Archive for June, 2007

One Track Mind: Charlie Musselwhite "Church Is Out" (2007)

by Pico Wow, I nearly missed this one. For years now, I’ve been a fan of the man from Memphis for his undiluted brand of deeply rooted electric blues and for his harmonica that currently has no peer with the recent passing of Carey Bell. After Musselwhite’s highly acclaimed Sanctuary from 2004 was somehow not connecting with me, I tookRead More

Dave Kikoski – Persistent Dreams (1991)

NICK DERISO: Skid past the first few tracks — an overcooked original, then a couple of snoozers that are just too obvious in their modern cliche — and Dave Kikoski began to live up to his producer’s persistent tips of the hat. That would be Steely Dan guitarist Walter Becker, who wrote the liner notes. He stumbled across Kikoski doingRead More

John McLaughlin/ Jaco Pastorius/ Tony Williams – Trio Of Doom (2007)

by Pico A band made up of the godfather of fusion guitar, the undisputed greatest innovator of the electric bass guitar and the best drummer of them all is a fusion jazz dream. And for the very briefest of time, John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius and Tony Williams formed a power trio to top all power trios. One that Jaco coinedRead More

James McMurtry – Candyland (1992)

James McMurtry is not only novelist Larry McMurtry’s boy, he’s pals with John Mellencamp. As it happens, both play a role in McMurtry’s second record. Not surprisingly, James can write — though (as with other challenging vocalists like, say, Bob Dylan or Tom Waits) he’s perhaps an acquired taste. McMurtry’s singer-songwriter style can sometimes come off as flat, like theRead More

One Track Mind: Little River Band, "Happy Anniversary" (1977)

by Pico Honest, we didn’t intend it this way, but it has become 70’s & 80’s Classic Rock Week here at Something Else! Sure, there was a little jazz organ and Louisiana legend thrown in for variety, but at this time last week you couldn’t tell me that our high and mighty little slice of the blogosphere would feature Journey,Read More

Bill Evans, Everybody Digs Bill Evans (1958)

by S. Victor Aaron The classic record showcasing the masterful piano of a just-maturing Bill Evans is back. More to the point, it returns in 24-bit remastered form as part of Orrin Keepnews’currently running “Keepnews Collection” reissue campaign, straight from the original producer of such notable jazz records by Chet Baker, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson (which was recently covered here),Read More

Sam Yahel Trio, Truth And Beauty (2007)

by Pico Joey deFrancesco. Tony Monaco. Larry Goldings. Barbara Dennerlein. All at the forefront of the current generation of jazz organists and heirs to the mantle of Jimmy Smith, Charles Earland and Jack McDuff. Oh yeah, there’s one more notable: Sam Yahel. But with the release this week of his fourth effort Truth And Beauty, Yahel is making the caseRead More

Something Else! Interview: Swamp pop legend Tony Joe White

· Nick’s note: Tony Joe White, of “Poke Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia” fame, played the most recent New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival — just months after issuing a well-received new CD in late 2006. Eight years in the making, “Uncovered” included seven new cuts as well as reworked versions of “Rainy Night in Georgia,” “Taking theRead More

Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials – Rattleshake (2006)

Ed Williams, a good-time throwback, is as much bluesman and blue blood — his uncle and musical mentor was the great slide guitarist J.B. Hutto — so it’s certainly no surprise that he strikes a determined retro stance on “Rattleshake.” What’s cool is that he keeps pulling it off. Mature and easy going, Williams’ band was perhaps framed up bestRead More

Deep Cuts: Aerosmith, "Seasons Of Wither" (1974)

Familiar band, not-so-familiar song. But perhaps it should be more familiar. Sinister, sophisticated and beautiful in a evocative way, “Seasons Of Wither” represented a major advancement in the maturation of the then-fledgling band. In a time dominated by the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith served notice that they’ll tip their hat to those superstar bands of gritty rock, butRead More