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The Late Jazzman Joe Morello's Country Connection

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 07:04 AM Written by

Drummer Joe Morello, who rose to fame as a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet and whose percussive gifts shaped landmark Brubeck recordings like "Take Five" and its 1959 parent album, "Time Out," an experiment with complex time signatures, died March 12 in New Jersey at age 82.  Morello was one-fourth of the "classic" Brubeck Quartet. He and bassist Eugene Wright became the infallible rhythm section driving alto saxophonist (and "Take Five" composer) Paul Desmond and Brubeck's inventive, intricate piano.

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Tuesday, 29 March 2011 04:11 AM Written by
When Get Rhythm went live yesterday, the comment, email and other features weren't yet tied into the blog. That's been taken care off.  Now, as with all PG blogs, you can now feel free to register, comment and join the dialogue as we ramp things up.

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Ashton Shepherd: Attitude to Burn on 'Look It Up'

Monday, 28 March 2011 05:14 PM Written by

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MCA Nashville signed Ashton Shepherd over three years ago. The Alabama native's debut album Sounds So Good received its share of acclaim though it only reached No.16. on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. The album's two singles, "Takin' Off This Pain," and "Sounds So Good," peaked at No. 20 and No.21, respectively. I found that surprising, since her no-bull voice, sharp and unabashedly twangy, allows her to hit a lyric head-on, as she does on her current single, "Look It Up." So far, it's reached No. 23 on the Billboard charts. Frankly, given the quality of her work, she deserves better.

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Welcome!

Monday, 28 March 2011 03:00 AM Written by

Welcome to Get Rhythm, which probably should be subtitled "Country and then some." Country will be the major focus and nowadays, that covers a pretty wide swath of music. Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Buddy Miller, The Grascals, Ricky Skaggs, the Hot Club of Cowtown, Hank Williams III, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Robbie Fulks, Willie Nelson, George Jones and Loretta Lynn all fit into that style. Of course, categories and classifications abound: modern country, Americana, rockabilly, honky-tonk, bluegrass, roots music, western swing, alternative country, classic country and so on.

If you've checked the PG's weekly "Believe Your Ears" music podcasts, which I contribute to along with PG staffers (most notably Scott Mervis),you might notice I don't always stick to country. That's because over the years, I've written about mainstream jazz, classic pop of the Sinatra-Tony Bennett variety as well as early rock. That same eclectic approach applies here. I might occasionally look at instrumental players. And I won't ignore history, including reissues of country, jazz, pop, etc. Expect an occasional book review as well.

Most of what you'll see here will be familiar, but expect trips off the beaten path to focus on obscure but worthwhile performers, albums or styles you might not be as familiar with.  And when a breaking event happens, I'll look at it—sometimes with an unconventional spin.

As always, Scott and the PG's ever-capable A&E staff will handle local music and the region's performers. I'll be concentrating on national acts and everything mentioned above.  With all that going on, I'd suggest checking back often.  Enjoy!

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