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Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga at Umbria Jazz

 

  I just want to say before I begin that Tony Bennett is important.  He's important to me, and to so many other people in the world.  He's a "pop" singer who stylizes a melody and varies it whenever he…
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Becca Stevens - "Perfect Animal" - Drivin' and Listenin'

I'm late to the party on this artist.  I'm not going to claim to be a maven or an early adopter, though I heard her with my pal Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra​.  Becca Stevens.  I loved the last record with "Weightless"…

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Jo Lawry - "Taking Pictures"

I'm thinking of starting a "blog series" or "bunch of Shilansky opinions" series or whatever these are, with the name "Drivin' and Listenin'" or something like that, because I seem to do most of my focused listening to music in…

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Setlist! Volume 1. May 23, 2015

Amazing Vocalist Jeremy Ragsdale and I used to joke about setlsts.  We would talk about the setlist for our current gig (as a Ragsdale solo set, say, with Esperanza Spalding on bass) or a Syncopation gig, as though it were…

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Favorite Concerts!

Here's a Sunday Evening bit of food for thought:

I was reminiscing about my favorite concerts I've ever attended. I'm sure I'm forgetting many of them, but I though I'd provide this little list.  Maybe by doing so I'll…

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Eat your heart out, "The Onion." I can use satire, too!

Brockton, MA (AP) - According to witnesses, the keyboardist of a local wedding band went berserk last night, severely beating several groomsmen and setting the remnants of the wedding cake on fire. The reception had been a jubilant one, with…

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Whither Criticism, Part I

 

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/10/15/arts/jazz-view-a-jazz-generation-and-the-miles-davis-curse.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm http://jonimitchell.com/library/view.cfm?id=1049 http://variety.com/2013/digital/news/netflix-chief-rips-new-york-times-over-negative-arrested-development-review-1200489764/ http://www.bostonjazzblog.com      

I want to sound off in a somewhat definitive way, for me, about Arts Criticism.
Much of it has been said before, but maybe not in quite this…

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Welcome and whassup!

Hi everyone.  Welcome to the online world of Mark Shilansky.

I've blogged a bit in the past on myspace, somewhat memorably actually if you wanna check out posts from a couple years ago (http://www.myspace.com/markshilansky), but we all know what has…