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Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

Milwaukee jazz singer comes home

Few Milwaukee-born singers—Al Jarreau aside—have had as auspicious a career as Jackie Allen. But what is she? Ostensibly a jazz vocalist, Allen is sophistication and soul, a romancer and a restless stylistic roamer
Album Reviews
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Live at Blue Rock (In the Black)

 The Austin concert setting intensifies musical storyteller Mary Gauthier’s fine-grained witnessing and unaffected recitative. She finds equipoise between tough clarity and generous compassion: “Everybody says you look real good / Ah think you look stoned / Your sister cried / all the way
A&E Feature
Monday, July 1, 2013

Kenosha museum commemorates the Badger State’s role

During the Civil War, America bled as red as it ever did, and this nation was forever changed and haunted. This week is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s turning point, according to Doug Dammann, curator at the Civil
Album Reviews
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Winter Morning Walks (ArtistShare)

 The most beautiful sound in all the world…Maria's. So Leonard Bernstein might've commented on how our finest jazz orchestra composer attains comparable artistry with chamber orchestra. Setting two groups of poems, Schneider
Album Reviews
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

As the Sea (hatOLOGY)

 “Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?” So ends Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Trombonist Samuel Blaser is no longer the invisible man of jazz. This Swiss bandleader is among various low brass players
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash (Legacy)

This CD/DVD set and Blu-ray disc live concert is a moving testament to the great American life of Johnny Cash. Cash embodied integrity, suffering, perseverance, redemption, hard-won truth and generosity of spirit, especially for the downtrodden... 
Album Reviews
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

Calling Me Home (Sugar Hill)

 “Coal kills.” Or can it be “clean”? On Calling Me Home, Kathy Mattea, daughter of a miner family, sifts through the black stuff’s tragic human and environmental remains with more symbol-laden artistry than on her brilliant but

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