Archive for April 18th, 2011

Shane Endsley and the Music Band – Then The Other (2011)

Shane Endsley might not be a familiar name to you, but the Grammy-nominated funk-rock-jazz group he cofounded Kneebody might be. Even if it isn’t, this trumpeter who’d gigged with Charlie Hunter, Ben Allison and Chris Speed became more noticeable with the debut of his own Music Band. Then The Other was supposed to be a vehicle for Endsley’s simpler melodiesRead More

Death Cab for Cutie, “You Are A Tourist” (2011): One Track Mind

A long-awaited advance single hails the return of that odd conundrum called Death Cab for Cutie, whose spit-take name can’t begin to hint at the deep musical complexities tucked away inside.

Carla Bley and Her Remarkable Big Band – Appearing Nightly (2008)

by Mark Saleski There are two things that can be counted on when cracking open a new Carla Bley Big Band record: 1. many, many interesting and twisty passages of musical architecture and 2. volume. Oh yes, the horn section is enormous

Forgotten series: David Torn – Tripping Over God (1995)

by Tom Johnson David Torn’s Tripping Over God is an album that has defied description since the day I bought it in 1995. With only a vague knowledge of the man as a member of David Sylvian’s band for the Secrets Of The Beehive album