March 24, 2017

L.A. previews March 24-30: Kendrick Scott, Kenny Aronoff, Coryell tribute, Azar Lawrence, Dumpstaphunk, Oathbreaker, New Language.

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March 23, 2017

Record review: Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra, "Oceans of Vows" (Cryptogramophone)

Folks sometimes err in thinking that the spirit must exclude human meat.

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March 7, 2017

Celebration: Improviganza for 20 years of Sunday Evening Concerts at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, March 5.

It was 20 years ago today / Cline and Salmon brought the weird to play

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Live review: Nick Mancini Septet at the Blue Whale, March 4.

You never know what's coming.

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March 3, 2017

Record review: Cosmosquad, "The Morbid Tango" (Junkman)

It's easy to be crazy, but the true achievement is channeling your craziness into vital, coherent, exciting art.

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February 28, 2017

Scene: Opening for "BlackMusic BlackWork" exhibit at the California Jazz and Blues Museum, February 23.

Things ain't what they used to be, but they ain't what they could be.

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February 23, 2017

Record review: Immolation, "Atonement" (Nuclear Blast)

"Atonement" is a death-metal landmark for Immolation. No need to belabor the point; they didn't.

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February 14, 2017

Ponderation: Metallica with Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards.

Now that all the musics have been stuck in a blender and whirled around, we need to listen fresh. Was that Fishbone or Blind Lemon? The Honeydrippers or the Sugar Hill Gang? Merengue or meringue?

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February 10, 2017

Record review: Black Star Riders, "Heavy Fire" (Nuclear Blast)

If '70s hard rock is a wreck at the bottom of the English Channel, it can still look mighty cool as all them twisty barnacles continue to grow all over the masts.

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February 3, 2017

Greatest hits: 10 years of Ornette Coleman, Dimmu Borgir, Disney vs. devil, Moses' foreskin and more.

The tolling of a decade is the proper occasion to look back on some of the most popular MetalJazz entries.

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