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That Phil Ramone was a musical force in the recording studio is undeniable, and the evidence lies in the range of his accomplishments. For example, within one three-year period in the early 1960s, Ramone mixed Lesley Gore's smash hit "It's My Party,"...
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” is no longer just the rock album that has logged more weeks than any other on Billboard’s national album chart nor merely the one acid...
SAN FRANCISCO — "This is one of my favorite rooms," said SFJAZZ founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline, smiling as he stepped over exposed pipes and dusty planks in the SFJAZZ Center. "Then again, they're all my favorite rooms," he...
Before the ashes and the anguish, before the 1965 riots and the spotlight of attention that followed, there was a pocket of people already fighting for Watts. They fought for the arts and for the black community from a building on Grandee Avenue and...
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Anna Deavere Smith, famed for creating one-woman, documentary theater pieces about taut social issues in which she portrays multiple people she’s interviewed, has won the $300,000 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the most lucrative awards in...
There are two works that illustrate the range of Fontella Bass' singing power. One is a gut-busting soul cry, “Rescue Me,” a propellant R&B banger from 1965 that became Bass' signature. The other, equally vital, is a nine-minute thrill...
When thinking about Dave Brubeck, you can't help but also consider time, and not just how much of it fans received from the prolific jazz pianist up to his death Wednesday at age 91. A titan of West Coast jazz, Brubeck was linked with California for...
Pop & Hiss"I think I'm built to last," sings Neneh Cherry on "Cashback," the opening track on "The Cherry Thing," her cacophonic collaboration that is something of her comeback. Cherry started her career with the punk-influenced collective Rip Rig + Panic but......
Pop & HissAlbum Review: Charlie Haden and Hank Jones' 'Come Sunday' written by Chris Barton....
Culture MonsterMark Swed reviews the final event of the PST Performance and Public Art Festival, a series of illuminating John Cage-related micro concerts in various rooms of the Welcome Inn motel in Eagle Rock....
Pop & HissSpotify unveiled a Facebook Timeline that seeks to offer a chronology of music from the last 900 years. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts takes a look at the entries and makes a few suggestions....
Culture MonsterChick Corea, Sonny Rollins and L.A. great Gerald Wilson are among the nominees. Young pianist Gerald Clayton also receives a nod in a crowded instrumental album field....
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