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February 23, 1992 | CHRIS WILLMAN, Chris Willman is a regular contributor to Calendar. and
In rock 'n' roll, it's supposed to work the other way around. From the Beatles to the recently late Replacements, the story usually unfolds the same way: Rambunctious youngsters get together, form a band and make it big. Then tempers flare, egos expand and solo careers blossom. Everyone knows that group tricks are for kids and solo careers are synonymous with middle age. The four members of the recently incorporated Little Village, though, somehow got this flight plan backward.
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February 23, 1992 | CHRIS WILLMAN, Chris Willman is a regular contributor to Calendar. and
In rock 'n' roll, it's supposed to work the other way around. From the Beatles to the recently late Replacements, the story usually unfolds the same way: Rambunctious youngsters get together, form a band and make it big. Then tempers flare, egos expand and solo careers blossom. Everyone knows that group tricks are for kids and solo careers are synonymous with middle age. The four members of the recently incorporated Little Village, though, somehow got this flight plan backward.
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October 4, 2012
MUSIC The fifth annual Angel City Jazz Festival begins Friday with a free show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art featuring Phil Ranelin, a remarkable meeting between guitarist Anthony Wilson and session drum-deity Jim Keltner on Saturday at REDCAT and a multi-act festival featuring young trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and fiery saxophonist Archie Shepp on Sunday at Ford Amphitheater. The festival continues into next weekend. Venues around Los Angeles; admission and times vary.
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June 3, 2001 | NATALIE NICHOLS
* * * LUCINDA WILLIAMS "Essence" Lost Highway It's been almost three years since the critically beloved singer-songwriter put out her Grammy-winning, profile-raising "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road." But that's actually a fast turnaround for an artist who's releasing only her sixth album in 22 years. Where the mainstream roots-rock sound of "Car Wheels" was exuberant and practically slick, the spare yet elegant "Essence" (in stores Tuesday) is rawer and more subdued.
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February 23, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM
LITTLE VILLAGE "Little Village" Reprise * * * 1/2 All-star bands tend to sound like patchwork quilts of personalities. But Villagers John Hiatt, Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner weave a cohesive tapestry, made of classic roots-rock fiber and embroidered with delightful strands of invention and eccentricity.
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June 22, 2003
Having been fortunate enough to work with some of the best drummers in the world, I can honestly say that anyone using a machine in preference to the real thing is usually doing so for economic reasons rather than artistic. Drums are one of the most challenging instruments to capture on tape, and for this reason it's more cost effective to use a machine, although I doubt anyone would argue that they'd prefer a mechanical device to the feel and interpretation of their drummer of choice.
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November 1, 1987 | STEVE HOCHMAN
* * * 1/2 RY COODER. "Get Rhythm." Warner Bros. A Cooder album is the musical version of "mix-in" ice cream, with various tasty items blended into favorite flavors to create entirely new treats. Cooder's first non-sound-track release in five years includes at least a sampling of virtually every style that the singer-guitarist has ever tackled. In other words, it's just your average blues/folk/Tex-Mex/R&B/gospel/Okinawan/Caribbean/funk/rock extravaganza.
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April 10, 1992 | JEAN ROSENBLUTH
Little Village's new debut album adds up to less than the sum of its parts: Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, Jim Keltner and Nick Lowe. None of the material can match the best of the members' solo work or earlier collaborations, including their previous get-together on Hiatt's 1986 album "Bring the Family." But the sort-of supergroup's Pantages Theatre concert on Wednesday was one of the year's most satisfying, smile-inducing performances.
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