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Nevermind the best new music release of 2007…

Nevermind the best new music release of 2007…

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I think we have a winner for Greatest CD in the History of Ever. That's right, the magic of the Weather Channel's local forecasts is finally available for us mortals to listen to with The Weather Channel Presents Smooth Jazz -- A collection of instrument smooth jazz heard on "Local on the 8s." Calling this a sublime musical experience would be like saying the Grand Canyon is a big hole. This is more like...aural manna. Also, if you don't buy this CD Jim Cantore will fly to your house and punch you in the brain. He farts in Atlanta and causes earthquakes in California, so don't think for a second he views you as a challenge.
Album review – From the Plantation to the Penitentiary

Album review – From the Plantation to the Penitentiary

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Mention the name Wynton Marsalis in some jazz circles and people will look at you as if you had just ripped a particularly loud fart. Due to his rather outspoken opinions on the validity of more traditional jazz styles over newer ones, he has been viewed alternately as a savior and a fossil. This was only exacerbated by his ubiquitousness throughout Ken Burns' controversial Jazz miniseries. Given this, it may not be possible for some to objectively approach his work - including his newest release, From the Plantation to the Penitentiary. Luckily for me, I never really paid attention to any of that controversy. However, I honestly never paid any attention to his music either. I decided to give this album a shot after seeing Marsalis's recent appearance on The Daily Show. And I have ...