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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, 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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