June 27, 2017

Record review: Burning Ghosts, "Reclamation" (Tzadik)

Progressive anger can blast down some ugly walls, and Burning Ghosts' new recording shows how to do it without saying a word (or firing a shot).

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June 17, 2017

L.A. previews June 23-29: Grex, Partch, Walter Smith III, Buster Williams, Ray plays Messiaen, George Bohanon, Elliott Caine, Wednesday 13, Fujii-Maki, Brightwork, Fit for an Autopsy.

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June 14, 2017

Record links: Suffocation, Larry Coryell, Ambrose Akinmusire.

The music of these three artists (one metal, two jazz) hits L.A. stages this week, and wouldn't you know they all have new recordings.

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May 30, 2017

Live review: Leni Stern African Trio with Adam Levy at Blue Guitar, May 25.

You never know whom you're gonna encounter at a Pasadena golf course, but a guitarist from Bavaria and a bassist and a drummer from Senegal rank low on the probability scale.

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May 24, 2017

Record review: Danzig, "Black Laden Crown" (Nuclear Blast)

Harmonic violations, naked humanity and at least one joke.

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May 16, 2017

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

The drums of war, redirected.

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May 11, 2017

Ponderation: Duke Ellington's transcendence.

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.

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.

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.

Communism and crucifixes.

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