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2007 Stories by Phil Freeman

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  • Skronk On

    published December 25, 2007

    2007 seemed like kind of a middling year for jazz, upon casual reflection. The big deaths—Andrew Hill, Oscar Peterson, and Max... More >>

  • ZnöWhite's ZnöWhite, Blind Illusion's The Sane Asylum

    published October 23, 2007

    Poison's undeniable hits aside, it's really too bad that when people hear the phrase " '80s metal," they think of Bret Michaels. Poland's Metal... More >>

  • Miles Smirks

    published September 25, 2007

    The title of the six-CD Miles Davis Complete "On the Corner" Sessions box set is misleading, and that's good. So far, only one of his... More >>

  • Deathspell Omega's Fas—Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum

    published August 28, 2007

    When your album title's in Latin and your lyrics come in paragraphs as opposed to verses, it's easy to seem overly serious, to make jaded rock... More >>

  • Hasta La Muerte

    published July 24, 2007

    MySpace is a baffling labyrinth—it'll consume your whole day if you let it, and you'll usually come away depressed by what you hear and see.... More >>

  • King Britt Presents The Cosmic Lounge, Vol. 1

    published July 10, 2007

    In the early '70s, jazz got spacey, Afro-spiritual, and overwhelmingly weird. From Sun Ra to Alice Coltrane to Pharoah Sanders to Kalaparusha... More >>

  • Latin Showcase Showdowns

    published July 3, 2007

    If you're a Spanish-speaking artist looking to succeed without recording theme songs for telenovelas, packing your videos with thong-clad nubiles,... More >>

  • Free at Last

    published May 29, 2007

    I didn't disband the group," says saxophonist David S. Ware by phone from his home in Plainfield, N.J. "We came off tour in Europe two months... More >>

  • Discovering the Illmatic of Salsa

    published May 22, 2007

    Until earlier this year, I only knew salsa as one of two musical genres you really don't want your downstairs neighbor to love and consequently... More >>

  • Andrew Hill

    published April 24, 2007

    The pianist Andrew Hill, who died of lung cancer on April 20, was born in 1931, not 1937, as was frequently reported, and in Chicago, not in... More >>

  • Godsmacked

    published February 6, 2007

    It was such a crazy thing, to go out of the basement and play Carnegie Hall," recalls Sir Lord Baltimore drummer-vocalist John Garner. "Where does... More >>

  • Seger Rocks

    published January 23, 2007

    He opened with "Roll Me Away" and closed with "Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets," and that's probably true, even if these days it needs a night off... More >>

  • Oakland Trend Chases Crunk, Emulates Aqua Teen Hunger Force

    published January 9, 2007

    It's easy to guess why TVT would start pushing Oakland's hyphy style after the label's success with Southern crunk—both styles share big... More >>

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