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Feb 26, 2013 11:30AM

Grit and Soul – Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite

“I’ve spent my whole life immersed in the blues,” Ben Harper says.

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Apr 1, 2009 9:05AM

Let The Right Sounds In: Fleetwood Mac's Studio Genius Opens Up About His Off-Kilter Production Techniques

Buckingham’s carefree attitude toward the tools of his craft seems diametrically opposed to his painstakingly layered production approach. Despite his sometimes lo-fi applications, Buckingham consistently turns out musical projects of sonic richness and lyrical depth that reflect the clarity of the conceptual mastermind behind the console. With releases such as Fleetwood Mac’s left-of-center Tusk, the Fairlight-laden Tango in the Night, and his own Go Insane, Law and Order, Under the Skin, Out of the Cradle, and the recent Gift of Screws [Reprise], Buckingham has built a reputation as a studio experimentalist. He meticulously details every tune with multiple bluesy, folk-inspired, and slightly distorted guitar tracks that dart in and out of the stereo image; blossoming multi-part vocal sequences; and magical, yet almost unidentifiable sonic particles. Now, if only we could corner him on the specifics of how he does it...

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Mar 1, 2009 10:55AM

The 50th Anniversary Of Kind Of Blue: Remastering A Masterpiece For CD and Vinyl

The best-selling jazz album of all time, the stark modal style of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue has inspired countless musicians—everyone from the Doors and James Brown to Weather Report, Q-Tip, and Portishead. Recorded in 1959, at Columbia’s legendary 30th Street Studio in Manhattan—which also was the home for celebrated recordings by Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, and Sly & The Family Stone—Kind of Blue was the dividing line between Davis’ cool period, and the exploratory music that began with his revolutionary ’60s quintet. Housed in an abandoned Greek Orthodox church at 207 East 30th Street, 30th Street Studio measured 100 feet by 100 feet with very high ceilings and gorgeous wooden arches. The enormous space was converted to suit the acoustic desires of each artist with the use of gobos and baffles, allowing the studio to record everything from small jazz groups to pop singers to massive choral and orchestral pieces.

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Nov 1, 2007 7:20PM

First Hand News

Fleetwood Mac Co-Conspirator Richard Dashut Reflects on Recording and Mixing Rumours.

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