Boasting focused, soul-lifting horns, sunburst harmonies and a thrilling propensity for shaken-up textures and rhythms, Earth Wind and Fire could do almost no wrong for a period of time in the early- to mid-1970s. The group notched eight Top 10 pop albums and eight No. 1 R&B singles to go with eight Grammy Awards. EWF was so profoundly talented, inRead More
Archive for March 24th, 2011
Some time ago…two years and three months ago to be more precise…we raved on the double-bass mastery of the Norwegian ECM Records mainstay Arild Andersen, and noted then that he “may not be the first name that comes up when one thinks of the greatest living acoustic bassists, but he’s at least earned the right to be considered somewhere onRead More
by Nick DeRiso Keith Horn is a tinkerer, someone who hammers things together to see what they can become. But, as with every workshop, having the right tools can make or break a project. Luckily Horn, a Los Angeles-based television composer since the early 2000s, has the cinematic chops to match a sweeping vision. “Macho’s Nacho Thing,” the musically variedRead More
by Derrick Lord Muddy Waters remains one of the greatest of all time. But, like many of the greats; be it football, basketball, baseball or the blues, Muddy had what was undeniably a slump in his long career. His 1977 release Hard Again was appropriately titled and marked the kind of comeback you expect from the great ones.