Archive for July 26th, 2011

Half Notes: Abdullah Ibrahim and WDR Big Band Cologne – Bombella (2010)

by Mark Saleski I am shocked to say that this recording left me cold. Shocked because it’s got Abdullah Ibrahim on it! There certainly are some great moments, such as the solo piano opening track (“Green Kalahari”) and the sprightly “Mandela”; come on, the melody is played on the irresistible piccolo flute! They also generate a serious amount of heatRead More

Mike Keneally Band – Guitar Therapy Live (2006)

I can’t even begin to pretend to be impartial here: Guitarist Mike Keneally is absolutely one of my all-time favorites.

Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols (1977)

I didn’t really know much about Malcolm McLaren, except that he had some sort of fashion boutique called “Sex” and that he put the Sex Pistols together. A Rolling Stone article marking his death last year referred to him as a “Punk Renaissance Man.”

Aram Bajakian – Aram Bajakian's Kef (2011)

Listening to the guitarist Aram Bajakian is lot like listening to Marc Ribot, and Aram follows much of Ribot’s wildly divergent style that incorporates the vintage forms of swing, punk and rock and roll into a fresh and daring style. So it’s fair to state that if you like Ribot, you’re gonna like Bajakian, too.

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. – The Rat Pack Live at the Sands (2001)

by Derrick Lord This is an act the Rat Pack — Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. — had down to a T and it really shows. A fun slice of musical history.