Archive for July 16th, 2011

Something Else! Featured Artist: The Who

In a way, the Who has no one to blame for a slow and steady slide into overlooked rock-god status.

Half Notes: Blur – Think Tank (2003)

by Tom Johnson This album wasn’t initially as well received as I think it should’ve been. It wasn’t the masterpiece I was hoping for, but it was a step up from the wildly uneven 13. With the exit of guitarist/fellow-mastermind Graham Coxon, Damon Albarn pretty much had complete artistic control of Blur. Not surprisingly, the result sounds more like aRead More

Tord Gustavsen – The Ground (2005)

by Mark Saleski Fans of pianist Bill Evans will probably bristle at the comparison here, but that was the first connection that popped into my head with The Ground.

Half Notes: David S. Ware/ Cooper-Moore/ William Parker/ Muhammad Ali – Planetary Unknown (2011)

It’s got a cool looking cover, the names on that cover are all giants in the improvised music field, and the rapport is what you’d expect from free jazz pros like these. Those attributes in itself will probably get Planetary Unknown on some year-end lists and it’s already one at least one half-year one. But aside from Ware/Ali “Duality IsRead More

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