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	David S. Ware Quartet: Freedom Suite

In 1956, Sonny Rollins was one of the best-known tenor saxophonists in jazz, having recorded and released two wonderful and classic jazz albums, Saxophone Colossus and

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	Kitty Wells: The Best of Kitty Wells: The Millennium Collection (20th Century Masters)

The Millennium Collection is often a hit and miss affair. Artists who have more than a dozen memorable songs or hit singles often have single

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6 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Vitesse: You Win Again, Gravity!

If you’re between the ages of 21 and 40, there’s a good chance you’ve been forwarded one of those “You know you’re a

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6 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Sinéad O’Connor: Sean-Nos Nua

Sinead O’Connor has always done what she wanted to. For anyone in the music industry who’s made more than one album, that’s

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	Bob Marley & The Wailers: Rastaman Vibration: Deluxe Edition

It’s difficult to approach Bob Marley’s legacy with any sense of objectivity. While there’s no denying the infectious positivity of his music

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6 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Music: self-titled

I had a dream about The Music. No: I had a memory. It was the middle of last year, when a devious Capitol Records intern

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6 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	K-Ci & JoJo: Emotional

With rumors circulating about a Jodeci reunion release dropping later this year about as rampant as alcohol/drug related arrests in the Bush family, you

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6 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	John Creamer & Stephane K: Bedrock Remixed and Compiled

Maybe it’s that I’ve gotten older and the club kid in me doesn’t want to dance the way it used to when

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	Chitlin Fooks: Did It Again

About 10 years ago, that beautiful country chanteuse K.T. Oslin sang a song called “I Don’t Remember Your Name (But I Remember You)” for

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6 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

While the outlandish villains, the out-of-this-world science, and the clobberin' remain, at its core this is a book about how four people can live, and love, and interact as a family, with all the pains and joys that brings.

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These are the detectives that hurry to a crime scene after Batman's already done his (and their) job.

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6 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

While the trappings may be ninjas and super-powers, at its core, this is a book about love and loss.

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6 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Tully (2002)

Locating its story of familial disquiet in the locus of the American myth, Tully doesn't quite go so far as to debunk the idealized heartland.

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6 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Shanghai Ghetto (2002)

A potentially prosaic documentary manages fresh insight.

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6 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Shanghai Knights (2003)

Its self-conscious use of the buddy genre's well known predilection for homoerotic/homophobic patterns is cute.

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6 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Max (2002)

Max is less concerned with making Hitler sympathetic, or even very specific, than it is in using him to illustrate a series of ideas.

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6 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2002)

A subtle and reverent look at one of America's most important -- and often forgotten -- filmmakers.

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

She's so cute, he's so cute, everyone's so cute.

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The chance to revisit these albums is not likely to result in any critical reevaluation, but at least it's a chance to enjoy a boldly experimental phase in the career of one of rock's most intriguing artists.

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5 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

The false notion that culture exported worldwide is an American invention has been swept into the historical soup of misconception, along with famous fallacies such as Aryan supremacy and the glories of Stalinism or Maoism.

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5 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Such killers are convinced that they are more honest and open about their desires and, thus, morally superior.

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4 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Sea and Cake: One Bedroom

Through years of scientific testing and intellectual deduction, I have come to realize that are essentially three audiences for music reviews. The first group is

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	Parker and Lily: Here Comes Winter

The longstanding relationship between suffering and art has yielded a cornucopia of beautiful and pristine treasures over the centuries. Of these, a great majority of

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	Bill Laswell: Book of Exit: Dub Chamber 4

Bill Laswell’s experimental dub series concludes with Book of Exit, a recording that seamlessly blends dub with Eastern music. Produced and arranged by Laswell,

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	Bob Geldof: Sex, Age & Death

Before he was Saint Bob (and later officially anointed Sir Bob), he was Loudmouth Bob, the garrulous front man for punkers the Boomtown Rats, who

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	EL-P: Fandam Plus: Instrumentals, Remixes, Lyrics & Video

Historically instrumental hip-hop albums have been geared toward DJ’s. While instrumental versions of nearly every hip-hop recording exist, they are generally on vinyl and

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	Walter Egan: Apocalypso Now

Walter Egan has been around the musical block more than once. After having one of his songs, “Hearts on Fire”, recorded by Gram Parsons and

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4 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Chris Emerson: Tourist

You might not know Chris Emerson, but if you’re a fan of the television series Dawson’s Creek, the song “All Because of You”

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	Dissent: Bleeding Together

Dissent is a group impossible to categorize. While the ten-piece band’s sound is often labeled as funk or acid jazz, there are moments on

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	Death Cab for Cutie: You Can Play These Songs With Chords

Once upon a time, in the sleepy little town of Bellingham, Washington, there existed a little pop band by the name of Pinwheel. They were

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	MC Paul Barman: Paullelujah!

Making funny records brings its own set of unique risks. It’s easy to make someone laugh once, despite themselves, when their friends aren’t

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4 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Super Bowl exemplified the star-spangled ethos of a nation, glossed over and wrapped up in a monumental production.

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Nell Carter, who died January 23 at age 54, will be remembered by many for her tough-as-nails, but also motherly and loving housekeeper, Nell Harper on the NBC sitcom Gimme a Break!.

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4 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Veritas: The Quest

Father-son dynamics are the driving dramatic force of Veritas.

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4 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Kingpin

La Corporación is big-time business -- regular, deliberate, inexorable.

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4 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Dragnet

Dragnet's best moments belong to Friday and Smith, and have little to do with this investigation.

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2 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

Nickel Creek: This Side

In the haste to make an all-encompassing statement, Nickel Creek sacrifices a little too much simplicity.

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2 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: A Salute to the Delta Blues Masters

A Salute to the Delta Blues Masters is a newly packaged set featuring today’s blues artists performing the songs of Robert Johnson, Charley Patton,

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2 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Parasol’s Sweet Sixteen, Volume 6

Parasol’s Sweet Sixteen, Volume 6 is the latest installment in an ongoing series of compilations showcasing bands from Parasol Records’ stable of labels (which include

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	Zwan: Mary Star of the Sea

We lost Billy Corgan long ago and he’s never coming back. Give it up. The day he donned his black frock, the Smashing Pumpkins

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2 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Pacer: Big Buildings, Small Stars

From what I can tell, the Eskimo Kiss label is pretty darned good. Audio Explorations’ last fantastic album, ActionReaction, was released on the imprint, and

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	George Jones: Love Songs

Where to start? Well, this coming April will see country legend George Jones touring outside the United States for the last time as he does

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2 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Mike Johnson: What Would You Do

Mike Johnson is one of those inveterate scenesters who seems to know everybody without making much of a fuss about anybody knowing him. Play six

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2 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Hope Conspiracy: Endnote

Although citing the Smiths as an influential touchstone attempts to veer this steam rolling quartet onto a different path, Endnote is undeniably the sound of

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2 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Charlie Haden with Michael Brecker: American Dreams

Who among us can deny the sentimental stylings of Steven Bishop? In 1985, I know you were singing along to Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin’s

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2 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Peter Case: Beeline

If Peter Case had never entered a recording studio again after 1983, he’d still be lauded in most circles nowadays for having put pen to

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2 Feb 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Aquanote: The Pearl

It would have been the easiest thing in the world for Gabriel Rene, the man behind Aquanote, to ride the coattails of his Naked Music

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City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002)

Delves into daily traumas and fears, the bleak hierarchies of power, race, and desire that structure life in the projects.

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31 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

Biker Boyz (2003)

Amid all the conventional movie dazzle, Biker Boyz's most important idea is the bike.

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	Various Artists: Rough Guide to the Music of Mexico

The Rough Guides to The Music of … are always a great beginning for anyone wanting to explore music from different areas of the world. I

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30 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Mollie’s Mix

Advertised as their “annual meet-the-roster release”, Kill Rock Stars’ Mollie’s Mix trots out mainly previously released tracks from 20 of the label’s most ear-catching

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	Various Artists: Little Darla Has a Treat for You, Vol. 19: Wake Up Gay in the Morning!

As label compilations go, the Darla label has managed to turn their Little Darla Has a Treat for You series into one of the most

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	Various Artists: Hey, Bo Diddley!: A Tribute

This is, at least, an original way to pay homage to that great American named Ellas McDaniel, who is also known as Bo Diddley, and

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Robert Pollard: Motel of Fools

The more time you spend with Motel of Fools, the more all of these feelings of incompleteness begin to make sense.

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30 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Out Hud: S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D.

Hearing dub for the first time in any surroundings is a unique experience, since the musical qualities of the genre have two separate (and, let’

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30 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Orb: Back to Mine

A good music mix goes beyond the ego that all too often clouds the judgment of artists as they assemble tracks for their album releases.

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30 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Elton John: Greatest Hits 1970-2002

It feels pretty pointless to recount Elton John’s achievements. You know how many hits Elton John has had. You know which songs of his

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30 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Hot Club of Cowtown: Ghost Train

Never has a band been more aptly named than the Hot Club of Cowtown. They are one part Django Reinhardt’s and Stephane Grappelli’s

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	Cabaret Voltaire: The Original Sound of Sheffield ‘78/‘82 Best Of

Wait a sec, aren’t there two original sounds of Sheffield? On the one hand, you had Def Leppard, a buncha sloppy, hungry teenagers who

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	The Aluminum Group: Happyness

It’s hard to get excited about a band like the Aluminum Group. Their lush little bliss-pop ditties are so breezy, so innocuous, so squeaky-clean,

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30 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Recruit (2003)

For all its protests to the contrary, in this movie, everything is exactly what it seems.

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It All Starts Today (Ca Commence Aujourd’hui) (2000)

So physically vigorous is It All Starts Today that at times, it resembles an action picture staged before blackboards and on playgrounds.

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30 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

Final Destination 2 (2003)

The casualties are the film's raison d'etre -- the more incredible and creative, the better.

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30 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

Bounty Dog (1994)

There's much more going on 'outside' of the film . . . than inside it.

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Pall Jenkins talks about the band's new record, Amore Del Tropico, a sunnier but equally subversive look at love gone awry.

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I'm not really sure if the critical neglect of Stew has anything to do with his being black . . . it's pretty clear that he's just not doing fashionable music.

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29 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

The family that plays together stays together. Those that caught Seattle-to-New York rock family émigrés the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players during their

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29 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

My brother and I walk into a sea of Wisconsin blues fanatics. These people are hardcore, dude: everyone, from the grey-ponytailed men and women whirling

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29 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

I’m supposed to tell you about Hot Hot Heat. I’m supposed to drop smug, all-knowing categorizations. Like “prog-rock.” Or “mod-rock.” Or “retro-punk.” Or “

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29 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

Barreling through like hillbilly rebels being chased by a fleet of flag-stamped SUVs, Steve Earle and company supplied rocking ruminations on peace, love and understanding

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No other conversation garners as much chit chat and enjoyment amongst not only the French, but most Europeans, as the plight of the frowned-upon bourgeoisie.

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	Various Artists: Cookbook CD: Libro de Cucina y Musica

Let’s say you’re Mario Hernandez. You used to be half of indie hero act Ciao Bella with your high school buddy Jamie McCormick,

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	Various Artists: Driving in the Rain 3AM; Songs to Get Lost With

There are always those moments where, suddenly, the body warms effortlessly, muscles unknot, and breathing becomes slow and steady. There is an almost euphoric feeling,

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28 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	The Who: Live at Leeds

The live rock ‘n’ roll album has never gotten a lot of respect. Conventional wisdom says that a rock show is best experienced in the

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	The Sights: Got What We Want

Despite the attention that’s been refocused on the Motor City since the ascendancy of the White Stripes as critical and popular darlings, many of

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	Operation Makeout: Hang Loose

If only their scene weren’t so damn overcrowded, Operation Makeout could be the best band in Vancouver today. As it happens, they’re the

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28 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	My Bloody Valentine: Loveless

One begins outside. A lysergic crimson blur from which emerges a cropped, close view of a guitar and a bulbous form one can assume is

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	Ephat Mujuru: Journey of the Spirit

Suddenly, after reviewing the Stella Chiweshe album and this one, I feel like an expert on the mbira. This instrument, which has a wood frame

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	Johnny Marr + the Healers: Boomslang

For fans of the Smiths, it’s been an excruciatingly long wait to see what the solo career of guitarist Johnny Marr might hold. Unlike

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28 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Paul Melancon: Camera Obscura

Paul Melancon crafts deceptively melodic pop songs that seem fun and catchy to the ear, yet offer more moody depth than one might at first

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28 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Pete Krebs & The Gossamer Wings: I Know It By Heart

It’s not easy keeping up with Pete Krebs. Prior to catching his daytime show at Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival a few years back, I

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	dZihan & Kamien: Gran Riserva

Move over, K&D—here come D&K. It’s the easiest thing in the world to compare up-and-coming Viennese downtempo duo dZihan

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	Ron Carter / Jimmy Cobb / George Coleman / Mike Stern: 4 Generations of Miles

It’s doubtful that Miles Davis would have had much interest in 4 Generations of Miles, retracing as it does the music of the jazz icon’

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	David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

For a music fan, it’s no easy task to choose just one album you’d never part with, but, for me, The Rise and

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28 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Ampbuzz: This Is My Ampbuzz

It’s almost too obvious to point out that the objective of most music is to be listened to. But Brain Eno—if not the

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28 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes

I’ve always thought of Little Earthquakes as the closest thing you can get to pure emotion distilled onto a CD.

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28 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

The NBA is becoming less insular, resembling much more closely the face of international soccer for the ease with which players cross national boundaries to play for 'foreign' nations.

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28 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

Miracles

Skeet Ulrich brings to Miracles a combination of weary intensity and ethereal pretty-boy beauty.

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	Various Artists: My Very Last Breath: The Emo Diaries, Chapter 8

Ah, emo. Once held aloft as the savior of disaffected teens everywhere, now shunned as the style of music that brought us Saves the Day

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26 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	ScoLoHoFo: Oh!

This cumbersomely titled Blue Note release is a cause for celebration. It marks the recording reunion of John Scofield and Joe Lovano, who, when last

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	Martin Rev: self-titled

There were lots of good reasons why 2002 was the perfect year for ROIR to reissue the 1980 solo debut by Suicide’s Martin Rev. It was

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	Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes

That Charlie Parker was one of the greatest jazz musicians who ever lived cannot be disputed. Whether he was the architect of bebop music or

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26 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Salif Keita: Moffou

This story is almost too sad for words. Before Salif Keita was born, a mystic predicted that he would be as important as his famous

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26 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Patricia Kaas: Piano Bar

If you do happen to remember Nick the Lounge Singer, you’ll recall that he was one of Bill Murray’s best-loved and most enduring

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	Lily Holbrook: Running From the Sky

Lily Holbrook is no stranger to performing. After getting her start busking in Boston’s subway stations and on street corners, she honed her craft

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26 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Funky Porcini: Fast Asleep

I’m sure I’m not the only one who earmarks CDs for the change in seasons. When I lived in a state that was

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26 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Doro: Fight

If you grew up with metal music back in the mid-‘80s, you sure as heck know who Doro Pesch is. Around 1986, there were very

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26 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe: The Bridge

Critics and codgers continue to debate the merits of revisionist jazz historicism, a near-endless cycle that only exacerbates the valuation of classic reissues over original

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26 Jan 2003 // 10:00 PM

	Calexico: Feast of Wire

If you’re at all familiar with The Sadies’ excellent 2002 album Stories Often Told, and then give Calexico’s latest CD a spin, you can’

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Hungarian Music

When most people think of Hungarian music, they think of candle-lit cafés, chicken paprikas and cabbage rolls, pálinka (fruit brandy usually of plums)

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