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Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

by Jeff Nania July 2, 2015

  One thing that the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival consistently does well is put together a weekend of diverse performances. From the cutting-edge NYC fusion of trumpeter-congero Etienne Charles’ group at the gazebo to the down-home ...

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Solid Sound Festival

by Mike Hotter July 2, 2015

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  Last weekend’s Solid Sound Festival, the Wilco-curated music, comedy and art event now in it’s fourth incarnation, was impressive first and foremost for the beauty of its surroundings, which included that transporting mix of art ...

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Marc-André Hamelin, the Takács Quartet

by B.A. Nilsson June 25, 2015

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  Classical music loves specialists, or, to put it a better way, is most comfortable with performers who are easy to pigeonhole. Pianist Marc-André Hamelin has made a career of resisting such definition, and underscores this ...

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Charlie Hunter Trio

by Jeff Nania June 25, 2015

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  Let the Bells Ring On is the latest in guitarist Charlie Hunter’s practical oeuvre of work. He is joined by drummer Bobby Previte and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes for a unique trio sound that conjures a ...

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Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion

by Paul Rapp June 18, 2015

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  What I owe to Ginger Baker is immeasurable. Suffice it to say that in my early teens I, along with a generation of players, absorbed all of those Cream records, especially the live ones with ...

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The Lioness and the Lion

by Tim Mack June 11, 2015

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Walking by the man with the stuffed monkey on his shoulders and past the other man in a clown costume, rounding the corner in the rainbow vendor village by the Govt. Mule merch tent and ...

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Mew

by David King June 11, 2015

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  Just about everything Danish indie prog rockers Mew write is catchy. If they had the mind to strip their songs down, stop style hopping and embrace their poppier instincts, they'd have a much easier go ...

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Ran Blake

by David Greenberger June 11, 2015

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  At 80 years old, Ran Blake and his musical character continue to deepen in gentle abstractions. This album’s title is apt, as Blake has always sought the elusive nature of fading notes, letting harmonics decay ...

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Andrew Russo, James Ehnes and the Albany Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Alan Miller

by B.A. Nilsson June 6, 2015

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  The music of Aaron Jay Kernis doesn’t immediately suggest his influences, which only supports the charming, puzzling problem of his uniqueness. You can hear some Arvo Pärt in the second of his “Three Flavors,” a ...

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Bell Witch

by David King June 6, 2015

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  Bell Witch undoubtedly would land a premier spot on Head and Bangers’ Top 10 Economical Bands List. The Seattle duo do more with a bass and drum kit on Four Phantoms than most metal bands ...

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Metz

by David King June 6, 2015

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  It makes a lot of sense that Toronto’s Metz are signed to Sub Pop: Frontman Alex Edkins insists they are punk in the same way that Kurt Cobain maintained the same despite his pop leanings ...

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The Pixies, TV on the Radio, John Grant

by David King May 28, 2015

  “Wave of Mutilation," "Break my Body," "Monkey Gone to Heaven." That was the opening lineup for the Pixies on Friday night at the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown. It was a powerful reminder that it was ...

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Blur

by David King May 21, 2015

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  On April 17, 2010, Blur released a track called “Fool's Day,” a fuzzy reintroduction to the band who hadn't released a song since 2002. It felt like the band had recently been awakened for school ...

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Spuyten Duyvil

by B.A. Nilsson May 21, 2015

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  Spuyten Duyvil know the Great American Songbook. Not that Great American Songbook, but the earlier one that was given to us by Harry Smith in his Anthology of American Folk Music, giving us a glimpse ...

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Local H

by David King May 21, 2015

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  “Your white-boy blues is a joke," sings Scott Lucas on "The Last Picture Show in Zion," a sludgy stomp that kicks off the band's crowd-funded new disc--their eighth studio album. Its a marvel, if not ...

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At Home in Sacred Space

by Stephen Leon May 14, 2015

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  When Sarah Craig left her job running a nonprofit in Cambridge, Mass., to settle with her new husband in rural Washington County, N.Y., she was looking forward to the change. “I got up here, and I ...

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On The Town

by B.A. Nilsson May 7, 2015

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  When Hollywood came calling to put On the Town on film, it gave the show a wonderful cast, headlined by Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, and included terrific location work, rare for a movie in ...

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Nelson Esposito Quintana

by Mike Hotter May 7, 2015

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  Closing in on five years after the release of Here, longtime area guitar ace Todd Nelson’s debut as a solo artist, the one-time member of semi-legendary Albany new wave outfits the Units and Fear of ...

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The Funky Meters

by Jeff Nania May 4, 2015

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  The smiles, grins, and knowing looks shared between Art Neville and George Porter Jr. are the kind that can come only from making music with somebody for more than 60 years. At various times throughout the ...

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Kenny Chesney

by Tim Mack May 4, 2015

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  One of Kenny Chesney’s guitarists wore a Dark Side of the Moon T-shirt at the Times Union Center last Thursday night. Perhaps a more appropriate Pink Floyd choice would have been Welcome to the Machine. Chesney, ...

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Stone Jack Jones

by David Greenberger February 26, 2015

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  Raised in West Virginia and now living in Nashville, Stone Jack Jones has brought forth his second album, close on the heels of last year’s Ancestor. The 10 songs on Love & Torture are again ...

The Mavericks

by Tim Mack February 26, 2015

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  They shouldn’t be this happy. This should be their joyless, introspective “dark” album full of loss and regret. Instead, it’s the best dance album you’ve heard this year, and better yet, it sounds like a band ...

Various Artists

by B.A. Nilsson February 26, 2015

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  Seeking the living heritage of American song, John Lomax visited a number of Southern prisons in 1933 with recording gear in tow. Not the most dignified of scholars—Lomax had a racist streak that supported his ...

Cyrille Aimée

by Tim Mack February 20, 2015

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  It was the hippest birthday party in all of downtown. And if you were there, it means you can tell your friends you’ve sung with a celebrated French jazz star. Cyrille Aimée, the acclaimed singer and SUNY ...

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Roomful of Teeth

by David Greenberger February 20, 2015

  Roomful of Teeth are an ensemble of eight classically trained singers, founded six years ago and dedicated to exploring vocal techniques from around the world. Indeed, that is what they do to a remarkable degree. ...

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