Archive for September 19th, 2011

One Track Mind: Alyssa Graham, "High Time" (2011)

Alyssa Graham’s “High Time,” this melancholy remake, transforms a familiar Grateful Dead song from 1970 into a scorching tale of hope replaced by regret.

Forgotten series: Matthew Shipp – Nu Bop (2003)

by Tom Johnson Jazz has been in a kind of holding pattern since the mid-1970s, when even Miles Davis declared the genre dead.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" (1973)

Much of Springsteen’s early work was populated with large casts of characters and places, skillfully woven into the narrative. Heck, sometimes the people and places were the narrative.

Half Notes: Jay Bennett – The Magnificent Defeat (2006)

by Tom Johnson It took the late Jay Bennett a few years, but in 2006 he finally released the kind of album that made listeners sit up and think “Maybe Jeff Tweedy should have kept him around in Wilco after all.” Full of heartfelt ballads and Stones-influenced rockers, The Magnificent Defeat hearkened back to the Being There and Summerteeth yearsRead More