Archive for August 19th, 2011

Canned Heat, featuring Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown – Live at Montreux 1973 (2011)

Canned Heat, the doomed boogie-blues revivalists, only made a lone appearance at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival. Yet they still managed some star-crossed magic.

Half Notes: Free Form Funky Freqs – Urban Mythology, Vol. 1 (2008)

by Mark Saleski This is a certified jazz/funk/power trio bomb. With Vernon Reid on guitar, Jamaaladeen Tecuma on bass, and G. Calvin Weston on drums, there is not a flabby moment on this record. Many people know Reid from his fire-spitting days with Living Colour. If you weren’t paying attention though, you might be lead to believe that Reid wasRead More

Metallica, “Some Kind Of Monster” (2004): One Track Mind

At this point, Metallica had taken quite a beating due mostly to the rough, loud, abrasive mix the music was given.

Half Notes: André Vasconscellos – 2 (2011)

André Vasconscellos is, like Leonardo E.M. Cioglia, a forward thinking acoustic bassist and composer from Brazil. 2 is, you guessed it, his second album, but the first one released in the U.S. Heading up a five or six piece band (depending on whether Torcuato Mariano’s guitar is included), Vasconscellos leads them through eight originals, seven of which are his. HisRead More

The Friday Morning Listen: Abba – The Visitors (1981)

I remember seeing the first ones. They were behind the glass at the front desk at Strawberries Records. I’m pretty sure I didn’t even know what they were.