for television. An admirer of Nelson Riddle and Henry Mancini, … Continue reading

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Anne McCue: Amazing Ordinary Things

Australian-born Anne McCue began her career as a rock guitarist but turned to studying jazz and songwriting. She started singing so her songs could be performed, and in the process discovered she had a rich and distinctive voice. Her debut … Continue reading

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The Clayton Brothers: Siblingity

There was the Clayton Brothers Quartet, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra; now the Clayton Brothers, John (bass) and Jeff (saxophone), have added a quintet to their jazz incarnations. They’ve also added a word to the English language: for more on … Continue reading

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