Author Archives: John Rieger

Manda Mosher: Everything You Need

Manda Mosher’s debut CD, "Everything You Need," showcases a seasoned writer and vocalist whose heartfelt songs trace a path of a young woman coming into her own. Mosher has a relaxed, even sultry voice, and her songs – in contemporary … Continue reading

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Mickey Hart: Mondo Head

Mickey Hart has been a path-breaking percussionist for years. A former Grateful Dead member, he is known for bringing together players from a mix of traditions and creating dramatic new fusions. "Mondo Head," the CD he produced and played on … Continue reading

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Alan Silvestri: Cast Away

Alan Silvestri is an accomplished film composer who’s credits include some of the best-known movies in recent years. Many of those films – Cast Away, What Lies Beneath, Contact, Forrest Gump, Back to the Future – were directed by Robert … Continue reading

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Mark Erelli: Compass and Companion

Singer/Songwriter Mark Erelli crafts songs with a confidence and maturity that belie his years. On "Compass & Companion", his second record, Erelli’s compelling voice and unfailing melodic sense range over the territory of life and love in styles from earnest … Continue reading

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KRS-ONE: The Sneak Attack

"I only speak when I have to speak," says MC KRS-ONE, who rose from living on the streets at age 15 to become one of the most respected MC’s in hip-hop. "The Teacher," as he calls himself, has much to … Continue reading

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Aceyalone: Accepted Eclectic

L.A. Hip-Hop veteran Aceyalone hints that he just knocked this one off, but take a close listen to Accepted Eclectic. Acey’s insights are original, his rhymes are deft, and he projects a powerful presence over some intriguing and challenging beats. … Continue reading

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The Buddy Collette Big Band in Concert: The Music of Buddy Collette

Reed man and bandleader Buddy Collette is a jazz institution. A member of the legendary Chico Hamilton Quintet in the mid-fifties, he’s also known as an educator who fostered the careers of Charles Mingus and Eric Dolphy. The concert captured … Continue reading

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Tony Touch: The Piece Maker

On his first legit CD, DJ and mix-tape legend Tony Touch does it all, producing, mixing, scratching and rhyming, all with his own distinctive "Nuyorican" flavor. He’s the consummate collaborator: everyone respects Tony Toca, and "The Piece Maker" features contributions … Continue reading

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Haystak: Car Fulla White Boys

Haystak Mak Million hails from Nashville’s south side, where he grew up in a trailer park "on the wrong side of the tracks." Add a teenage prison term and you’ve got a hard-core rapper who’s as street as he needs … Continue reading

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Outsiderz 4 Life: Outsiderz 4 Life

These five young men from Newport News, Virginia, love to sing. One-time proteges of R&B stars Boyz II Men, they missed out on instant fame, but used the intervening years to hone their singing and songwriting. Their debut album, produced … Continue reading

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