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Volume III, Issue 35
February 21 - February 28, 2000  
Music

Artist Profiles
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Pop History [2]
Few remember bandleader Francis Craig, but his impact was large.
— Noel Murray, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Grammy Girl [3]
Nominated for a "Best New Artist" Grammy, blues singer and guitarist Susan Tedeschi is a long-shot hope against the multi-platinum likes of Britney Spears and Macy Gray.
— Linda Laban, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Wide Open Heart [4]
Accordionist Bradley Jaye Williams brings together fish and fowl in his assimilation of Texas polka and conjunto music.
— Christopher Gray, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Limbering Up [5]
Drummer Cindy Blackman leads the double life of touring with Lenny Kravitz's rock band and fronting her own jazz quartet.
— Jon Garelick, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Sugarland Express [6]
Laying down the law on Mayberry's favorite twang-rockers.
— Jerry Renshaw, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Worldly And Wise [7]
Veteran performer Bruce Cockburn maps the human experience.
— Dave Irwin, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Album Reviews
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Swan Songs [8]
The Cure's new "Bloodflowers" hints at being the band's last album, but after 10 years of listening to their supposed swan songs, this one might be a fitting end.
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
The Real Deal [9]
Wylie and the Wild West make true country-and-western music; Ed Burleson's Texas honky-tonk.
— Michael McCall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Best Westerns [10]
Scud Mountaineer Joe Pernice delivers a gentler version of his melancholy in a new side-project, and the Lonesome Brothers dispense some back-porch wisdom on their new "Diesel Therapy."
— Jonathan Perry, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Old Master [11]
Jackie McLean's new offhandedly idiosyncratic "Nature Boy" marks the 67-year-old alto saxophonist as an old master.
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Time to Develop [12]
D'Angelo reemerges with an expressive, inventive CD.
— Ron Wynn, NASHVILLE SCENE
 


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

A side from his one hit, Francis Craig made little dent on the national consciousness, and any nostalgia for his mild, unspectacular swing music is mostly stoked by the presence of Craig's band at so many memorable Nashville functions.

Susan Tedeschi might be nominated for her first Grammy in the category of Best New Artist, but the blues singer, guitarist, and Berklee School of Music graduate is holed up in a Louisiana recording studio working on her next album.

Listening to the spirited Eastern European music of his heritage opened Bradley Jaye Williams' eyes to how easy it is for music to jump across social, linguistic, and regional borders.

Plus, Cindy Blackman, the Hollisters, Bruce Cockburn, and lots more.


Mini Reviews
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Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [13]

  • The Jesus Lizard
  • Warren Zevon
  • Mary LaRose
  • Shelby Lynn
  • Under the Gun
  • Chuck Prophet
  • The Marshmallow Coast
  • The Divine Comedy
Tiny Tunes [14]
  • Guajira
  • Two Dollar Guitar
  • Nod
  • Us3
  • Seely
  • Pocket Size
Turn Up That Noise [15]
  • Robbie Fulks
  • Gran Torino
Rhythm and Views [16]
  • Music of Indonesia
  • Pyresong
Now What? [17]
If you go gaga over the sultry smoothness of a symphonic glissando, just wait till you experience our transitions to cool and useful music links on the Web.
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