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Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
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Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
04/08/2014 | Comments 0

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
03/18/2014 | Comments 0
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George Benson hopes to keep jazz alive

Charles Martin May 31st, 2007

George Benson already was one of the best guitar players in the history of jazz before he finally achieved his 1976 breakthrough with "Breezin'." Currently he's on tour with his latest album,...


George Benson already was one of the best guitar players in the history of jazz before he finally achieved his 1976 breakthrough with "Breezin'."

Currently he's on tour with his latest album, the Grammy-winning "Givin' It Up," a collaboration with legendary vocalist Al Jarreau which includes covers of some jazz classics. By stocking up with the standards, Benson hopes to draw in new listeners to jazz.

"We don't have the advantage of the earlier artists at the turn of the 20th century," he said. "Jazz was being paid attention to, there was lots of notoriety, lots of radio play. People don't have a feel for it now like they did years ago. Jazz was danceable back then and that was a big thing. If you have music that you can't dance to, you have a problem."

Benson has done his part to inject new life into the century-old music form, and he's seen others come after him to help carry the torch.

"It only takes one guy, one musician to change the planet," he said. "Wynton Marsalis did that. He made it popular again, kept it alive because they like him and he's done it to perfection. He can dissect the music verbally, explain it. Now we need someone to do that to the ear " someone who has that explosive element that builds it into a movement. That'll turn people on." "Charles Martin

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