Archive for March 22nd, 2011

R.E.M. – In Time 1988-2003 (2003)

by Mark Saleski I tend to think of R.E.M. as two different bands, from two different times. There’s the IRS years … and the Warner years. While there is a little overlap — “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”, for example — R.E.M.’s style began to move away from garagey folk onRead More

Monty Alexander – Uplift (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron Kingston, Jamaica’s own Monty Alexander looms as large a figure in Jamaica’s jazz world as Bob Marley does for its homegrown reggae. A virtuosic pianist in the Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson tradition, Alexander often melds Tatum and Peterson with the dancehall, calypso and reggae idioms from his homeland, and nobody does it better. Regardless ofRead More

Pinetop Perkins (1913-2011): An Appreciation

Pinetop Perkins, a rollicking piano player who performed with bluesman Muddy Waters for more than a decade, has passed at 97. Perkins, born in Honey Island near the Delta town of Belzoni, Mississippi, died on Monday at his home in Austin, Texas, reportedly after suffering cardiac arrest.