Archive for June 27th, 2006

The Fireman – Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest (1994)

The Fireman – Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest (1994)

Capitol Records tried to drop hints that was, in fact, a record by Paul McCartney. Press information shipped with the advance CDs had a pull-out reproduction of a tabloid, apparently circa 1964: “‘Beatlemania,’” the headline screamed, “sweeps U.S.” But the enclosed news release goes on and on about “an anonymous duo” known as the Fireman. No other details given onRead More

Something Else! Featured Artist: Heatwave (Oh, yes, we did!)

Something Else! Featured Artist: Heatwave (Oh, yes, we did!)

By S. Victor Aaron: In this sizzling summer weather, what better time to revisit the foot-tapping joys of Johnnie Wilder Jr. and Heatwave? If you attended any discos or high school dances during the time that Jimmy Carter reigned supreme, there’s a 100% chance you’ve shaken your booty to Wilder’s vocals. Remember “Boogie Nights”? …”Groove Line?” … (the very timely)Read More

Forgotten series: Soul jazz saxophonist Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley

Forgotten series: Soul jazz saxophonist Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley

by S. Victor Aaron If someone were to ask me who was the best alto sax player ever, I couldn’t at least not heavily consider Cannonball Adderley, the Miles Davis sideman. He had both technique and soul by the sackful. Adderley churned out some fine ones even without the Prince Of Darkness’ help.

Miles Davis – Tutu (1986)

Miles Davis – Tutu (1986)

by S. Victor Aaron Recently I revisited an album that wore our my cassette player during late ’86-early ’87: Tutu by Miles Davis. It typically takes a long time to get the right perspective on a Miles record, he was often took a direction in music before his listeners were ready to follow him down the path he was taking.Read More

Something Else! Featured Artist: Marcia Ball

Something Else! Featured Artist: Marcia Ball

 by Nick DeRiso One of her best Rounder releases, and hilariously named, is “Let Me Play With Your Poodle.” Featured is legendary guitar virtuoso Clarence Holliman, the guy who burned through Bobby “Blue” Bland’s classic 1950s and ’60 sessions. In fact, the old album titles tell it best, when talking about Marcia Ball: “Hot Tamale Baby.” “Gatorhythms.” “Sing It!”

Forgotten series: Coleman Hawkins – Rainbow Mist (1944)

Forgotten series: Coleman Hawkins – Rainbow Mist (1944)

by Nick DeRiso Rainbow Mist, Coleman Hawkins’ 1944 smoker on Delmark, was a brilliant record borne out of boredom. Hawkins, the tenor saxman, had already made his splash with the song “Body and Soul,” back in 1939. When he returned from living in Europe for five years, he took a chance on updating his by-then decrepit standard — stirring inRead More

One Track Mind: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown – "Monroe, Louisiana" (1975)

One Track Mind: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown – "Monroe, Louisiana" (1975)

by Nick DeRiso “Sitting on a suitcase, in the Memphis depot – wishing to God I could fly,” sings Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown on my old record. “Catching this train is my way of telling Memphis and Mildred goodbye.” People have actually asked me to bring it to parties. The album – and it is an album, on vinyl pressed inRead More

Branford Marsalis – I Heard You Twice The First Time (1991)

Branford Marsalis – I Heard You Twice The First Time (1991)

Neatly mixing two of our favorite topics, Branford Marsalis pays no empty lip-service to exploring blues through the jazz idiom here. In fact, you don’t have to listen more than once to hear that’s he’s gone off the deep blue end. Any CD with appearances by B.B. King, Linda Hopkins and John Lee Hooker isn’t playing footsie.