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December 15, 2013 at 5:36 AM

Stumped for a gift for music lovers? Ideas, from Elvis to Ella

LeeazlewoodLITA109_DeluxeEdition0(henry)Though more than 50 percent of music sales are digital now, record companies still happily comply every year with our keen holiday desire to rip open packages full of actual, tactile recordings under the tree — especially box sets. And while some smarty-pants once wrote that writing about music is like dancing about architecture, if it was really as oxymoronic a task as all that, The Seattle Times wouldn’t be cluttered with good music books. Our critics, who are still working on that dancing thing, offer some music book gift ideas below, as well as suggestions for box sets (listed in order of price, from high to low).

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Comments | More in Country, Jazz, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop, The Bonus Track | Topics: Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix

November 15, 2013 at 5:00 AM

’27’ explores links between Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse

“27: A History of the 27 Club Through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse” Howard Sounes Da Capo Press, $26.99   Howard Sounes book examines the lives of six performers who died at age 27 (Da Capo Press) “The 27 Club” is the name given to the alleged phenomenon of…

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Amy Winehouse, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin

November 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Ayron Jones elevates his game at Neumos Saturday | Concert review

Ayron Jones burns through a solo Saturday at Neumos. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Ayron Jones burns through a solo Saturday at Neumos. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

As Sir Mix-a-Lot’s electric set of some of his biggest hits came to a close Saturday at Neumos, the Seattle hip-hop legend reminded the crowd that the night did not belong to him.

Instead, the sold-out show was to celebrate Ayron Jones and the Way’s debut album, “Dream,” released on Oct. 29 and produced by Mix-a-Lot. Jones plays a fiery brand of Seattle rock that does its best to defy definition, even if it’s essentially the blues with some grunge window dressing.

Jones used his 80-minute set to prove that it doesn’t matter what you want to call his music. His raw, soulful voice and his explosive six-string acrobatics kept the crowd transfixed as he ripped through his best album cuts and covers (some obvious, like “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) and others like “Georgia On My Mind,” not so much).

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Comments | More in Blues, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Ayron Jones and the Way, Jimi Hendrix, Neumos

October 29, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Ayron Jones’ raw “Dream” shows promise | New Recordings

"Dream" by Ayron Jones and the Way.

“Dream” by Ayron Jones and the Way.

Ayron Jones and his mentor, Sir Mix-a-Lot, don’t like to define Jones’ music with labels like “blues” or “hybrid rock.” They don’t necessarily welcome comparisons to the giants that have influenced Jones, namely Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.

But it’s hard to listen to Jones’ debut album, “Dream,” without hearing the ghosts of the past — and without viewing the album as the next evolution of the blues, a way for it to stay relevant to a new generation. “Dream,” self-released today and produced by Mix-a-Lot, is a fiery, raw blend of blues and rock that makes the familiar seem new. 

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Comments | More in Blues, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Ayron Jones and the Way, Jimi Hendrix, Kenny Wayne Shepherd