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David Greenberger

Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden

by David Greenberger July 31, 2014

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Charlie Haden died on July 11, a month shy of his 77th birthday. His discography follows the shape of a life from restless, explorative young bass player, to confident middle age and its continuing new ...

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David Lindley

by David Greenberger June 12, 2014

  Last Friday’s performance by David Lindley at the Van Dyck was rich with the ephemeral architecture of music. One man, one stringed instrument, and every song he played created a palpable structure that dissipated in ...

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Best Concerts 2013: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 24, 2013

  1. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby Catskill, Feb. 16 Billed as the Homemade Aeroplane Concert, this was a house concert in their own house, the deep, narrow room reimagined as an airline, an apt metaphor for the ...

Best Recordings 2013: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 24, 2013

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  1. Boister Your Wound is Your Crown This album is full of ensemble grooves that spring forth like little parades, confident melodic character, and alluring propulsion. 2. Yo La Tengo Fade The simple four-letter-word title says so much. The trio, ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Music Books

by David Greenberger December 12, 2013

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  Memoirs, biographies, artfully rendered collections of photography and ephemera, and even a coloring book—it’s another season of music-themed books. Since it’s now been more than five decades since there’s been a year in which there was ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Music Through the Cracks

by David Greenberger December 12, 2013

  Another year, another slew of music that may have failed to find its sympathetic listener. Such is the fractured state of the musical marketplace as well as the sidelining of recorded music as a foreground ...

The Art of Preservation

by David Greenberger November 6, 2013

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  We live our life, follow our pursuits, and often only in hindsight is a pattern seen. There is a road from a pivotal juncture in the past to the current moment, filled with potent and ...

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Ian McLagan

by David Greenberger June 26, 2013

  Now in his late 60s, Ian McLagan has become one of the deeply resonant musicians he admired and was influenced by in his youth. It’s not that he sounds like those blues and R&B singers ...

David Lindley

by David Greenberger May 8, 2013

  “Artist” is among the words that have become wobbly to the point of needing legions of clarifying adjectives (incorrectly and overused words similarly being pummeled into uselessness include genius, hero, victim, and survivor). Meanwhile, the ...

Petra Haden

by David Greenberger April 11, 2013

  Petra Haden long ago surpassed the coolness factor of being one of the triplet daughters of jazz bassist Charlie Haden with a rich slew of musical endeavors. Most notable among these have been her multitracked ...

Gift Guide: CDs Off the Beaten Path

by David Greenberger December 6, 2012

While there’s access to more music than ever, the reality is that most new music has little chance of being heard outside of the following that already exists for it. With that in mind, here ...

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Gift Guide: Music Books

by David Greenberger December 6, 2012

There are musical biographies and memoirs aplenty this year. Top among them are two books that follow the artistic search and ascendancy of a pair of New Jersey-based acts: Bruce Springsteen and Yo La Tengo. ...

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The Ventures

by David Greenberger November 8, 2012

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I turned 13 when the Ventures’ Super Psychedelics album was released in June 1967, and I received it for my birthday. This marked my first encounter with the word psychedelic. I’d been following the Ventures ...

Sean Rowe

by David Greenberger August 16, 2012

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Last year, ANTI- reissued Sean Rowe’s 2009 Magic, and now comes his first recording created in the spotlight of that album’s success. The Salesman and the Shark makes subtle use of the opportunities that have ...

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Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby

by David Greenberger May 10, 2012

The 20 or so attendees at Valentine’s the Saturday before last already know, so this message is for everyone else: The next time Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby play in town, be one of those ...

Lee Feldman

by David Greenberger May 10, 2012

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Some 40 years ago, John Simon, largely on the strength of his successful work as a producer, was signed to Warner Bros. records and made two albums for them. The beautifully written songs were coupled ...

Randy Newman

by David Greenberger November 10, 2011

In 2003, the year he turned 60, Randy Newman released his Songbook Vol. 1. While eight years seems like a long time to return to the studio to reconsider songs from his own catalog, alone ...

Andrew Bird, Dosh

by David Greenberger October 20, 2011

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The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is ideally suited to acoustic music, designed and built in the pre-electronic era. While amplification is generally a necessary component in nonorchestral presentations, it was judiciously deployed in service ...

Jad Fair

by David Greenberger July 27, 2011

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Over the past 35 years, Jad Fair has managed to never lose his utter believability. That’s no small feat. Some call him a primitive, an intuitive, or an outsider, but none of those terms really ...

The High Llamas

by David Greenberger May 11, 2011

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Sean O’Hagan’s High Llamas are back after a four-year absence (during which time O’Hagan kept busy with numerous other projects). This is a world built upon the traditions of Van ...

Brad Shepik Quartet

by David Greenberger May 4, 2011

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Such is the shadow cast by Gary Burton’s quartets of the ’60s and early ’70s that any foursome of vibes, electric guitar, bass and drums can be seen as riding across ...

Vinicius Cantuária & Bill Frisell

by David Greenberger March 30, 2011

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LAGRIMAS MEXICANAS Restless explorer Bill Frisell has found a resonantly simpatico collaborator in Vinicius Cantuária. Frisell’s multiple guitars and loops are braided with Cantuária’s percussion, vocals and acoustic guitar. With both men questing beyond the music ...

Two Giants, Sitting

by David Greenberger February 9, 2011

With a simple announcement of “Ladies and gentlemen, John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett,” the two men strode out to center stage, taking their seats beside one another. Hiatt commenced the music with his “My Old ...

The Egg

Ben + Vesper

by David Greenberger January 19, 2011

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This second full-length release (there have also been some EPs) by Ben + Vesper is my entry point. I’ve heard nothing prior, but now most likely will, once I’m over being intrigued by the catchy ...

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Universal Doldrums

by David Greenberger January 12, 2011

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No longer affiliated with any label, Cowboy Junkies are flexing their muscles as they pass their 25th anniversary. They launched a series of four albums last year, the rest of which will be appearing over ...