Archive for September 21st, 2011

Farewell to R.E.M., and a return to Accelerate

by Mark Saleski There were a handful of nights back in the early 1980s when me and my buddy Gene did little else but sit around in his folks’ living room, bliss out on the heat of the woodstove, and listen to Elvis Costello’s Imperial Bedroom and, especially, R.E.M.’s Murmur.

Tony Levin, legendary bassist: Something Else! Interview

The latest incarnation for bassist Tony Levin, best known for his work with King Crimson and Peter Gabriel, is as part of a fearless new trio album with guitarist David Torn and Yes drummer Alan White.

Half Notes: Martha Wainwright – I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too (2008)

by Tom Johnson The sophomore album from the sister of Rufus, and daughter of Loudon III and Kate McGarrigle wasn’t a batch of wimpy Lilith Fair material. Martha may be blessed with the pipes of an angel, but she sings about real-world angst that leaves you white-knuckled and nervous. In the end, she may just be Aimee Mann’s spiritual opposite:Read More

One Track Mind: Chick Corea and Stefano Bollani, "Orvieto Improvisation No. 2/Nardis" (2011)

In the winter of last year, Chick Corea and Stefano Bollani performed at the famed Umbria Jazz Festival in Bollani’s home country of Italy, with no other instrumentation beyond two pianos positioned facing each other

Ramsey Lewis – Ramsey, Taking Another Look (2011)

I skipped right to this album’s new edit of “Sun Goddess,” a timelessly accessible 1970s R&B fusion number — already singing the familiar wordless chorus from the original by Ramsey Lewis with Earth Wind and Fire

One Track Mind: Pat Metheny Group, "Third Wind" (1987)

I like a good guitar solo as much as the next guy, but given a choice between a display of fretboard pyrotechnics vs. something with a little more soul, I’ll always gravitate to the latter.

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