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Morton Shlabotnik

Morton Shlabotnik reviews a pair of books published by Minnesota's Adventure Publications, Tall Ships: History Comes to the Great Lakes and Wisconsin Day Trips by Themes. Read more

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Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars display command over the basics of rock ’n’ roll on Gulfstream, and offers echoes of New Orleans R&B, Creedence Clearwater Revival swamp boogie and zydeco shuffles. Read more

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The Great Circus Parade has been a summer event in Milwaukee on and off since the 1960s—the kind of thing that draws fanatics who camp out the night before along the route, lest they lose their f,Books Read more

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Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France defined Gypsy jazz ages ago, but now an Italian group rises to claim the mantle. The Naples septet operates on the progressive end of jazz-rock with a steady tempo as the platform for improvisatio... Read more

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The bass is upfront in the mix on Brinks, the debut by Daniel Fortin, and little wonder. He’s considered one of Canada’s best bassists for his side work in pop as well as jazz. For Brinks he focuses on jazz, with studiously developed melodi... Read more

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For anyone who suspects that contemporary jazz has descended into tiresome virtuosity, the Rotem Sivan Trio offers proof that the old formats can still come alive. A New Dance conjures classic-era jazz guitar music and takes the form in les... Read more

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Klezmer, Baroque and tango are all at home on the eponymous debut by Big Galut(e). The group is comprised of classically trained musicians intensely absorbed in the Jewish tradition. Read more

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Israeli-born, British-based Gilad Atzmon has enjoyed a varied career as saxophonist for everyone from Pink Floyd to Ian Dury, Robert Wyatt to Paul McCartney. His main love is jazz. On The Whistle Blower, the eighth album with his band, The ... Read more

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The members of Chico Trujillo started by playing punk and ska, but like some of their brethren in the U.S. who fooled around with polka for kicks, they turned to the old music of their region as a fun marker of local identity. Reina de Toda... Read more

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Formed in the San Francisco Bay area, the Grammy-nominated Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet maintains tempi solid enough to fill dance floors at salsa clubs but sufficiently fluid in changes to please jazz fans. Intercambio is their latest ... Read more

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Drummer-composer is still an unusual hyphenation, but Devin Gray—along with saxophonist-clarinetist Chris Speed, pianist Kris Davis and bassist Chris Tordini—proves the combination can be done well on RelativE ResonancE. Read more

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Norske Nook Bakery and Restaurant’s owner Jerry Bechard and manager Cindee Borton-Parker share some of their prized recipes in a new cookbook, The Norske Nook Book of Pies and Other Recipes. Read more

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The Paris-based Ajoyo brings together a gaggle of expatriates from North Africa, West Africa and the Middle East under an Afrobeat groove on their eponymous album. The polyrhythms sweep along the solos in a structure musically flexible enou... Read more

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Based in France but international in origin, the members of The Afrorockerz represent what Afrobeat has become in the 21st century—their eponymous album is a smooth dance-floor mix comprised of pumping West African guitars, funky rock rhyth... Read more

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The slightly melancholy, often madcap sound of Balkan brass bands has assumed a more international feel along with a global audience. The U.S.-based Cocek! Brass Band might not sound entirely out of place Read more

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Simo Lagnawi came to attention busking on London streets. Even in that polyglot capital he must have stood out for his colorful tribal garb and music. The Moroccan Berber expatriate maintains a thrumming, hypnotic groove throughout his late... Read more

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Seattle will long be remembered as ground zero of grunge, but that’s not the only music the city has nurtured in recent times. The Bad Things are an Americana group with a particular perspective, which includes conjuring ghosts of the city... Read more

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A feast of beautiful women’s voices is served in the latest release by Moira Smiley & VOCO. With the inspiration of polyphonic chorales such as the Bulgarian Women’s Choir, Smiley began as a Balkan song collector and has only widened her gr... Read more

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An extraterrestrial phenomenon impacts the lives of three otherwise unconnected people in widely spaced parts of the Earth—Los Angeles, London and a Japanese forest. With Celeste, graphic novelist I.N.J. Culbard lets the visual aspects of t... Read more

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Many Wisconsinites have tossed a freshly caught fish into the frying pan or gone hunting for mushrooms. John Motoviloff explores the forest-to-table concept in his Read more

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Kalya Ramu has a diverse resume in rock and blues but on Living in a Dream, the Toronto singer shows her jazz side. Read more

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Brazil’s Stratus Luna is a present-day progressive rock band at the highest level, and their instrumental self-titled debut album is masterful. Read more

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On the Mark Dresser Seven’s second album, the jazz combo makes ambitious music, melodic yet cacophonous, displaying instrumental agility in compositions inspired by Charles Mingus and Arthur Blythe. Read more

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Distinctly Latin American rock is almost as old as rock, and this century, Austin’s Grupo Fantasma have turned the next page with their accordion-guitar-brass powered music. Read more

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Trinidadian trumpeter Etienne Charles’ original compositions on this album are in the fusion vein, but draw from lively Caribbean rhythms and sonic impressions of characters taking part in carnival festivities. Read more

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Guitarist-vocalist Frederico7’s bilingual song collection, Exótico Americano, features wiry funk bass lines, warm tropical tones and dreamy rock guitar and vocals. Read more

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This Could Be the One showcases jazz vocalist Karin Plato’s warm, sunny voice on a set of mostly original numbers, the best of them worthy of consideration for the jazz-singer canon. Read more

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On Global, saxophonist Godwin Louis places vibrant melodies and African-derived rhythms in a context drawing from 1960s jazz. Read more

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Blue Standard, the emotive duo of vocalist Raoul Bhaneja and vocalist Jesse Whiteley, romps around the Great American Songbook on their debut album, A Good Thing. Read more

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On his 11th solo album, the Indonesian guitarist Dewa Budjana leaps easily between registers, jumping from the sonic frills of fusion jazz to the harsh roar of grunge. Read more

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Internal Combustion by the Montreal Quartet Lawful Citizen is a set of compositions related to the spark and vroom of motor vehicles, including motorcycles. You could call it jazz for Harley dealerships. Read more

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Drawn from the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Holiday Cookie Contest, The Great Minnesota Cookie Book gathers well more than 100 recipes, many of them relatively easy to prepare. Read more

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Ethan Ardelli has drummed on several award-winning jazz albums but steps out into the light as bandleader on The Island of Form. Read more

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San Francisco’s 15-member Hip Spanic Allstars cut a lively groove or two on its latest album with a ’70s funk sound dressed up in bright Latin colors. Read more

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Film Clips include Bad Times at the El Royale, Film Girl Film Festival, First Man, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, Movie Collectable Show. Read more

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The graphic novel Tumult is an emotionally intelligent noirish thriller, whose text panels comment ironically on the speech bubbles and the action depicted in the frames. Read more

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Grammy-nominated saxophonist Miguel Zenón has released an emotionally vibrant album of eight commissioned works that draw on his native Puerto Rico’s folklore. Read more

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The second release on a North American label by Havana’s Harold Lopez-Nussa shows the talented young pianist to have one foot in jazz and the other in his country’s traditional rhythms. Read more

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In Real Time is a showcase for the veteran and versatile jazz trumpeter John Bailey as well as that of his side musicians, especially guitarist John Hart. Read more

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As a water resource manager, dog lover and bird hunter, Ken M. Blomberg has written a book that is partly a guide to where to hunt as well as a reflection on the sport. Read more

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