Archive for July 21st, 2011

Freddie Hubbard – Pinnacle: Live and Unreleased (2011)

The late Freddie Hubbard, whose brilliant technique and warm tone were occasionally obscured by unfortunate settings, is perhaps to blame for his own dimmed star. Recordings like this make his case all over again.

Wilco – A ghost is born (2004)

Where I liken 2002’s darkly beautiful, but depressing Yankee Hotel Foxtrot to the sound of a man about to hit bottom, 2004’s A ghost is born is the sound of someone at the bottom, looking up: It’s hopeful, in other words.

Gimme Five: Steve Smith on songs with Journey, Jean-Luc Ponty, Vital Information

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind, we hand the reins over to Steve Smith, who’s had memorable tenures with Journey and Jean-Luc Ponty and now leads the fusion jazz group Vital Information.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band – Colorblind (2006)

by Mark Saleski Inertia. Sure, it’s a physics thing, but I like to apply it to music every once in a while. I’m not talking career inertia; the rising star thing. No. It’s the music. You hear it and it has an energy that’s impossible to resist.

Cuong Vu – Leaps of Faith; Agogic; Shizaru (2011)

Cuong Vu is a Vietnamese-born, Seattle-raised trumpet player who can be considered a pretty damned impressive and forward thinking just by looking at the list of bandleaders who he impressed enough to have in their bands: