Mark Keresman

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  • 6 years ago | Concerts

    Few singer-songwriters are genuine trailblazers. Leonard Cohen is a poet pioneer rooted in the Dylan pantheon in terms of artistic influence and resilience. But while Cohen's '60s songwriting brethren aimed for catharsis, his songs have always bee...

  • 7 years ago | Reviews

    Jamaican singer and songwriter Winston Rodney, a.k.a. Burning Spear, did some of the best roots reggae of the Seventies (we hipsters called it simply "reggae" back then), loaded with Rastafarian anger at the forces of oppression, gutsy island soul...

  • 7 years ago | Reviews

    Blue-eyed soul singer Jamie Lidell's Jim ranks as one of the most unabashedly retro albums ever made — an inspired throwback/tribute to late-Sixties and early-Seventies R&B. Much of the time, Lidell's smooth, suave voice recalls Stevie Wonde...

  • 7 years ago | Reviews

    Though this Gonzalo Rubalcaba fellow is an ace jazz pianist originally from Cuba, don't tag him a "Cuban" or "Afro-Cuban" jazz musician. Although he's been influenced by his homeland's traditions, Rubalcaba's approach has been likewise affected by...

  • 7 years ago | Reviews

    San Francisco's Kronos Quartet is globally renowned for championing the works of contemporary classical composers. Though Terry Riley's profile isn't as high as that of colleagues Philip Glass and Steve Reich, he is one of the key 1960s innovators...

  • 8 years ago | Reviews

    Guitarist James "Blood" Ulmer is a strange duck. Though he started out in jazz organ combos, Ulmer made his rep with avant-jazz icon Ornette Coleman in the latter's ebullient "harmolodic" period. But in the mid-Eighties, Ulmer began upping the ubi...