Arsenio Orteza

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Just like ringing a bell

Music | Chuck Berry’s gift for words and music changed rock history
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 3/30/17, 02:57 pm

Chuck Berry died on March 18. Without him, something called “rock ’n’ roll” might still have come along, but it would’ve sounded different. And it almost certainly wouldn’t have sounded as good.

The dozen records that Berry placed on the Top 40 from 1955 through 1964 included “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Maybellene,” “No Particular Place to Go,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Nadine,” “Rock and Roll Music,” “Back in the U.S.A.,” and “School Day.” Each one forged an enduring, red-hot template.

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Noteworthy recent albums

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 3/28/17, 12:51 am

One Drop Became An Ocean

Charles Denler

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Noteworthy recent albums

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 3/15/17, 04:13 pm

Windy City 

Alison Krauss

Twenty-one years ago, Krauss released Now That I’ve Found You: A Collection and showed anti-country/bluegrass snobs what they’d been missing. Now, she does the same for the generation that has come along in the meantime, applying her exquisite soprano to 10 country-bluegrass classics, several of which even nonsnobs might not know. The uniform exquisiteness does begin to cloy after a while. It does not, however, blunt the impact of hearing Krauss uncover forlorn glories in Brenda Lee’s “All Alone Am I” and “Losing You.”

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