Archive for April, 2011

Julian Lage – Gladwell (2011)

Don’t get me wrong, I love jazz guitarists who derive their inspiration from guys like Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell and Pat Metheny, but it’s so refreshing to hear a new guitarist come along who excels by taking the road less traveled. That’s former child prodigy guitarist Julian Lage, who seems to be more in line with the vocabulary of swingRead More

Stella by Starlight, “Julie” (2011): One Track Mind

South Carolina’s Stella by Starlight is an entertaining electropop amalgam of modern and distinctly old-school sounds, one part mixtape-from-your-dad’s-vinyl-collection and another part post-modern-hipster-songcraft.

King Crimson – The Condensed 21st Century Guide (2006)

by Tom Johnson King Crimson has been a chameleon throughout its four decades of existence, not just shifting to reflect the times but also acting as a sort of quality-assurance agent

Nicholas Payton – Sonic Trance (2003)

by Mark Saleski Why do people hit a musical wall at a certain point in their life? They stop listening to anything put out after their high school (or college) years. Worst of all: they just stop listening. Music is no longer a part of their life.

Something Else! Interview: Roots rocker Sherman Ewing

Sherman Ewing’s Single Room Saloon arrived with a sound that is at once intuitive and raw, but somehow well-worn and familiar, too.

John Adams – On the Transmigration of Souls (2002)

by Derrick Lord It happened much the same way these type of things usually do — be it Elvis, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin … whatever: Late one night, roused out of sleep by a sound on the radio you’ve never heard before, or can’t quite place

Dave Matthews Band – Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King (2009)

by Mark Saleski My first exposure to Dave Matthews came shortly after Under The Table And Dreaming was released. I’d heard an interview with him (I want to say that it was a Fresh Air/Terry Gross thing) and was intrigued. No, that’s not the right word.

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – The Sesjun Radio Shows (2011)

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – The Sesjun Radio Shows (2011)

This double-album set features late-period performances by the Jazz Messengers found years after Art Blakey passed away.

Steely Dan Sunday: “Only a Fool Would Say That” from Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972)

Steely Dan Sunday: “Only a Fool Would Say That” from Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972)

More than any other track from their debut album, “Only a Fool Would Say That” points the way to what Steely Dan would evolve into.

Movies: Stan Kenton – Artistry in Rhythm: Portrait of a Jazz Legend (2011)

Stan Kenton would have been 100 this year and, in many ways, he’s as misunderstood now as he was in his own time.