The ghost of Xmas passes

Landmark local band packs it in

Still, at the end of Rough Mix, one doesn't doubt that change of some kind had to come. Jimmy Bowen has done a good--if not startling or shocking--job of relaying to us why it turned out the way it did, and what his part in it was.

Scene, heard
Musical wild man Paul Slavens has opened yet another stylistic door with Absolute, a collection of what the irrepressible Slavens calls his "classical style" piano compositions. The release party will be Wednesday, June 18, at Club Dada, where Slavens usually holds court on Wednesday nights with his Freak Show and/or trio. "It's something I've been working on a long time," Slavens says of the album. "I wanted to create something that's just to be listened to and enjoyed, something that obviously wasn't designed to get a record contract." On other Slavens-related fronts, the Green Romance Orchestra has an album--very similar to the hard-to-find disc GRO was giving away in the area last year--slated for upcoming Japanese release...

Hunter Sullivan unveils his King for a Day debut album at The Joint this Thursday, June 12...the Bathhouse Cultural Center will feature jazz saxman Joseph Vincelli in a Saturday-evening show June 14...Birch County is looking for a bass player...

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