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Hope does not die easily when it comes to locating Grateful Dead tapes, real or imagined. In January 2017, a grassroots search began for a recording of a historic concert the band gave on March 17, 1970, with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Lukas Foss, who was then the orchestra's music director. It has long been considered unlikely that any recording exists. But…

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The Dover Quartet shot to fame in 2013 after sweeping the Banff International String Quartet Competition, a kind of Olympics for string quartets. Trained at the Curtis Institute and mentored by members of the great Guarneri Quartet, the Dover continued its rise by winning the Cleveland Quartet Award. The four musicians -- violinists Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violist Milena…

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Jessie Galante has lived in every major music market in the country, and spent some time in a few European ones, too. But though she's called Nashville, New York and Los Angeles home at different points in her career, Galante insists that Buffalo is unique. "The sense of community in our music scene is deeper than I've experienced anywhere else," she said. Galante, a…

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Bill Frisell is a unique and memorable master of guitar tone and phrasing; his use of space and the crystalline clarity with which he approaches his material sets him apart from just about any other guitarist you could care to name. The repertoire Frisell shares with his audiences covers a lot of sonic and historical territory, including jazz classics by Thelonious Monk…

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This weekend's Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert turned out to be one of those sleeper hits. On the program are three of classical music's known quantities – Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin," Mendelssohn's much-played Violin Concerto, and Mozart's Symphony No. 41, the "Jupiter." The guest soloist is French violinist Arnaud Sussman, and the guest conductor is Andr…

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This is not supposed to happen. Tastemakers have been wrongly claiming that "rock is dead" for so long now that we have almost come to accept this as reality. Young bands are supposed to play synthesizers badly and party like its 1989, not crank out raucous, bluesy, riff-centered rockers in back of a lead singer who sounds like the spawn of Robert Plant and some Valkyri…

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The nominations for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards this week brought out the inner pessimist I mange to keep hidden most days. Sure, there was some encouraging news between the lines, exemplified by the fact that big sales didn't necessarily guarantee a nomination, as has so often been the case in the past. Ed Sheeran, the Weeknd and Future did not get the Grammy love th…

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I wish I could recuse myself. The jury has been tampered with. Impartiality cannot be assumed. Alas, there's a new U2 album, and I've got to deal with it, despite the fact that so much potentially damning information seeped through the cracks before the case even made it to trial. Exhibit 1 is Rolling Stone's breathless review of the new "Songs of Experience," and it…

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Jazz Michel Camilo, "Live in London" (Redondo Music).  Fred Hersch, "[Open Book]" (Palmetto) The ultimate jazz piano extrovert and the ultimate jazz piano introvert. It hasn't escaped notice in jazz that Cuban piano players play the bejabbers out of their instruments (hear Gonzala Rubalcaba, Chucho Valdes and his father Bebo Valdes.) It isn't just that they are asto…

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Jazz Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan, "Small Town: Recorded Live at the Village Vanguard" (ECM) "Chamber Jazz" doesn't get a whole lot more "chamber" than this duet which was recorded at the venerable Village Vanguard by the duo that will, this weekend, mark jazz producer Bruce Eaton's return to the Art of Jazz series at the Albright-Knox Gallery. Paul Motion's "It…

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Pop Music Steve Miller Band, Ultimate Hits (Capitol/UMe, two discs) The best thing about the Steve Miller Band is that no one in his right mind would ever accuse them of being a major rock band a la The Beatles or Stones or Who or Zeppelin or U2. We probably ought to think of them as a tasty San Francisco treat, like Rice-A-Roni. What's close to irresistible about…

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During his decades in the music business, the late Record Theatre, Transcontinent Record Sales and Amherst Records founder Lenny Silver amassed a treasure trove of collectibles. Now, much of that collection is for sale. The Lenny Silver estate sale kicked off at 1 p.m. today and continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 2. The sale takes place in Silver's home, a…

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1) Polar Plunge, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Woodlawn Beach State Park (3580 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell). Minimum fundraising amount is $100; further details here. Commentary: The annual Special Olympics New York fundraiser is both a duel with the elements and a rousing good time. One of the day's highlights is a costume contest - the competition is stiff, often both lit…

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A few weeks ago on "The Tim Graham Show," I floated a claim The Beatles were overrated. Now hear me out. I love The Beatles and consider them among the greatest two or three bands of all time. But too many times people automatically declare John, Paul, George and Ringo the best simply because they think that's what you're supposed to say. It's become a rote exercise. …

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The Garrison Keillor show scheduled for Dec. 3 at Asbury Hall at Babeville has been canceled following his termination by Minnesota Public Radio. The venue said refunds will be available at point-of-purchase. Citing "inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him," Minnesota Public Radio said Wednesday it terminated its relationship with Keillor, the form…