Archive for June, 2011

Something Else! Interview: Delfeayo Marsalis, producer and trombonist

Delfeayo Marsalis, recipient of the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award, stepped out with a rare recording as a leader this year — just his second since the 1990s.

Half Notes: Fear Factory – Demanufacture (1995)

by Tom Johnson If you want to look back and see when metal changed directions, Demanufacture is the album that could easily be the one that did it. With their previous album Soul of a New Machine, Fear Factory did something unusual: They released a remix album helmed by Front Line Assembly’s Rhys Fulber. It didn’t set the world onRead More

Laszlo Gardony – Signature Time (2011)

Hungarian-born pianist Laszlo Gardony is an accomplished musician and composer, having graduated from Berklee and serving as a professor there for a number of years. He’s mingled with many of the best jazz has to offer: Dave Holland, Miroslav Vitous, David “Fathead” Newman, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman and John Blake are all name artists he’s worked with, some of themRead More

ZZ Top – Mescalero (2003)

If you ever get a chance to see the movie “Dazed And Confused,” you’ll be treated to a pretty accurate depiction of a typical weekend in late 1970’s America. The bad hair, the hiphuggers, the muscle cars, the 8-tracks.

Hans Zimmer – Inception (2010)

by Tom Johnson I found myself entranced by the horn-laden theme that repeatedly roared through the ads for Inception. Less song-like and more a series of massive, rumbling horn crashes, the music seemed as important as it was mysterious. Hans Zimmer’s score was no mere backing music. Like the biggest scores we’ve come to know, it was a thematic monster,Read More

Yes – Fly From Here (2011)

Yes – Fly From Here (2011)

Yes’ 2011 comeback album ‘Fly From Here’ is, in many ways, better than it has any right to be.

Half Notes: Bjork- Army of Me: Remixes and Covers (2005)

by Tom Johnson Created as a benefit for Unicef, this is a bit of a unique remix album. Bjork allowed fans, or, well, anybody, to submit their own take on her song, “Army of Me” on her official website. The best results wound up on this album. You might need a mighty strong dose of patience to listen to twentyRead More

One Track Mind: Fleet Foxes, "The Shrine/An Argument" (2011)

by Mark Saleski Do things in music always have to go smoothly? Does it bother you when your expectations are upset? I’ve always enjoyed it when a song takes an unexpected left turn.

Anne Mette Iversen Quartet – The Milo Songs (2011)

When I think of all the members of the young, exciting roster that the fledgling Brooklyn Jazz Underground Jazz Records has in its ranks, one of the first names I think of is Anne Mette Iversen. She is a serious talent at both acoustic bass and compositions.

Ronnie Earl – Hope Radio (2007)

by Mark Saleski Ronnie Earl is one of the most soulful blues guitar players out there. Though he’s played with vocalists (Sugar Ray Norcia being my favorite), he specializes in instrumental recordings like the ones found on Hope Radio, a live recording put together at Wellspring Sound in Acton, Massachussetts. Earl has the chops and the ideas to make aRead More

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