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Best Concerts of 2013

The time has come for me to reflect on the 128 concerts I attended in 2013 and determine the top ten. It was an extremely difficult task this year because I saw so many excellent shows.

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I laid one ground rule for myself. I did not include sets at festivals for one main reason – there is generally a lot more energy at a festival than at a ‘regular’ concert and the musicians feed off that energy which produces a better show. Also, at festivals musicians from other bands tend to sit in with the act on stage so one is not always seeing the band as they typically perform. Read the rest of this entry

Mehliana – What an Incredible Show!

I had no idea what to expect from Mehliana‘s show – mainly because they have not yet released any recordings together (their first will be released in January)! The only thing I expected was jazz, and I got that and more.

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Brad Mehldau, a fantastic pianist, and Mark Guiliana, an amazing drummer, comprise the new duo Mehliana.

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