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Walter Becker’s Death: Farewell to Steely Dan

With Walter Becker’s death on Sunday, jazz-rock’s unlikeliest superstars are no more. They will be missed. Kyle Smith writes: ‘Polished through countless takes,” wrote the New York Times’s Jon Pareles in his weekend obituary of Walter [...]

AI-Generated Pop Song Puts Human Composers on Notice

Rich Haridy reports: At the rate AI-generated music is progressing, it could be old-fashioned to manually compose songs in as little as a decade. The latest step forward comes with the release of “Break Free,” the first single from the [...]

Why Vinyl’s Boom Is Over

As purists complain about low quality and high prices, vinyl sales taper off; Gillian Welch and David Rawlings cut their own records. Neil Shah writes: Folk music duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were frustrated by the quality of vinyl LPs being [...]

Jazz Great Miles Davis Speaks His Mind on Ferraris

Al Auger writes: Let a local jazz DJ lay a Miles Davis sound on the airwaves and I’ll remember the many dimensions of a man few people ever saw. Davis, who died Sept. 28, 1991, lived a meteoric career that defined him as taciturn, humorless, [...]

Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Pioneer, Dies at 69

Chris Morris reports: Gregg Allman, whose hard-jamming, bluesy sextet the Allman Brothers Band was the pioneering unit in the Southern rock explosion of the ‘70s, died Saturday due to complications from liver cancer, his longtime manager, [...]

Award-winning Eagle guitar flies into production

Paul Ridden writes: At first glance, it looks 3D-printed but the Eagle from Spain’s David Flores Loredo is actually fashioned from wood. The futuristic-looking double-horned guitar sports a body that’s full of shapely holes to help cut [...]

[VIDEO] Listening To Blade Runner

In the futuristic year of 2019, Los Angeles has become a dark and depressing metropolis, filled with urban decay. Rick Deckard, an ex-cop, is a “Blade Runner”. Blade runners are people assigned to assassinate “replicants”. [...]

The Day Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Teamed Up

Eddie Deezen writes: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were introduced on a New York street in March of 1945. Dean was born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio, on June 7, 1917. Jerry was born Jerome Levitch in Newark, New Jersey, on March 16, [...]

Allan Holdsworth, 1946-2017

“It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father,” she posted on Facebook. “We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, granddad, friend and musical genius. We will [...]

John McLaughlin: The Last Long Haul

Fusion pioneer will say goodbye to the road in November, with help from fellow guitar virtuoso Jimmy Herring. Mac Randall writes: On Jan. 4, John McLaughlin turned 75—a noteworthy birthday for anybody lucky enough to reach it, and one that seems [...]