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May 18 - May 26, 1998  

Artist Profiles
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Who Matters [2]
Which musicians will influence future generations?
— Dave Chamberlain, NEWCITY CHICAGO
Coming Clean [3]
A Christmas in rehab helped put the fire back in Hal Ketchum's career.
Improvising Life [4]
Having just turned 30, Kevin Hays has already appeared on more than a dozen albums in Europe, Japan and the U.S.
Good Groove Hunting [5]
Are Charlie Hunter & Pound For Pound the future of jazz?
— Brendan Doherty, WEEKLY ALIBI
Milestones [6]
Jazz pianist Marian McPartland celebrates a life lived in swing time.
— Mark Jordan, MEMPHIS FLYER
Delta Delight [7]
Bluesman Honeyboy Edwards knew all the greats -- and outlived most of them.
— Ted Drozdowski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Album Reviews
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Son Rising [8]
If Sean Lennon's "Into the Sun" looks like a collection of silly little love songs, well, what's wrong with that?
Fetching Sketches [9]
The late Jeff Buckley's two-CD "Sketches" is a rare work in progress.
— Stephanie Zacharek, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Who's Next? [10]
She's Pete Townshend's girl by blood, but as a budding singer/songwriter Emma Townshend is a direct descendant of Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Kate Bush, and Tori Amos.
No Rimbaud [11]
On his self-titled CD, Rufus Wainwright unselfconsciously recalls the good old days when a song was a shapely verse and a catchy chorus.
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Live Report
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Live Shots [12]
Reports from the Louisiana Music New Orleans Pride (LMNOP) Festival and Le Scat Club in Aix-en-Provence, France; also, Austin shows by Beausoleil, Robinson Ear Machine, and Ray Davies.


W hat, is it jazz week or something? We've got an unusual preponderance of jazz artist profiles here. I don't mind, because jazz week sounds like a good idea. I just wish people would tell me these things. A simple note would do: "By the way, it's jazz week." That's all I ask.

Among the jazz musicians receiving special attention are Kevin Hays, Charlie Hunter & Pound for Pound, Marian McPartland and Tortoise. Actually, Tortoise is a sort of jazz/rock/ambient thing, but we'll call them jazz for now. (If you believe the author, they are one of several Chicago artists who will be revered in the future much in the way the Beatles are revered now.)

We've also got reviews of the latest children-of-famous-musicians to hit the market. First among them is Sean Lennon, taking a less glossy approach than big brother Julian's back in the '80s. Can this Lennon live up to the legacy? Well, he's got a girlfriend whose name sounds like "Yoko." It's a start.

Singer Emma Townshend has also attempted to follow her daddy's footsteps. If you're thinking "Who?" then you're right on and you don't even know it. Her father, Pete Townshend, was the power-chord-slamming pinball wizard of a guitar player for that band of bands, The Who. Good luck with your generation, Emma.

There's more, much more, if you care to rock-and-scroll.

Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [13]

  • Ruthless Records Tenth Anniversary Compilation
  • Above the Law
  • Calexico
  • Harvey Danger
  • Fastball
  • Iva Bittov
  • John Lindberg Ensemble
  • Salim Washington & RBA

Turn Up That Noise! [14]

  • Goodie Mob
  • Dave Douglas

Tiny Tunes [15]

  • Bovine
  • The Levellers

Rhythm & Views [16]

  • Gat*Rot
  • Parasite
  • Nerves

Now What? [17]
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