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Dec
25
2017

2017 Year in Review: Recorded Music

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All artists are poachers, thieves and cannibals. They pinch ideas, polish up different facets and call them their own. The malaise into which music of all stripes has been sliding for 30 years is that cannibalising what has gone before is now just about all that happens, with precious few people have the daring and […]

Dec
19
2017

Stefano Bollani Trio album

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JAZZ AT BERLIN PHILHARMONIC – MEDITERRANEO (ACT/Planet) 8.5/10 Collaborations between jazz musicians and orchestras generally flatter neither party. The classical players, who signed on to perform Mozart and Mahler, are reduced to playing lame backgrounds, while the jazz players are straightjacketed by the surrounding inflexibility. This album breaks that mould, in the process drawing together […]

Dec
17
2017

King Crimson album

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LIVE IN CHICAGO (DGM) 9/10 Has there ever been a more polarising band? Revered or reviled with no mid-ground, King Crimson has had nine incarnations across 48 years with guitarist Robert Fripp the sole common denominator. It has performed a greater breadth of music than any band in rock history: from symphonic to psychedelic via […]

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