Category Archives: Music

TV Series: Ken Burn’s Jazz (2001) – Beautiful documentary but based on flawed premises


I have been reading a LOT about jazz lately (see my articles on Monk, Miles, Giddens, etc). Through this reading, I bumped into the existence of the world’s record holding for sheer length (19+ hours) documentary by Ken Burns that … Continue reading

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Debates about Jazz – Mtume vs Crouch back in 2010


A colleague passed me a link to this Mtume/Crouch debate, and it was fascinating. I am realising that in Jazz Criticism there is a sort of more conservative school lead by Ken Burns / Stanley Crouch / Wynton Marsalis, and … Continue reading

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Music: My discovery of instrumental metal – Animals as Leaders and Intervals


Thanks to a tiny little post by Metal Wani on Facebook, I learned of the existence of a genre that is officially called prog metal but which I qualify as instrumental metal. The two bands I checked out were both … Continue reading

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Music Review: Stuff I liked in 2013


As I usually do, here is some of the music released in 2013 that I liked best. Overall, 2013 was not as great a comeback year as 2012 but I think my tastes broadened a bit from last year’s list. … Continue reading

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Jay-Z, Kanye, and Me -or- Catching Up with Hip-Hop


From time to time, I find it edifying to delve into some aspect of popular culture that I have normally ignored. For the last few years, it has been TV series. These last few weeks, I decided to get up … Continue reading

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Concert Review – Black Sabbath at Paris-Bercy 9 Dec 2013 – The Oz Still Rocks


  Sometimes you think, man, will these dinosaurs of rock just give it up? I mean, the Stones like 153th tour, c’mon! Well, believe it or not but the reunited Geezer-Iommi-Ozzy plus the masterful Brad Wilk on drums rocked our … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Metallica Through the Never – Soon-to-be-classic Concert Film


I know that it had its detractors and that the promotion has been a little over the top by the Four Horsemen themselves. But, I was really entertained. The concert footage was awesome – I loved the camera angles, the … Continue reading

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