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  • Words + Guitar (+ Beats + Skronk)

    published December 31, 1997

    Jeff Stark's Top 10 Records Released in 1997 1) (tie) Spiritualized, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space The Perfect Prescription,... More >>

  • Hear This

    published December 17, 1997

    Incubus Spawned from the remote SoCal suburb of Calabass, Incubus kick an up-to-the-minute hard rock/funk hybrid with the kind of... More >>

  • Reviews

    published December 10, 1997

    Charming Hostess Eat (Vaccination) On Eat, Charming Hostess' intense three-voice harmony radiates female energy enough to... More >>

  • Reviews

    published December 3, 1997

    Gravediggaz The Pick, the Sickle and the Shovel (Gee Street) The plan was simple: Ally two talented but unsigned hip-hop... More >>

  • Hear This

    published December 3, 1997

    Mumble & Peg The players in Mumble & Peg are a screwy lot, mutant offspring of the late '60s and early '70s, mixed up from birth with the... More >>

  • Hear This

    published November 12, 1997

    Steve Lacy With an Apollonian ear for melody and almost superhuman technique, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy is god to two kinds of... More >>

  • Reviews

    published November 12, 1997

    EPMD Back in Business (Def Jam) L.L. Cool J Phenomenon (Def Jam) Most rappers drop one good album before they... More >>

  • Hear This

    published November 5, 1997

    Klezmer Mania! From New York City nightclubs and movie theaters to San Francisco recital halls and backyard parties, the serpentine... More >>

  • Reviews

    published October 29, 1997

    "Jazz Horizons": Cassandra Wilson, Charlie Hunter Group Masonic Auditorium Friday, Oct. 24 Cassandra Wilson and Charlie... More >>

  • Hear This

    published October 29, 1997

    Stellamara There's retro and then there's retro. These days, the trendy tag usually refers to old-school garage rock or that whole... More >>

  • Hear This

    published October 22, 1997

    The Delta 72 Blast from the past and then some, the overdriven Delta 72 make you want to do the watusi or shimmy-bop until the weasel goes... More >>

  • S.F. Jazz Festival

    published October 22, 1997

    Picking the Fest The New Cuban Jazz With Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio and Omar Sosa/John Santos Duo Cuba has been America's risque... More >>

  • Deuces Wild!

    published October 8, 1997

    If so-called avant-garde jazz doesn't shake listeners with new, unfamiliar structures, it's not doing its job. Contemporary improv can overwhelm... More >>

  • Hear This

    published October 8, 1997

    Muzsiks & Marta Sebestyen After earning 67 seconds of fame by singing the opening theme of last year's most unaccountably popular art-house... More >>

  • Hear This

    published October 1, 1997

    Liberty Ellman With a rock-drummer dad and a supergroupie mom, Liberty Ellman was bound to be a guitar star. But Ellman didn't realize his... More >>

  • Hear This

    published September 24, 1997

    Sebastian Robin Craig & the Manifold Acid Symphony Hetero, Christian, pimp, fag. Nigger, heathen, cracker, whore. Classical, soul, pop,... More >>

  • Hear This

    published September 17, 1997

    Wolfgang Fuchs Add to that list of dangerous European improvisers invading our shores of late -- John Butcher, Gianni Gebbia, Luc Houtkamp,... More >>

  • Hear This

    published September 10, 1997

    "Improvise a Picnic" with Rova Saxophone Quartet Explorative jazz improvisers (and their fans) seem like nonparticipants in the greater... More >>

  • Hear This

    published September 3, 1997

    Vaccination Feeding Frenzy Carnival In an effort to raise funds to promote the latest albums by Idiot Flesh, Mumble & Peg, and Frank Pahl,... More >>

  • Hear This

    published August 20, 1997

    Anthony Braxton's Ghost Trance Festival Braxton never thinks small. He realized long ago that if music ("jazz") is to retain its vitality... More >>

  • Hear This

    published August 13, 1997

    Sam Rivers' Living Legend Tribute Jazz in Flight has dedicated the last two nights of its Eddie Moore Jazz Festival to Sam Rivers for being... More >>

  • Spliffy

    published August 6, 1997

    Smokin' Grooves Tour Shoreline Amphitheater Saturday, July 26 Moments after taking our seats about 20 rows back from the stage,... More >>

  • Hear This

    published July 30, 1997

    Mickey Hart's Planet Drum Regardless of what you think about the Grateful Dead, you have to give props to drummer Mickey Hart for his... More >>

  • Hear This

    published July 23, 1997

    Peter van Bergen Due to the aggressive booking policies of performance spaces like the Luggage Store and the Yellow Room, the Bay Area's... More >>

  • Hear This

    published July 16, 1997

    Rent Romus' Lords of Outland Saxophonist/composer Rent Romus is committed to exploring new paths for improvisation. Last year, he... More >>

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