Brian E. Rochlin

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  • 16 years ago | Reviews

    Eric Dolphy The Illinois Concert (Blue Note) "When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air. You can never capture it again." The vitality of Eric Dolphy's own music disproves his most famous quote. Little-known and never-before-relea...

  • 17 years ago

    Various Artists Roosevelt in Trinidad: Calypsos of Events, Places, and Personalities 1933-1939 (Rounder) The 1930s were a tumultuous decade. The Great Depression took hold. Hitler rose to power. King Edward VII abdicated. And Atilla the Hun invade...

  • 19 years ago

    U2 Pop (Island) So this is the "next big thing" the music industry has been so desperately searching for? Hate to disappoint, but the U2 of Pop is emphatically still U2 -- underneath the electronic trickery, you can hear Bono's vocal idiosyncrasie...

  • 19 years ago

    Lonnie Smith Trio Purple Haze: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix (MusicMasters Jazz) The first time I saw Jimi Hendrix, at the Fillmore in San Francisco in 1967, he was just what his legend says he is: an exploding orgasm, pulling notes and sounds from pl...

  • 19 years ago

    Boxing Gandhis Howard (Atlantic) Rock critics of the early Seventies did our best to banish all thought of eclecticism, since it was usually a key word denoting fraud of the art-rock or jazz-rock sort. No one ever called Bitches Brew eclectic, tho...

  • 19 years ago

    Patti Smith Gone Again (Arista) The most important artists don't try to reach for universal truths. Instead, they bare their very individual souls, and we hear ourselves reflected in their voices. After removing herself from the musical limelight ...

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