Colin Webster, jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

Colin Webster, jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

May 5, 2015

Sammy Stein sits down with saxophonist Colin Webster to discuss those unlikely situations where you find the greatest musical connections.

Colin Webster, jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

Colin Webster, jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

May 5, 2015

Sammy Stein sits down with saxophonist Colin Webster to discuss those unlikely situations where you find the greatest musical connections.

Colin Webster, jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

Colin Webster, jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

May 5, 2015

Sammy Stein sits down with saxophonist Colin Webster to discuss those unlikely situations where you find the greatest musical connections.

The Moody Blues’ John Lodge, “In My Mind” from 10,000 Light Years Ago (2015)

The Moody Blues’ John Lodge, “In My Mind” from 10,000 Light Years Ago (2015)

May 5, 2015

You hear something exceedingly rare for someone of John Lodge’s vintage and accomplishment: He’s pushing himself to new places.

Iron Maiden’s 1988 masterpiece Seventh Son of a Seventh Son changed everything

Iron Maiden’s 1988 masterpiece Seventh Son of a Seventh Son changed everything

April 11, 2015

‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,’ released on April 11, 1988, started a journey. Iron Maiden is now a part of me, and I am a part of what’s kept them around.

Toto, “Takin’ It Back” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Takin’ It Back” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

May 5, 2015

It’s difficult to believe, but keyboardist Steve Porcaro has made only three official vocal contributions to the Toto catalog.

John Manning – White Bear (1971): Forgotten Series

John Manning – White Bear (1971): Forgotten Series

April 24, 2015

We’re on the trail of the seemingly untraceable John Manning, a talented singer-songwriter who released a lone album, then disappeared.

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Going Going Gone” (1974): Across the Great Divide

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Going Going Gone” (1974): Across the Great Divide

April 30, 2015

“Going Going Gone” makes a definitive case for Bob Dylan’s 1974 reunion with the Band, so perfect is their musical reaction to his frayed lyric.

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

March 8, 2015

This month, Steely Dan’s ‘Katy Lied’ turned 40 years old. Here are some reasons why it’s good enough to overcome an infamous mixing fiasco.

The Beatles, “Like Dreamers Do” (Decca Audition, 1962): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Like Dreamers Do” (Decca Audition, 1962): Deep Beatles

May 1, 2015

One of Paul McCartney’s earliest compositions, “Like Dreamers Do” finds the Beatles as a very young band, still searching for their distinctive sound.

Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream remains deeply misunderstood

Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream remains deeply misunderstood

January 27, 2015

With ‘Working On A Dream,’ released six years ago today, Bruce Springsteen continued an intriguing journey back to the music of his formative years.

Yes, “Every Little Thing” from Yes (1969): YESterdays

Yes, “Every Little Thing” from Yes (1969): YESterdays

April 28, 2015

This Beatles cover show how unique original guitarist Peter Banks was, and how important his contributions were to the early Yes sound.

Toto, “Takin’ It Back” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Takin’ It Back” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

May 5, 2015

It’s difficult to believe, but keyboardist Steve Porcaro has made only three official vocal contributions to the Toto catalog.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

June 7, 2014

Some think Metheny is joking around, that he couldn’t possibly like “all of this noise.”

Otis Taylor, “Cold at Midnight” from Hey Joe Opus / Red Meat (2015): One Track Mind

Otis Taylor, “Cold at Midnight” from Hey Joe Opus / Red Meat (2015): One Track Mind

April 24, 2015

Otis Taylor’s “Cold at Midnight,” a white-knuckle ride into the very heart of worry, advances the forthcoming ‘Hey Joe Opus / Red Meat.’

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Going Going Gone” (1974): Across the Great Divide

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Going Going Gone” (1974): Across the Great Divide

April 30, 2015

“Going Going Gone” makes a definitive case for Bob Dylan’s 1974 reunion with the Band, so perfect is their musical reaction to his frayed lyric.

Booker T. and the MGs’ ageless ‘Green Onions’ had an offhanded birth: ‘You know, that ain’t bad’

Booker T. and the MGs’ ageless ‘Green Onions’ had an offhanded birth: ‘You know, that ain’t bad’

April 30, 2015

If Booker T. and the MGs’ signature hit “Green Onions” always felt like a loose-limbed good time among musical friends, that’s because it actually was.

Bruce Springsteen – Devils and Dust (2005): Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen – Devils and Dust (2005): Gimme Five

April 25, 2015

Mark Saleski returns to a handful of resonant moments from Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Devils and Dust,’ released on April 26, 2005.

1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music, by Andrew Grant Jackson (2015): Books

1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music, by Andrew Grant Jackson (2015): Books

May 2, 2015

Andrew Grant Jackson’s ‘1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music’ brings home how remarkable that year, and the years surrounding it, were.

Eddie and the Cruisers vs. the Barbusters: Odd Couples

Eddie and the Cruisers vs. the Barbusters: Odd Couples

May 6, 2015

Eddie and the Cruisers’ “On the Dark Side” faces the Barbusters’ “Light of Day” in a new edition of Odd Couples subtitled “Fakin’ the Bar Band Blues.”

Bruce Springsteen – Devils and Dust (2005): Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen – Devils and Dust (2005): Gimme Five

April 25, 2015

Mark Saleski returns to a handful of resonant moments from Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Devils and Dust,’ released on April 26, 2005.

Badfinger’s stirring music has outlived their many tragedies

Badfinger’s stirring music has outlived their many tragedies

April 27, 2015

Marking the anniversary of Pete Ham’s birth on April 27, 1947, Beverly Paterson takes a look back at some of Badfinger’s greatest musical moments.