November 20, 2015

L.A. previews November 20-26: Volto, L.A. Jazz Quartet, Randy Gloss, Arto Tuncboyaciyan.

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November 18, 2015

Live review: Scott Amendola Band at Largo at the Coronet Theater, November 9.

Nobody fuses like Scott Amendola -- he's not pandering, he just loves to rock, and freak out, and write actual tunes, and improvise, and devise a space where great musicians can explode.

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November 12, 2015

Live review: The Gathering at the Mayme Clayton Museum, November 8.

Black history was converging all over the place, and it wasn't even February.

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November 4, 2015

Opera review: Being there at "Hopscotch"

By Richard Casey
"Hopscotch," a different approach to opera from director Yuval Sharon: Ride around L.A. in an automobile, performers in car with you. Several stories. Stop here and there for more scenes. Three different routes with different action. Sounds promising.

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October 28, 2015

Record review: WASP's "Golgotha" -- Blackie Lawless, re-reborn.

Blackie Lawless has one claim over Bob Dylan: When Blackie got born again, his music did not go to hell.

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October 21, 2015

Live review: Charles Lloyd Quartet at Zipper Hall, October 18.

Shaman and ecstatic.

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October 13, 2015

Live review: Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra at Valley Performing Arts Center (Angel City Jazz Fest), October 11.

Everything is one. Beyond the musical conventions of meter and melody, how do you communicate that feeling most deeply?

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October 8, 2015

Live review: Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue, Motoko Honda & Vanessa Vo at Barnsdall Gallery Theater (Angel City Jazz Fest), October 3.

You want to know how a couple of skilled & sensitive Asian musicians feel about their émigré experience?

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October 2, 2015

Live review: Mark Dresser Quintet, Lisa Mezzacappa's Glorious Ravage at REDCAT (Angel City Jazz Fest), September 28.

Explorations of the wild and the mind.

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September 24, 2015

Record and movie ponderation: Keith Richards, "Crosseyed Heart" (Mindless/Republic) and "Under the Influence" documentary.

Keith Richards doesn't dig rock, he likes the roll. Throughout "Crosseyed Heart" -- an easy ride of riffs, roots and grooves -- he lives up to his roll models.

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