Matthew Shipp – I’ve Been To Many Places (2014)

Matthew Shipp – I’ve Been To Many Places (2014)

September 2, 2014

Not content to draw inspiration only from his influences, Shipp finds the insight for his music from himself, an earlier version of himself as interpreted by today’s version.

Vinnie Sperrazza – Apocryphal (2014)

Vinnie Sperrazza – Apocryphal (2014)

September 1, 2014

Yes, ‘Apocryphal’ is ethereal, an adjective that might be overused a tad, but it’s all about the way Vinnie Sperrazza and his three accomplices give the music that quality. It puts Sperrazza’s formal debut in a far corner of jazz that’s rarely occupied with so much moxie.

Something Else! Interview: Jazz guitarist John Russell

Something Else! Interview: Jazz guitarist John Russell

July 1, 2014

“I’m not too much of a fan,” the free-form legend admits, “of the ‘jazz’ label.”

‘We could make really good music together’: Two Byrds want a reunion; Roger McGuinn does not

‘We could make really good music together’: Two Byrds want a reunion; Roger McGuinn does not

August 30, 2014

David Crosby and Chris Hillman still wrestle with McGuinn’s solo ambitions.

‘Sometimes people get divorced’: Eric Singer on wearing the classic Kiss makeup

‘Sometimes people get divorced’: Eric Singer on wearing the classic Kiss makeup

August 28, 2014

Eric Singer also notes that the current lineup has lasted longer than any other.

Steely Dan Sunday: The Five Best Steely Dan Deep Cuts

Steely Dan Sunday: The Five Best Steely Dan Deep Cuts

August 31, 2014

We previosuly picked our most beloved Steely Dan singles, now we choose the finest five of their deep cuts.

One Track Mind: The Doughboys, “The Tears Of A Clown” (2014)

One Track Mind: The Doughboys, “The Tears Of A Clown” (2014)

August 7, 2014

An utterly awesome revision of Smokey Robinson’s 1970 hit single.

Almost Hits: Jackson Browne, “In the Shape of a Heart” from Lives in the Balance (1986)

Almost Hits: Jackson Browne, “In the Shape of a Heart” from Lives in the Balance (1986)

March 18, 2014

Jackson Browne’s 1986 single “In the Shape of a Heart” was a big hit in certain circles. It went to No. 10 on the adult contemporary chart, but rose to only No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100.