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Over the past few years, the Little Mountain Band has shifted its lineup to include new guitarist Drew Azzinaro and drummer Bene Torres, and in the process, has sharpened its focus. Already a strong outfit, one that arrived on the scene in 2003 just as a new movement of jam-based music was solidifying in our town, LMB found an added urgency in the interplay between co-foun…

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From his earliest entry into the spotlight as a member of Gary Burton’s group some 40 years back, Pat Metheny has displayed a seemingly insatiable hunger for new experiences within the broader framework of jazz. Though his buttery guitar tone and eloquent phrasing provide a thread of continuity throughout Metheny’s storied career, the context is an ever-changing one. Meth…

Over the past few years, the Little Mountain Band has shifted its lineup to include new guitarist Drew Azzinaro and drummer Bene Torres, and in the process, has sharpened its focus. Already a strong outfit, one that arrived on the scene in 2003 just as a new movement of jam-based music was solidifying in our town, LMB found an added urgency in the interplay between co-foun…

Holly Cole hit the scene just before the whole Great American Songbook thing took off, a time when every pop star able to carry a melody in a paper bag decided they needed to be taken seriously as an artist. Don’t blame Cole, though. She understood jazz phrasing, knew the difference between sexy and garish, and had no problem treating works by Cole Porter and Tom Waits wit…

Holly Cole hit the scene just before the whole Great American Songbook thing took off, a time when every pop star able to carry a melody in a paper bag decided they needed to be taken seriously as an artist. Don’t blame Cole, though. She understood jazz phrasing, knew the difference between sexy and garish, and had no problem treating works by Cole Porter and Tom Waits wit…

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Schubert’s “Die Schoene Muellerin” – the German translates to “The Beautiful Maid of the Mill” – on the surface is a simple, tragic love story, but Schubert’s music makes the chain of sentimental poems into something much greater. The songs tell the story of a love affair, beginning with cheer and adventure and then blossoming into romance. Then things take a turn for the …

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Schubert’s “Die Schoene Muellerin” – the German translates to “The Beautiful Maid of the Mill” – on the surface is a simple, tragic love story, but Schubert’s music makes the chain of sentimental poems into something much greater. The songs tell the story of a love affair, beginning with cheer and adventure and then blossoming into romance. Then things take a turn for the …

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ClassicalReinhold GliereSymphony No. 3 (‘Il’ya Muromets’)The Buffalo Philharmonic conducted by JoAnn Falletta[Naxos]∆∆∆∆Until this disc, one might have said with all confidence that the finest single moment of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on record was, without question, Michael Tilson Thomas leading the BPO in the double record set of the complete works of Carl Rugg…

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ClassicalReinhold GliereSymphony No. 3 (‘Il’ya Muromets’)The Buffalo Philharmonic conducted by JoAnn Falletta[Naxos]∆∆∆∆Until this disc, one might have said with all confidence that the finest single moment of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on record was, without question, Michael Tilson Thomas leading the BPO in the double record set of the complete works of Carl Rugg…

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Every couple of years, when smooth jazz trumpet player Chris Botti appears in Buffalo, it’s like a glittering trip back to the 1990s. Last time he was here, in 2011, he charmed the crowd with his coiffed blond hair, his dapper suit and his glossy, virtuosic music. He spoke of the Rolling Stones, Bill Clinton, Celine Dion and Toni Braxton. And of Sting, who helped launch hi…

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Every couple of years, when smooth jazz trumpet player Chris Botti appears in Buffalo, it’s like a glittering trip back to the 1990s. Last time he was here, in 2011, he charmed the crowd with his coiffed blond hair, his dapper suit and his glossy, virtuosic music. He spoke of the Rolling Stones, Bill Clinton, Celine Dion and Toni Braxton. And of Sting, who helped launch hi…

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In the world of smooth jazz, Earl Klugh is a king.I refer to “smooth jazz” in the nonpejorative sense, it should be noted – Klugh is not Kenny G, after all, but is instead a virtuosic guitarist with a hard-earned and finely detailed approach to finger-style nylon string guitar playing. That he favors melodies that even a listener not trained in the harmonic complexities of…

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In the world of smooth jazz, Earl Klugh is a king.I refer to “smooth jazz” in the nonpejorative sense, it should be noted – Klugh is not Kenny G, after all, but is instead a virtuosic guitarist with a hard-earned and finely detailed approach to finger-style nylon string guitar playing. That he favors melodies that even a listener not trained in the harmonic complexities of…