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Shows of the week: Judas Priest, Cash Cash, etc.

So what if I told you that Judas Priest put out a very good album this year? You might not believe me, and I can think of three good reasons why. First, you might know that K.K. Downing, founding member and half of Priest’s dueling-guitar front line, is no longer with the band. But his longtime six-string partner Glenn Tipton is still squalling away, and the hole in the band has been filled by the 34-year-old Richie Falkner, a guitarist schooled in the church of the Priest and a worthy inheritor of Downing’s position. Next, you may consider Nostradamus, the group’s 2008 conceptual double album, inferior work. Continue Reading →

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Stanley Jordan salutes Stevie Ray Vaughan at Crossroads in Garwood

One world-class musician will pay tribute to another at Crossroads in Garwood Saturday, as jazz fusion guitarist Stanley Jordan leads a tribute to the late blues-rocker Stevie Ray Vaughan, the day after the 60th anniversary of Vaughan’s birth. Joining the 55-year-old Chicago native and Princeton University graduate will be drummer Bernard Purdie, whose credits range from Aretha Franklin to Miles Davis, Cat Stevens and Steely Dan; and bassist Charnett Moffett, a former member of the Wynton Marsalis Quintet who also has played with Art Blakey, Ornette Coleman and Dizzy Gillespie. Tickets can be purchased on Facebook at facebook.com/CrossroadsNJ, or by calling Crossroads at (908) 518-0323. I talked to Jordan by phone on Wednesday. Q: Tell me a little bit about your history with Stevie Ray Vaughan. Continue Reading →

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