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Author Archives: Phillip Barnett

Phillip Barnett is a software geek with multiple, conflicting musical fantasies. He has played jazz piano, folk guitar and klezmer clarinet (not all at the same time - that would look ridiculous and would probably hurt his back).

DVD Review: The War Zone – Centennial Anniversary Series: The First World War

World War I Documentary

The War Zone: Centennial Anniversary Series - The First World War: The War To End All Wars presents an Anglo-centric view of World War I. Read More »

Music Review: Ahmad Jamal – ‘Saturday Morning’


Ahmad Jamal is a virtuoso in terms of his technique – he just chooses how and when to put that virtuosity on display. Read More »

Music Review: Cynthia Sayer – ‘Joyride’

Album Cover - Cynthia Sayer - Joyride

An accessible, fun album that's recommendable to jazz fans and non-jazz fans alike. Read More »

Music Review: Tommy Flanagan/Jaki Byard: The Magic of 2 – Live at Keystone Korner

This release contains a rich, nuanced performance that showcases two piano masters who clearly connect to each other, and to the audience. Read More »

Music Review: Commander Cody and His Modern Day Airmen – Live from the Island

Commander Cody and His Modern Day Airmen plays an excellent brand of boogie/rockabilly-influenced rock and roll. Read More »

Music Blu-ray Review: Miles Davis with Quincy Jones and the Gil Evans Orchestra Live at Montreux 1991

Miles Davis with Quincy Jones  & the Gil Evans Orchestra Live At Montreux 1991 captures a great moment in the history of jazz. Read More »

Interview: Rock Pioneer Commander Cody

The pioneering bandleader talks about the Lost Planet Airmen, his current group, and other topics. Read More »

Music Review: Terri Lyne Carrington – Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue

Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue is a worthy tribute by some of the sharpest and thoughtful artists on the scene. Read More »

Music Reviews: Various Artists – Brass Pins & Pearls…, Khansahib Ustad Abdul Karim Khan – 1934-1935, Marika Papagika – The Further the Flame…

These compilations leave the listener with an appreciation for the skill of the performers and the traditions they represent. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists – What Remains of Eden/Bed of Pain/To What Strange Place

These collections of earlier 20th century Middle Eastern and Greek music are impressive in their diversity and depth. Read More »