May 19, 2017

L.A. previews May 19-25: Benn Clatworthy, Chucho Valdes, Microfest, Shining, Dan Schnelle, Orkestar Mézé, Nick Mancini, Robin Trower, Living Colour, Leni Stern.

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May 16, 2017

Live review: PJ Harvey at the Greek Theater, May 12.

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The drums of war, redirected.

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May 11, 2017

Ponderation: Duke Ellington's transcendence.

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The other day a generous person was telling me about transcendence – the move past anger, pain, grief, to a universal plane. The topic raised thoughts of Duke Ellington.

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April 27, 2017

Record reviews: Deep Purple, Procol Harum, Gnothi Grey.

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Deep Purple, Procol Harum and Gnothi Grey all got started in the hallowed 1960s, and this month they (or what's left of them) all spewed rare new albums of original material. Raise the glass and pass the hankie.

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April 17, 2017

Live review: Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams at Royce Hall, April 14.

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Recognizing at 79 that he’s become a rare depository of American music, Charles Lloyd is taking a step down from his cloud to emphasize the soil we share.

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April 11, 2017

Scene: Afro-Cubanism in Cuba.

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Communism and crucifixes.

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March 23, 2017

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

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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.

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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.

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You never know what's coming.

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March 3, 2017

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

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

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