Archive for July 4th, 2011

One Track Mind: Rick Stone Trio, “Ballad for Very Sad and Very Tired Lotus Eaters” (2011)

Rick Stone picks more obvious standards elsewhere on his forthcoming release, Fractals.

One Track Mind: Timbuk 3, "National Holiday" (1989)

by S. Victor Aaron So you’re thinking, “Timbuk 3, weren’t they the ones who had that cool song back in the 1980s …?” Yes, yes, we’re talking about that husband and wife tandem of Pat and Barbara K. McDonald

Half Notes: Jacintha – Jacintha Goes To Hollywood (2008)

by Mark Saleski Singaporean singer Jacintha (full name Jacintha Abisheganaden) takes on the songbook of the Hollywood of my youth: “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “Que Sera Sera,” “California Dreaming,” “Windmills Of Your Mind.” It’s funny, I hated these songs back in the day. Now? The concertina/acoustic guitar introduction to “Que Sera Sera” makes me melt. Weird. Anyhow, Jacintha’sRead More

Something Else! Featured Artist: The funky, funky JB Horns

James Brown got all of the headlines, be they for his fancy moves, his fancier suits or his brushes with the law. But the JB Horns, those great groovers who provided the punctuation to every grunt, gasp and squeal, remain an underrated element to the legend.

Julia Hülsmann Trio – Imprint (2011)

German pianist Julia Hülsmann has made her mark with trio jazz fronted with a vocalist, either male or female, but had returned to the instrumental three when she signed up with ECM and recorded her first album with them, The End Of A Summer (2008). Now comes the follow-up three years later with Imprint.

Sparks Fly on E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Born In The U.S.A" (1984)

Welcome to the first edition of Sparks Fly on E Street, in which me & my pencil take a tour of the entire Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band catalog, one song each Monday morning.