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    Rotations - Tommy McCook, DJ Logic

    Tommy McCook Tribute to Tommy (Heartbeat) When Tommy McCook passed away in early 1998, so did the heart and soul of his seminal Jamaican ska band, the Skatalites. McCook was one of the premier jazz musicians in Jamaica during the Fifties, a...

    by Ezra Gale on December 23, 1999
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    Still Making Sense - Welcome to the world of David Byrne

    David Byrne -- singer, author, filmmaker, and record-label president -- is celebrated for many things, not the least of which is his own music. From the earliest days of his group the Talking Heads, bobbing up and down onstage at CBGB in 1975, to...

    by Brett Sokol on December 16, 1999
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    Chico Is the Man - An Afro-Cuban jazz giant enjoys newfound success

    One of the giants of Afro-Cuban jazz, Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill is restless. Plunked in a cushiony mint-green chair that seems to virtually swallow him, he's outwardly impatient, posing for a photograph in a bright nondescript hallway of a restored Mi...

    by Nina Korman on December 16, 1999
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    Pull Up the Roots - Cuban pianist Omar Sosa moves beyond the Bay

    "I'm moving to Europe because I want to be close to Africa," says pianist Omar Sosa over the phone from a Paris hotel room. The Cuban-born Sosa is in the midst of a European tour supporting Inside, his latest CD on Ota Records, and he's talking about...

    by Ezra Gale on December 16, 1999
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    Rotations - Frank Emilio, Television

    Frank Emilio Ancestral Reflections (Metro Blue/Blue Note) While Cuban pianist Frank Emilio hasn't benefited so far from the wave of international adulation that has swept other Cuban musicians, particularly pianists, into the limelight over t...

    by John Floyd on December 16, 1999
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    In Clubland - Premature inauguration

    The club scene in South Florida flaky? Venues come and go quicker than a riptide. Over the next two weeks there will be a glut of new night spots opening, and most likely a good number will get sucked out to sea. First off don't expect to attend the ...

    by Larry Boytano on December 16, 1999
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    Improvise or Shut Up - Jazz titan Sam Rivers keeps on blowing

    The sorry fate of vanguard voices in American jazz is having their homeland turn its back on them. All too often jazz masters are ignored at home while being feted abroad. Unable to make a living in the States, they are forced to travel to Europe or ...

    by David Mittleman on December 9, 1999
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    Boxed Ears - John Adams gleefully ignores the boundaries of composition

    A critic once called composer John Adams the Hamlet of contemporary classical music, accusing him of not being able to make up his mind and settle on a specific musical style. It is a charge with which the Berkeley-based Adams is all too familiar. "R...

    by Stacey Kors on December 9, 1999
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    The Singer, Not the Songs - George Jones proves the honky-tonk spirit lives on

    Even before its release earlier this year, George Jones's Cold Hard Truth already was the most hugely hyped album of the honky-tonk hero's four-decade career, for two reasons: an alcohol-induced auto crash that damn near killed him, which would have ...

    by John Floyd on December 9, 1999
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    Rotations - Beck, Bill Laswell

    Beck Golden Feelings (Sonic Enemy) Midnite Vultures (DGC) While the hype already has begun on Midnite Vultures, Beck's new major-label effort, understanding Los Angeles's premier boho boychild-cum-mack-daddy is sharpened considerably by lis...

    by Ezra Gale on December 9, 1999
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    Beck - Golden Feelings;Midnite Vultures

    Beck Golden Feelings (Sonic Enemy) Midnite Vultures (DGC) While the hype already has begun on Midnite Vultures, Beck's new major-label effort, understanding Los Angeles's premier boho boychild-cum-mack-daddy is sharpened considerably by lis...

    by Alec Hanley Bemis on December 9, 1999
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    Bill Laswell - Imaginary Cuba

    Bill Laswell Imaginary Cuba (Wicklow) Your taste for Bill Laswell's collection and "reconstruction" of various Cuban sounds, Imaginary Cuba, will depend entirely on your taste for the patented sonic stamp that the producer, bassist, and self-de...

    by Ezra Gale on December 9, 1999
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    In Clubland - The Misfits and Gwar

    Egads! The Misfits and Gwar on a double bill. Sounds too grim to be true. But it is. At the Chili Pepper (200 W. Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale) on Sunday, the gruesome twosome will fill the club with dark music and morbid theatrics. These Misfits are...

    by Larry Boytano on December 9, 1999
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    Blow, Man, Blow - Jesse Jones, Jr., at home with his instrument

    On the cover of his first and so far only CD, Soul Serenade, Jesse Jones, Jr., is pictured gazing intently into the distance, clutching his alto saxophone to his chest as if it were a newborn child, an irreplaceable part of himself. The photograph ma...

    by Nina Korman on December 2, 1999
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    Subway Son - The self-taught feel-good grooves of Mo'Guajiro

    Long before the hipsters of Manhattan began lining up to see the venerable elders of the Buena Vista Social Club, country boys Nicholas Woloschuck and Aaron Halva were scraping together a meager living playing traditional Cuban son in New York City's...

    by Celeste Fraser Delgado on December 2, 1999
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    Deep Breaths - Monastic vibes from on high resonate here at sea level

    The Drepung Gomang college earned its name a little differently than most Western centers of learning. The Tibetan word gomang literally means "many doors," and the story is that spiritually advanced monks of Drepung Monastery were able to walk throu...

    by Bob Tarte on December 2, 1999
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    Rotations - Viva CuBop!, Trailer Bride

    Various Artists Viva CuBop! Jazz the Afro-Cuban Way (CuBop) The fact that CuBop, the Latin jazz arm of the independent label Ubiquity, has released twenty-two records in three years is proof enough that something is going right with "the litt...

    by John Floyd on December 2, 1999
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    In Clubland - Blues, beats, and bloodsuckin' fun

    It's hard to top the mammoth anniversary party with George Clinton, but Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave.) is trying with three consecutive nights of national blues talent. Old-time master blues interpreter John Hammond, Jr., returns to the Road on Thu...

    by Larry Boytano on December 2, 1999
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    Sounds of Silence - Welcome to the new Lincoln Road, where the Muzak is live

    Anyone looking for yet more signs of Lincoln Road's devolution from bohemian enclave to tourist-overrun strip mall should consider Miami Beach's new open-air music policy. As part of the city's attempt to fine tune its vision for the street, it has d...

    by Victor Cruz on November 25, 1999
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    Tangled Roots - Summoning musical spirit at Rasin '99

    Yellow bandannas with black letters bearing the Western Union logo graced nearly every head, neck, or waist at Rasin '99, held early this November at Bayfront Park. The fans of Haitian roots music -- a music based on the rhythms and traditional ref...

    by Celeste Fraser Delgado on November 25, 1999
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