Archive for May 23rd, 2011

Something Else! Interview: Christian prog-rocker Neal Morse

Neal Morse, former frontman for Spock’s Beard, joined us for an SER Sitdown in advance of today’s release of his long-awaited Testimony 2 on Radiant/Metal Blade Records

Gavin Harrison and 05Ric – Circles (2010)

There’s an easy target for this band: All the people who listened to any of the past few Porcupine Tree albums and just couldn’t get enough of Gavin Harrison’s drumming.

Half Notes: Tom Harrell – Roman Nights (2010)

by Mark Saleski My favorite Tom Harrell record is actually a Jim Hall record. These Rooms was a Jim Hall Trio album featuring Tom Harrell. Really great stuff. There was a certain synergy between Harrell’s flugelhorn and Hall’s guitar. Some of that kind of thing is evident on Roman Nights. Danny Grissett’s beautiful piano introduction on the title track leadsRead More

Starlicker – Double Demon (2011)

I don’t know if it’s a trend of not, but lately I’ve noticed a lot more unconventional trios in jazz. By “unconventional” I mean without the bass player, and the usual premise I’ve heard for doing this is to allow more freedom. Trying out uncommon configurations is an interesting and often stimulating tactic used to open up the music andRead More

Half Notes: The Black Keys – Magic Potion (2006)

by Tom Johnson Every genre seems to get reinvented every so often. Jazz had its renewal a few years back, and now the blues seems to be burbling under again, beginning into the early 2000s with the success of the White Stripes. But the White Stripes got nuthin’ on this (also) duo of guitar and drums. The Black Keys reachRead More

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