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2002 Stories by Sam Prestianni

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  • Hear This

    published December 24, 2002

    Three decades after its original release, Recycling the Blues & Other Related Stuff still stands as the best testament to Taj Mahal's... More >>

  • East vs. West

    published December 11, 2002

    Weary of the in-crowd pretensions of the San Francisco scene, some performers and artists from Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda have banded together... More >>

  • Hear This

    published November 13, 2002

    Like any mood-altering substance that may be hazardous to your health, the Legendary Pink Dots require a certain leap of faith for a successful... More >>

  • Hear This

    published November 6, 2002

    More than 40 years ago, saxophonist Ornette Coleman shook up the jazz world with a bold new improv method he called harmolodics. Essentially, his... More >>

  • Hear This

    published October 30, 2002

    For a chamber group with instrumentation that leans to the quiet side -- acoustic guitar, dobro, banjo, accordion, piano, field organ, violin,... More >>

  • Heart of Glass

    published October 9, 2002

    When Godfrey Reggio's cult film Koyaanisqatsi was first released early in the Reagan-Bush reign, its tag line, "Life out of... More >>

  • Hear This

    published October 2, 2002

    Afro-Peruvian vocalist Susana Baca was in New York the week of Sept. 11, 2001, recording her fifth and most impressive album, Espiritu... More >>

  • Hear This

    published September 25, 2002

    Since first stepping into the spotlight in the late '60s with a stint supporting Miles Davis, U.K. bassist and composer Dave Holland has been in... More >>

  • Hear This

    published September 11, 2002

    Like a desert scene at dusk, the profoundly serene, beautiful, and slow-shifting compositions of Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem resonate long... More >>

  • Hear This

    published August 7, 2002

    Early in his career Bay Area saxophonist George Brooks (left, with Zakir Hussain) explored a range of disparate genres, from traditional and... More >>

  • Saxmen

    published August 7, 2002

    The top shows at the 13th annual Eddie Moore Jazz Festival prove once again why saxophonists have ruled jazz since the birth of bebop... More >>

  • Hear This

    published July 31, 2002

    Though far from a household name, jazz guitarist John Abercrombie has built a respectable fan base and garnered critical honors by going his own... More >>

  • Hear This

    published July 17, 2002

    Originally spawned in the fecund fields of Bloomington, Ind., Japonize Elephants From Zorlock Land of the Lost recently found its second home in... More >>

  • Out of West Africa

    published July 3, 2002

    The vibrant port city of Dakar has inspired some of the world's most gifted black musicians, from popular Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour to... More >>

  • Hear This

    published June 26, 2002

    No other contemporary artists do downtempo Americana better than Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. On last year's Grammy-nominated CD Time (The... More >>

  • Hear This

    published June 12, 2002

    As if coasting down an infinite lonesome highway at midnight, New York City singer/songwriter Nina Nastasia treads a dark path among despair,... More >>

  • Hear This

    published June 5, 2002

    A couple of the smartest tunes on Bratmobile's third full-length, Girls Get Busy, lambaste George Dubya's dubious war on terrorism... More >>

  • New Music Alternatives

    published May 8, 2002

    To counter the largely mainstream programming of the San Francisco Jazz Fest, local players from across the creative-music spectrum present the... More >>

  • Hear This

    published April 17, 2002

    Launched two years ago, the Cypress String Quartet's "Call & Response" concert series cultivates new audiences for classical music by presenting... More >>

  • Notable American Writer

    published April 10, 2002

    In his debut novel, Notable American Women, literary hipster Ben Marcus relies on clever language and postmodern artifice to... More >>

  • Hear This

    published April 3, 2002

    From the Rolling Stones to Donny & Marie Osmond, the best musical entertainers know that a little country and a little rock 'n' roll go a long way... More >>

  • Hear This

    published March 20, 2002

    Despite more than a century of activism for gender equality, master musicians of the "fair sex" continue to be ghettoized. Even in jazz, arguably... More >>

  • Hear This

    published March 13, 2002

    Berkeley baby boomer and improvising pianist Gregg Goodman periodically curates eclectic shows at his performance space, Woody Woodman's Finger... More >>

  • Monkey Business

    published March 13, 2002

    In a nation where political and religious leaders draw the line between good and the "axis of evil," it can be tough to grasp the central tenets... More >>

  • Hear This

    published February 27, 2002

    While most creative musicians dabble with so-called ethnic instruments in an effort to expand the tonal and timbral range of their work, San... More >>

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