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    Striking Oil - The curative effect of the New Wizard Oil Combination.

    If you talk to Wally Collins about Boulder's New Wizard Oil Combination, the musical aggregation he formed more than a quarter-century ago, make sure you get your lingo straight. "It's not a band," he says a bit testily. "We're a group or a choir, bu...

    by Marty Jones on January 23, 1997
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    Warburton's Piece

    One of the reasons bass legend Paul Warburton knows so much about the fabric of his music is that he's actually made music with it. Fabric, that is. "Before I started playing bass, when I was fourteen, I'd lay on my bed, which was covered with o...

    by Linda Gruno on January 16, 1997
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    Feedback

    If you've been to an avant-garde jazz show in Denver during the past decade, you've probably seen Alex Lemski, the president and driving force behind Denver's Creative Music Works, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Tall, gangly and in...

    by Michael Roberts on January 16, 1997
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    Playlist

    Ivo Perelman + "Cama de Terra" (Homestead) Oranj Symphonette Plays Mancini (Gramavision) The phrase "forward into the past" is such an obvious (and amusing) contradiction that the comedy troupe Firesign Theatre used it as the ti...

    by Brad Tyer on January 16, 1997
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    Damage Control - Jeru the Damaja aims to save rap from itself.

    Most Nineties celebrities understand that baring their souls comes with the territory. Your average personality mag is brimming with profiles of famous people who disclose their deepest, darkest secrets as casually as they cash their royalty checks--...

    by Michael Roberts on January 16, 1997
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    Playlist

    Various Artists Deep in the Heart of Tuva: Cowboy Music From the Wild East (Ellipsis Arts) Various Artists Tibet: The Heart of Dharma (Ellipsis Arts) Hukwe Zawose Chibite (Real World/Caroline) "World music" is one of t...

    by Kevin Crouse on January 9, 1997
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    A Good Rap - Exploring the mindstate of the hip-hoppers in Denver's nGomA.

    For Robert Woolfolk II--aka Dap, one of the pair of performers behind the impressive Denver-based rap group nGomA--musical eclecticism runs in the family. His father, the Reverend Robert Woolfolk Sr., is the spiritual leader of Five Points' Agape Chr...

    by Michael Roberts on January 9, 1997
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    The topic of the June 13, 1996, edition of this column was a change in the membership of 16 Horsepower, a terrific Denver band whose major-label debut--the A&M release Sackcloth 'n' Ashes--had hit stores just a few months earlier. Keven Soll, who'd b...

    by Michael Roberts on January 9, 1997
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    The Bard of Denver

    Denver musician Eric Bard's goals are humble. "Basically, what I'm after," he says candidly, "is a cheap laugh." The means by which Bard achieves his ends are certainly novel: He uses drums and a saxophone, often played at the same time, to comp...

    by Marty Jones on January 9, 1997
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    Get Local - Begin 1997 with the ten best Colorado CDs of 1996.

    Last week, I compiled my list of favorite national releases from the past year ("The Prize Patrol," December 26). This week, peruse my alphabetical roster of 1996's best Colorado releases: ten fine recordings by a variety of local artists whose work ...

    by Michael Roberts on January 2, 1997
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    And now it's time for a startling revelation: It's not easy to find innocence in rock and roll. I know--I recently thought I'd located this rarest of commodities right here in the Queen City of the West, only to discover that just beneath its surface...

    by Michael Roberts on January 2, 1997
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    Commerce City or Bust - The exuberant rock of the Commerce City Rollers.

    Maranda Gaylord, the grande dame of the Commerce City Rollers, has never wanted for moxie. Barely one year after she first strapped on a bass, she tried out for Denver's '57 Lesbian in the hopes of filling the slot vacated by Spell's Chanin Floyd. He...

    by Amy Kiser on January 2, 1997
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    Playlist

    Curtis Mayfield New World Order (Warner Bros.) Mayfield, who was paralyzed from the neck down in an onstage accident, discovered a year or so ago that he could sing as long as his body was in a reclining position. But doing so remains an ...

    by Joshua Green on January 2, 1997
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    The Prize Patrol - The biggest musical winners from 1996.

    What follows is a list of the best albums of 1996. Sort of. Each December this decade, I've sat down to compile a roster of the finest recordings that came my way during the preceding eleven months. But because of the sheer volume of material I'v...

    by Michael Roberts on December 26, 1996
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    The End of the Groove

    It's not that the members of Furious George and the Monster Groove are lazy. Anyone who's seen a club gig by the combo (lead singer James Elias, bassist Luke Davis, drummer Scott Bruggeman, guitarist Jimmy Boardman, trombonists Abraham Martinez and B...

    by Katie Szymanski on December 19, 1996
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    To Buy or Not to Buy - Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.

    Various Artists Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack (Warner Bros.) According to the tabloid press, Evita is the most anticipated new film of 1996--although the people who seem most eager to see this musical biography of th...

    by Michael Roberts on December 19, 1996
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    Feedback

    It's time for Feedback's year-end clearance. All items must go. The closings of (america) and the Tivoli Brewery Restaurant--both located in the Tivoli complex, which serves as a student center for the Auraria campus--are embroiled in a mystery t...

    by Michael Roberts on December 19, 1996
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    Playing the Classics

    "Country music is like Spam," claims disc jockey Rich Beall. "A lot of people don't want to admit to it, but they sure do like it." He pauses before adding, "Some people just don't want to come out of the closet and say, 'I like classic country.'" ...

    by Marty Jones on December 12, 1996
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    The Gravity of the Situation - Maids of Gravity frontman Ed Ruscha tries to play the music game his way.

    "I've always hated the radio," announces Ed Ruscha, leader of the Maids of Gravity, in a sunny, what-me-worry? voice. "Except for, like--well, I listen to oldies and stuff. But hit radio? So much of it is terrible. Basically I'm like, 'Fuck, I can't ...

    by Michael Roberts on December 12, 1996
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    Soul-Jazz Power - Hank Crawford and Jimmy McGriff haven't changed a lick since the Sixties. And why should they?

    When veteran alto saxophonist Hank Crawford and Hammond B-3 wizard Jimmy McGriff formed a quartet in 1986, their record company, Milestone, documented the union with the release of Soul Survivors, a high-energy platter filled with R&B, blues and lots...

    by Linda Gruno on December 12, 1996
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