Archive for October 3rd, 2011

Johnny Winter – Roots (2011)

Johnny Winter – Roots (2011)

Winter on his biggest successes, biggest regrets – and why he always gets in a fight in Dallas.

Half Notes: Ted Rosenthal Trio – Out Of This World (2011)

A mainstream jazz pianist leading a trio through a set of tunes out of the Great American Songbook doesn’t signal that the record is going to set the jazz world on fire with a cutting edge material and indeed, Out Of This World by the Ted Rosenthal Trio doesn’t deliver that kind of music. Still, it’s pleasing to hear RosenthalRead More

Neutral Milk Hotel – In An Aeroplane Over The Sea (1998): On Second Thought

by Tom Johnson After a long period spent not listening to it, I listened again to Neutral Milk Hotel’s masterpiece, In An Aeroplane Over The Sea.

Half Notes: Jason Kao Hwang and Edge – Crossroads Unseen (2011)

Composer Jason Kao Hwang, performing on both violin and viola, starts with a foundation of chamber jazz, and then blows it up. Hwang (Reggie Workman, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill) is just as apt to set off an explosion of emotive, Eastern-themed motifs (as on the title track from Crossroads Unseen, issued on Sunday by Euonymus Records), as he is aRead More

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Wild Billy's Circus Story" (1973)

There is a contingent of “fans” out there who label this song the “mistake” of The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. Since I think of the record as one of rock’s perfect albums, I must disagree.