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  • Neil Young: Homegrown

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  • Marillion's Magically Replaced Childhood

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  • John Scofield: Swallow Tales

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    On his ECM debut, the guitar great celebrates pioneering electric bassist and longtime collaborator Steve Swallow, whose tunes have been recorded by the likes of Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and Carla Bley. On ...

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