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1994 Stories by Linda Gruno

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  • PLAYLIST

    published December 14, 1994

    Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York (DGC) Too much is being made of this, and for reasons that are rather hard to fathom: I mean, I... More >>

  • MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL

    published December 14, 1994

    Denver singer-songwriter Michael Engberg makes a decent living as a solo musician. But if he ever comes up short, he can always earn some extra... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published December 7, 1994

    Pearl Jam Vitalogy (Epic) This isn't all that hot, but at least these guys are trying. The problem, as usual, are the songs, which are... More >>

  • TATTOO YOU

    published December 7, 1994

    What's important to Austin-based guitarist Chris Duarte is written all over his body. A case in point is the strange tattoo on Duarte's... More >>

  • PLAYLISTIN BRIEF

    published November 30, 1994

    Various Artists Woodstock '94 (A&M) Didn't I read about this on a Pepsi twelve-pack?--Michael Roberts Sade The Best of... More >>

  • TROWER OF POWER

    published November 30, 1994

    In the Seventies, English blues rocker Robin Trower gained fame in large part for his skill at aping Jimi Hendrix. But Trower feels that he has... More >>

  • TAYLOR TO FIT

    published November 23, 1994

    In response to the assurance that his impending fortieth birthday doesn't mean he's at death's door, pedal-steel guitarist and African music... More >>

  • HUNT FOR A BLUE NOVEMBER

    published November 16, 1994

    Pianist/vocalist Kelley Hunt speaks in an unhurried, no-pretenses manner, as if she's chatting with the girls down at the beauty shop. The... More >>

  • LIFE IN THE BLUE CITY

    published November 9, 1994

    The members of Denver's Blue City 5 take a philosophical approach to their work. The performers feel that their music is not going anywhere and... More >>

  • BRAFF'S BRASS

    published October 26, 1994

    Cornetist Ruby Braff knows exactly how to describe himself. "I'm a performer," he asserts. "I'm not like some other musicians. Back when I... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published October 19, 1994

    Spell Mississippi (Island) For those of you who think Westword can't be objective about this Denver-based band, let's start with a few... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published October 12, 1994

    Either/Orchestra, Saturday, October 15, at the Bluebird Theater, is the odd, eccentric, precocious (but dearly loved) brainchild of composer/... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published October 5, 1994

    Storyville, Friday, October 7, at the Boulder Theater, is a Texas quintet that offers a fresh take on the music of the Lone Star state by coupling... More >>

  • YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN

    published October 5, 1994

    Improvisational wizard Bill Frisell is known worldwide for his ethereal, thinking-man's work on the guitar, which he transforms into a stringed... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published September 21, 1994

    Eric Clapton From the Cradle (Reprise) This blues tribute disc was a good idea for three reasons: Much of Clapton's best work has been... More >>

  • SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS

    published September 21, 1994

    When saxophonist/composer David Murray attended his twenty-year high school reunion last year, he won an award for having the most unique... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published September 14, 1994

    Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots (Atlantic) It seems a little unfair to rag on the Pilots. I mean, there are ripoff artists in... More >>

  • MO' BETTER BLUES

    published September 14, 1994

    The standard promotional line on singer-songwriter Keb' Mo' goes something like this: One of the first artists to be signed to Epic's newly... More >>

  • WARD HAVE MERCY

    published September 7, 1994

    When asked to characterize his work, alto saxophonist/flutist Carlos Ward laughs. It's a broad laugh, but also a mysterious one: There's no way of... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published August 31, 1994

    Neil Young and Crazy Horse Sleeps With Angels (Reprise) Why Young remains a vibrant, intriguing, forward-looking artist at a time when... More >>

  • DANNY BOY

    published August 31, 1994

    For over two decades critics have been calling Danny Gatton "The World's Greatest Unknown Guitar Player"--and the way things are going, they may... More >>

  • CRITIC'S CHOICE

    published August 31, 1994

    Steely Dan, Tuesday, September 6, at Fiddler's Green, is a legendary act, and the chance to see the band live is a rare treat indeed. Walter... More >>

  • PLAYLIST

    published August 24, 1994

    Julian Cope Autogeddon (American) Anyone who wants to know a little bit more about the fine line between insanity and genius would do... More >>

  • INSTRUMENTS OF DESTRUCTION

    published August 24, 1994

    Author Gertrude Stein wrote that all vigorous art is irritating--and once it ceases to be irritating and becomes pleasant, it is no longer of any... More >>

  • 3'S A CROWD

    published August 10, 1994

    In the world of hip hop, too many performers think that playing sampled funk grooves behind their own bad raps magically transforms them into... More >>

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