Yearly Archives: 2002

Tom Paxton: Looking for the Moon

Tom Paxton has spent his life in folk music. On "Waiting for the Moon," he presents the musical equivalent of a family photo album. The songs are filled with intimacy, joy, sorrow and the accumulated perspectives and reflections of a … Continue reading

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Daron Hagen and Paul Muldoon: Vera of Las Vegas

"Vera of Las Vegas" is an entertaining and provocative opera by Composer Daron Hagen and Librettist Paul Muldoon. The clever story mixes sleazy culture and big questions, while the contemporary music has many references to 20th century pop and stage … Continue reading

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Tom Burris: For Sale

"For Sale" is Tom Burris’ first recording since the lead singer of Jabbering Trout embarked on a solo career. Burris is thoughtful writer with a subversive streak – his lyrics can be taken at face value but there’s more to … Continue reading

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Echo: Echo

Echo is singer/keyboardist/composer Joy Askew, trumpeter/ composer Takuya Nakamura and guitarist Mark Wood. Their compelling and intriguing music is electronic jazz–standards and originals set to an intriguing mix of sonic pads and composed tracks. By merging the classic and cutting-edge, … Continue reading

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Abenaa: Tuesday’s Child

Abenaa is a talented singer-songwriter whose soul- and rock-inflected debut offers glimpses into her personal search for meaning and inspiration. "My songs educate me about where my life is at the moment," Abenaa says – and it’s true. The CD, … Continue reading

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Jen Chapin and Stephan Crump: Open Wide

Jen Chapin’s and Stephan Crump’s recording debut, "Open Wide," is a distinctive musical pairing of her voice and his acoustic bass. Their sound is often described as ‘urban folk,’ but that description doesn’t quite do justice to Chapin’s singing or … Continue reading

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Yohimbe Brothers: Front End Lifter

Guitarist Vernon Reid, D.J. Logic and their many musical friends are the Yohimbe Brothers, a new group playing a futuristic mix of funk, hip hop, rock, jazz and electronic music. Their CD, "Front End Lifter," is an upbeat collection of … Continue reading

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Chris Whitley: Long Way Around: An Anthology 1991-2001

Chris Whitley doesn’t consider himself a singer, or a songwriter, or a guitar player – even though that’s what he does. He’d call himself an ‘expressionist,’ akin to those early 20th century painters who wanted to evoke deeper feelings than … Continue reading

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Eleanor McEvoy: Yola

Eleanor McEvoy is one of Ireland’s best-known contemporary singer-songwriters. Not only does she have a fabulous voice, but her writing is unusually vivid – describing scenes and emotional exchanges from real life. "Yola" was produced by McEvoy and Brian Connor, … Continue reading

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Maysa: Out of the Blue

Maysa Leak is a notable jazz-and-soul singer who says she simply decided to record songs that moved her on her latest CD, "Out of the Blue." She first became known for her singing with "Incognito," but has branched out to … Continue reading

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