Archive for November 18th, 2011

The Cookers – Cast The First Stone (2011)

Whenever David Weiss is involved in a project, it’s worth sitting up and taking notice. Same goes for Billy Hart. Or Eddie Henderson, Or Cecil McBee, Billy Harper or George Cables, for that matter. But a project that involves all of these players demands your full attention. A lineup of luminaries like this one, appropriately called The Cookers, should beRead More

Andrew Cyrille & Haitian Fascination – Route De Frères (2011)

Brooklyn-born to Haitian parents, drummer Andrew Cyrille had gone on to record with Mary Lou Williams, Coleman Hawkins and Roland Kirk before beginning a decade-plus stint in Cecil Taylor’s band during some of Taylor’s most creative periods.

Ray Charles – Live in France 1961 DVD (2011)

Ray Charles, by this point, had left Atlantic for ABC-Paramount and was well on his way to becoming one of the 20th century’s most important crossover artists — dabbling in everything from country to big band to adult contemporary music.

Guilty pleasures: The Charlie Daniels Band – Saddle Tramp (1976)

While working as a session player in the 1960s with legendary songwriters such as Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, an up-and-coming Charlie Daniels witnessed first-hand greatness at both the pen and the microphone.

Half Notes: Alex Lopez – We Can Take This Boat (2011)

The sweeping, cinematic quality of Alex Lopez’s new We Can Take This Boat makes perfect sense, really. After all, the saxophonist/composer’s debut, due on Nov. 22, follows earlier work on a series of independent films in New York City. An all-original effort, Lopez makes good on a series of named influences that include both John Coltrane and Bruce Lee, offeringRead More

One Track Mind: Jeremy Enigk, "One And One Is One" (2003)

How do things like this go unreleased? Ex-Sunny Day Real Estate frontman Jeremy Enigk wrote some beautiful music for the soundtrack to the film United States Of Leland

The Friday Morning Listen: R.E.M. – Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage (2011)

I hadn’t intended on writing about the breakup of R.E.M. again but then I heard an interview with Michael Stipe and Mike Mills and got to thinking about the future of rock music. Specifically, will there ever be a new era of “The Big Rock Band”?

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