October 2, 2015

L.A. previews October 2-8: Yosvany Terry, Van Halen, Scorpions, Motoko Honda/Vanessa Vo, Jeff Parker, Xenog/Baiza/G&G, Anthony Shadduck, Geoffrey Keezer, Nick Mancini, Spy Car/Aplanalp/Noice, Phil Woods R.I.P.

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Live review: Mark Dresser Quintet, Lisa Mezzacappa's Glorious Ravage at REDCAT (Angel City Jazz Fest), September 28.

Explorations of the wild and the mind.

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September 24, 2015

Record and movie ponderation: Keith Richards, "Crosseyed Heart" (Mindless/Republic) and "Under the Influence" documentary.

Keith Richards doesn't dig rock, he likes the roll. Throughout "Crosseyed Heart" -- an easy ride of riffs, roots and grooves -- he lives up to his roll models.

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September 12, 2015

Live review: Kenny Burrell & L.A. Jazz Orchestra Unlimited at LACMA, September 4.

The museum honored the livin' calluses out of Kenny Burrell with its Jazz Treasure Award. He responded by loading the patio boards with a big-ass band to co-honor Billy Strayhorn's 100th birthday.

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August 27, 2015

Record reviews: Scott Amendola and Thollem McDonas (both with Nels Cline).

Sift genius, add Nels, mix well.

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August 19, 2015

Live review: Reggae Night featuring Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Inner Circle, Skatalites at Hollywood Bowl, August 15.

I gotta stop pretending that rhythmic sophistication is good or useful. Especially in a big outdoor concert.

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July 28, 2015

Ponderation: Kamasi Washington at Grand Performances, July 25.

Jazz, hip-hop and the L.A. uprisings of 1965, 1992 and 201?.

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July 8, 2015

Culture clash: Fireworks vs. music at Los Angeles Coliseum, July 4.

American sport acts as a healthy yet zesty outlet for our aggression.

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July 2, 2015

Record review: Trashbeat, Chrome, Tripp Kulture, The Shades, "Bubbling Up From Underground: The State of the Art-Rock Pt 1 (Rock & Roll, Art-Rock, Dance-Punk, Post-Alternative)" (Major Records)

Walking through Hollywood on a Sunday morning, I spied a fella in Spandex pants, lying in the gutter. He rolled up bloodshot eyes and proposed a choice in exchange for a $10 donation: He would either blow me or give me a cassette.

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June 23, 2015

Snapshots: Warped Tour at Ventura Fairgrounds, June 21.

Never got to a Warped Tour event before; had not been young enough.

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