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November 7 2019
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After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

"Without music life would be a mistake," Nietzsche proclaimed in 1889. But although a great many beloved writers have extolled the power of music with varying degrees of Nietzsche's bombast, no one has captured its singular enchantment more beautifully than Aldous Huxley.

In his mid-thirties - just before the publication of Brave New World catapulted him into literary celebrity and a quarter century before his insightful writings about art and artists and his transcendent experience with hallucinogenic drugs - Huxley came to contemplate the mysterious transcendence at the heart of this most spiritually resonant of the arts. His meditations were eventually published as the 1931 treasure Music at Night and Other Essays.

In a magnificent essay titled "The Rest Is Silence" Huxley writes: From pure sensation to the intuition of beauty, from pleasure and pain to love and the mystical ecstasy and death - all the things that are fundamental, all the things that, to the human spirit, are most profoundly significant, can only be experienced, not expressed. The rest is always and everywhere silence.

Although Music at Night and Other Essays belongs in the sad cemetery of life-giving books that have perished out of print, used copies are still findable and very much worth finding.
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You'll never play a Fender the same way again! With  redesigned body contours, back body curves and a sculpted neck heel, the Ultra series is a continuation of the company's now-discontinued American Elite series. Each model features a new, "Modern D" neck with a 10-14" compound-radius fretboard and "extremely" rolled edges. A new overwound Double Tap Humbucker on the HSS Strat and the first-ever noiseless Jazzmaster pickups. New finishes - Cobra Blue, Mocha Burst, Texas Tea, Arctic Pearl, Aged Natural, Plasma Red Burst and Ultraburst - also abound.     
IN THE BASSMENT

Christian McBride traveled to Aspen, Colorado to teach big band skills to a group of students at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy, an institution where he has been the lead instructor since 2000. The perpetually busy bandleader hosts National Public Radio's Jazz Night in America and SiriusXM's The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian. He is the artistic director for the Newport Jazz Festival and the jazz advisor for the TD James Moody Jazz Festival at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. 
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To say that Wilco have their own thing going is a big understatement for a band that has been a defining force on the alternative-rock scene for the past quarter century. That durability is a testament to the creative bond Nels Cline and Jeff Tweedy have had since 1994.        
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Yes, many blues and rock licks are cliches, but there's a good reason for that - they sound so cool that listeners and guitarists want to hear and play them again and again. Presented here for your edification are 12 classic blues phrases, each with a certified pedigree. You can drop any of these into a blues-based progression and come out smiling. Or you can play them in sequence over a standard 12-bar blues to create one very hip solo.
GREAT GEAR

Rawson Sparfield has released the Harry Joyce Custom 100F2B amp. The all-tube, 100-watt head is designed to be a painstaking recreation of David Gilmour's trademark Hiwatt DR103. The amp is even named after Harry Joyce, the Hiwatt engineer who built the forerunner to the original DR103. The 100F2B features the same built-in F2B preamp that Gilmour used to feed the output stage of his Hiwatt DR103 head.
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Few bands in hardcore punk have made an impact quite like Washington, DC's Bad Brains. For over 40 years this pioneering quartet has fused punk, reggae, funk and heavy metal to create a breathtaking style which belies the received wisdom of hardcore as being a relatively simple, or even atavistic, genre. That's in no small part thanks to the contributions of the band's affable bassist, Darryl Jenifer, whose background in funk and soul helped to shape Bad Brains' singular sound.  
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