Archive for June 28th, 2006

Bob Margolin – Down in the Alley (1993)

Bob Margolin – Down in the Alley (1993)

by Nick DeRiso In 1948, young Muddy Waters recorded a 78 for Chicago’s Aristocrat Records. It was the shot heard ’round the blues world. Black urban listeners — most of whom, like Waters, were from the rural South — had found a new voice. It sold out in fewer than 48 hours. Rooted in the traditions of contrapunctal Delta blues,Read More

Something Else! Playlists: The Beatles' 1970 finale

Something Else! Playlists: The Beatles' 1970 finale

The first individual recordings by the Beatles bear a striking resemblance to the last of the music they made together – only they weren’t actually together. In fact, some of the songs begun during the Fab Four’s final sessions show up on those early solo efforts – including the title track from George Harrison’s first album and Paul McCartney’s quiteRead More

Forgotten series: Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett

Forgotten series: Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett

Several years ago, Capitol Records released a terrific 3-CD box set called “Crazy Diamond,” by Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett. Included are “The Madcap Laughs” and “Barrett” — Syd’s only solo albums after getting the boot from Floyd. Also featured is a third disc of unreleased material and rarities, called “Opel.” For fans of the group’s early, more whimsical side,Read More

Gimme Five: Jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson

Gimme Five: Jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson

On June 30, 2001, tenor saxophonist great Joe Henderson passed away. Among one of the giants in a crowded field of post-bop saxmen who sprang up in the fifities and sixties, Henderson nonetheless never got his due until nearly a quarter century after his superb 1963 debut Page One.

Half Notes: Ray Brown with Oscar Peterson and Milt Jackson – The Very Tall Band (1999)

Half Notes: Ray Brown with Oscar Peterson and Milt Jackson – The Very Tall Band (1999)

by Nick DeRiso Ray Brown is one of those underrated guys who kept on producing important work well past his so-called prime, because he remained such an in-the-pocket guy. You can’t go wrong with the old Jazz at the Philharmonic stuff, of course. But I also typically recommend his late-period work on Telarc, as well. Ray Brown first appeared onRead More

Something Else! Playlists: Lennon's Last

Something Else! Playlists: Lennon's Last

by Nick DeRiso The problem with John Lennon’s last works was wading through the over-done 1970s production on “Walls and Bridges” and a pair of uneven every-other-song collaborations with Yoko Ono on “Double Fantasy” and “Milk and Honey.” We’re here to help, culling the best of those records — and adding the 1990s-era “Beatles” tunes featuring the living Fabs andRead More

Gimme Five: Overlooked jazz woodwind recordings by Art Pepper, Paul Gonsalves, Roland Kirk, Eric Dolphy, Sonny Stitt

Gimme Five: Overlooked jazz woodwind recordings by Art Pepper, Paul Gonsalves, Roland Kirk, Eric Dolphy, Sonny Stitt

by S. Victor Aaron Some favorite jazz albums of mine that don’t come up at the top of anyone else’s top records list, but I thought were outstanding despite the lack of publicity about them. …

Joshua Redman – Wish (1993)

Joshua Redman – Wish (1993)

by Nick DeRiso To me, Redman is one of the more impressive young tenor players in recent memory. His first record, a 1993 self-titled release, was a wonder.

The Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang (2005)

The Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang (2005)

An event has occurred that hasn’t happened in eight years…the Rolling Stones released a new record. It was also an event that hadn’t happened in over 25 years: the Stones actually released a good record.

Roomful of Blues – Watch You When You Go (2002)

Roomful of Blues – Watch You When You Go (2002)

by Nick DeRiso They haven’t taken more than a week off since Nixon’s first term. They’ve withstood disco, fathering a rafter-shaking, swing-blues style that saw its own too-fey-by-half revival. (Did you ever notice that all those bands a few years back had names with the word Daddy in them?) So it is that after 30 years, nine guys still makeRead More