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Volume II, Issue 17
October 19 - October 26, 1998  
 
Music
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Mojo Workin' [2]
On "Mojo" magazine's 100 Greatest Singers list.
— Ron Wynn, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Pride Of New Orleans [3]
Pianist Henry Butler is one blind bluesman with extraordinary vision.
— Dave McElfresh, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Artist Profiles
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Luminous [4]
Pianist Geri Allen talks about her work with Ornette Coleman, Betty Carter, and Randy Weston.
— Raoul Hernandez, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Kreamed Korn [5]
Brian Blair discovers that mega- popular- with- the- kids average white band Korn just isn't all that.
— Brian Blair, FW WEEKLY
 
Grapes of Wrath [6]
One of the few WWII-era bands still recording and touring today, the Blind Boys of Alabama discuss parting with House of Blues records, the Highway 61 tour, and the future.
— Randy Matin, FW WEEKLY
 

Album Reviews
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Class Act [7]
The Fugees' songbird turns in her homework, the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
— Josh Kun, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Survivors of Stature [8]
Disillusionment with the record business hasn't halted the careers of Sonny Rollins and Otis Rush.
— Ron Wynn, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Queen of Broken Hearts [9]
Connie Smith, one of country's most underrated vocalists, returns in top form.
— Bill Friskics-Warren, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Now What? [13]
If you go gaga over the sultry smoothness of a symphonic glissando, just wait till you experience our transitions to cool and useful music links on the Web.
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

R oots music dominates this week. First up, Tucson Weekly's Dave McElfresh profiles blind pianist Henry Butler in "Pride of New Orleans." Butler melds jazz, blues, and the southern experience into exemplary albums that demonstrates how piano became the root of guitar-driven rock 'n roll. Next up, Blind Boys of Alabama have been spreading the recorded word since 1948, mixing gospel and blues into a unique blend. Read their story in "Grapes of Wrath."

Also on the piano, Geri Allen has done time with some of jazz's top dogs. Follow her musical path in "Luminous." Austin Chronicle's "Jazz Sides" takes a stroll through the record store isles to highlight some recent jazz that's not to be missed. Wrapping up roots music in this issue is a look at new releases by Sonny Rollins and Otis Rush.

Other highlights this week include a look at a recent listing of the 100 greatest singers, Korn (the band, not the food), the latest releases from Lauryn Hill and Connie Smith, and a plethora of mini reviews.


Mini Reviews
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Jazz Sides [10]

  • Leon Parker
  • Dave Holland Quintet
  • Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith
  • Patricia Barber
  • Medeski, Martin and Wood
  • Fred Hersh and Bill Frissel
  • Wessell Anderson
  • and more

Rhythm and Views [11]
  • RFTC
  • Dirtbombs
  • Everlast

Turn Up That Noise! [12]
  • Lucy Kaplansky
  • Richard Shindell and Dar Williams
  • Son Volt

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