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The 10 songs on "Beloved," alto saxophonist Kris Allen's new quartet album featuring tenor Frank Kozyra, bassist Lucques Curtis and drummer Jonathan Barber, are studies in ambiguity and clarity, mixing spirituality with cool precision.
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Trombonist Rick Parker often travels to Shanghai with his wife, a college professor who studies internet gaming and youth culture in China.
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Editor's note: Press Play is a column exploring the underground musicians of Connecticut. If you have new music to share, send it to mhamad@courant.com .
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Gravel-voiced journeyman Ray LaMontagne 's new album, "Ouroboros" (a dragon or snake that eats its own tail), has a circular structure: two suite-like halves, the first anxious and restless, the second moving toward some semblance of serenity.
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Thursday:@wyeoak and @teentheband at the Ballroom at @theouterspacect http://www.ctnow.com/music/hc-wye-oak-ballroom-outer-space-20160616-story.html
Whenever they perform, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, the members of Wye Oak, walk a tightrope.
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On Friday, Mercy Choir, a New Haven band that was never really a band, begins a monthly residency at Never Ending Books — a New Haven bookstore that's not really a bookstore.
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With a bit of context, listening to Laura Gibson's "Empire Builder," her terrific new album, becomes an even richer and more nuanced experience.
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Last summer's Fare Thee Well concerts, which took place in Santa Clara, Calif., and Chicago, were billed as the final five shows the surviving members of the Grateful Dead — Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart — would ever play together.
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Certain artists — James Brown , Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Talking Heads, Public Enemy, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, on and on — make you dance, and also make you think. Your body responds to the grooves. Your voice rises and falls with the cadences of the lyrics. You feel sweaty and spiritually galvanized.
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Veteran bassist Mario Pavone, 75, was a late bloomer; he started playing music at 24, and didn't discover jazz until he was nearly 30.
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Staff Music Writer at Hartford Courant and CTNow.com
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taught Corey Haim how to operate a personal watercraft
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  • University of Hartford
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  • Colgate University
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