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January 22, 2014 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Lennox Theatre, January 19 Orquesta Típica Fernández Fierro is to tango what Nigel Kennedy is to classical music. The 13 members dress in jeans or shorts, tee-shirts or singlets, and sport assorted shades, dreadlocks or baseball caps. Their leader and double bassist, Yuri Venturín, has an amplifier and speakers to…

January 21, 2014 / Concert Reviews - Archive

State Theatre, January 18  Perhaps it’s the absence of gravity, but exploring outer space via the music of Sun Ra for 57 years has made Marshall Allen the youngest 89-year-old man I’ve seen. Each time he detonated the incendiary device known as his alto saxophone the State Theatre’s glorious ceiling…

January 21, 2014 / Album Reviews - Archive

Live in Latin America Vol. 1 (FMR) This project was perfectly titled, given that the weave of percussion instruments provides a backdrop in constant flux both texturally and rhythmically, as if affected by the play of light or the direction of the wind. It is a mouth-watering fabric of sound…