Archive for August 31st, 2011

Junior Wells, with Buddy Guy – Hoodoo Man Blues (1965, 2011 reissue)

For Junior Wells, there was just something about working with Buddy Guy. On Hoodoo Man Blues, a spark-filled mid-1960s Chicago blues album, Wells stops on more than one occasion, while letting loose these flying shards of harmonica blasts

George Lernis Jazz Quartet – Shapes of Nature (2011)

An ambitious debut featuring seven original titles, George Lernis’ Shapes of Nature is a great new example of how Tony Williams’ legacy continues to play out in jazz.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Greatest Hits (2003)

by Mark Saleski When this album arrived in 2003, part of me wanted to say that nothing much had happened since Blood Sugar Sex Magik. But the thought was really closer to “I haven’t gotten off on much of their stuff since BSSM.

Half Notes: John Escreet – The Age We Live In (2011)

A quick glance at the credits on Britsh ex-pat keyboardist John Escreet’s new album The Age We Live In indicates a knack for bringing together some of today’s most prominent forward thinking New York jazz musicians: David Binney, Wayne Krantz, Marcus Gilmore, Tim Lefebvre, and so on. But listening to the music tells you all you need to know whyRead More

One Track Mind: Carl Palmer, “Fanfare/Drum Solo” (2004; 2011 reissue)

This tune begins, in its familiar way, with a soaring keyboard signature we’ve all come to associate so fully with Keith Emerson’s opening of Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” as interpreted in 1977 by Emerson, Lake and Palmer.