Articles by: Patrick Flanary

R.E.M. Revisits ‘Automatic for the People’ With 25th Anniversary Package (ALBUM REVIEW)

You can’t improve a great record by remastering it, but the folks at Dolby claim they’ve gotten close. R.E.M.’s 1992 masterpiece, Automatic for the People, is the first album ever remixed with the technology, best ...

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David Gray Offers Career Retrospective at Apollo Theater (SHOW REVIEW)

David Gray played with barely a pause over two hours Sunday night, racing from piano to acoustic guitar between songs at the Apollo Theater in New York, as he cycled through “a comprehensive retrospective” of ...

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Katini Brings ‘Brown Girl Iconic’ Style to Jazz Debut on ‘Gone’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

The jazz-fusion singer Katini reimagines standards as soulful R&B covers and releases rock-inspired originals on Gone, her debut album, released this week on the indie label One Trick Dog Records. With this set, Katini (pronounced ...

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Marcus Strickland Quartet Dazzles at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (SHOW REVIEW)

What’s more striking than watching the saxophonist Marcus Strickland work? Watching him rest. It’s his frequent breaks, for stretches of several minutes—time spent not playing—that imply as much gratitude for his band as suspense for ...

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Ulysses Owens Jr. and New Century Jazz Quintet Celebrate Many Things at Jazz Standard (SHOW REVIEW)

Tuesday August 2nd, marked the first onstage reunion for the New Century Jazz Quintet in months, uniting the group for the first time since recording its third and latest album, Arise, in May. The first ...

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Hammond B-3 Organist Brian Charette Makes Big Noise at Brooklyn’s Bar Chord (SHOW REVIEW)

Sometimes the best gigs are the low-profile, no-frills sets, the ones that don’t charge a cover or require a jacket. Take the respected Hammond B-3 organist Brian Charette, whose dry wit and quick keys fit ...

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Rudy Royston & 303 Construct Improvised Scenes & Build Momentum In Unconventional Ways (SHOW REVIEW)

Within minutes of Rudy Royston’s second set Tuesday night at the Village Vanguard in New York, the drummer and leader of the band 303 was already apologizing. His impromptu solo brought “Blade,” a new song ...

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Herb Alpert Delivers Funky, Freewheeling Set at New York’s Café Carlyle (SHOW REVIEW)

Herb Alpert promised a “very informal” show Tuesday night at New York’s Café Carlyle, and spent the next 90 minutes delivering a funky, freewheeling set with his wife, the singer Lani Hall, and the couple’s ...

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Violent Femmes Strike Back After 16 Years With ‘We Can Do Anything’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Violent Femmes live up to the title of this first album in 16 years from founding members (and erstwhile enemies) Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie: given enough time, you can do anything. It’s been a ...

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Buster Poindexter Opens Up NYC/Cafe Carlyle Residency With a Tall Cocktail (SHOW REVIEW)

Sipping from a tall cocktail while sizing up a new setlist, Buster Poindexter (a tuxedoed, pompadoured David Johansen) was deliberately pacing himself. On September 29th in New York, his band opened a two-week residency, their ...

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