Mark Keresman

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  • 4 years ago

    The artist known as Buckethead is an unusual variant on "guitar hero." He knows six-string constructs like a salamander knows wet leaves, but few know the face, or identity, of Buckethead (due to his ever-present bucket-shaped hood). Buckethead's ...

  • 8 years ago

    Dionne Warwick has disproved that old "no second acts in American lives" saw famously. With a voice both honeyed and dusky, Warwick was frontwoman for one of the greatest partnerships in pop history, Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Their 1960s chart...

  • 8 years ago

    An icon of 1960s free jazz, tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler had a singularly extreme approach that influenced figures as disparate as John Coltrane, Peter Brötzmann and Patti Smith. Healing Force pays tribute to Ayler's oft-reviled late period...

  • 9 years ago

    Guitarist James "Blood" Ulmer is a strange duck. Though he started out in jazz organ combos, Ulmer made his rep with avant-jazz icon Ornette Coleman in the latter's ebullient "harmolodic" period. Then in the mid-1980s, Ulmer began upping the ubiqu...

  • 9 years ago

    While he never achieved the same fame as his peers -- a group that includes Augustus Pablo and Tommy McCook -- the late Jackie Mittoo (19481990) was a major player in the history of reggae, rock steady and ska. Mittoo was an ace on the keyboards, ...

  • 9 years ago

    Along with B.B. King, George "Buddy" Guy is perhaps the quintessential modern blues singer/guitarist. Born in 1936, Guy came from the original wave of Chicago blues players that made a major impact on rock 'n' roll, establishing himself with Howli...


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