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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
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012

Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare)

The late Gil Evans was the godfather of modern jazz arrangements, the bridge from Debussy and Ellington to Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue. His brooding tapestries engulfed the...
A&E Feature
Monday, Aug. 27, 2012

Arts center as community resource in Riverwest

The original Milwaukee Jazz Gallery transmitted a far-reaching beacon, a creative-freedom vibe even the Statue of Liberty might've caught and tapped her toe to. America's art of...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

Arrival (Cellar Live)

This New York-based Milwaukee native has deeply investigated Miles Davis' incendiary Live at the Plugged Nickel. The pianist's music isn't that daring or abstract, but his solos surge to an outer edge while retaining an innate sense of theme and melody...
Art
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012
In the world according to Fred Stonehouse, many creatures cry. Yet look closer; none of them seem overtly distressed. It is the mystery of Stonehouse. Enter the space of his ornately framed paintings and you are beguiled and disarmed, befuddled...