Archive for November 21st, 2011

Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings – Collectors’ Edition Box Set (2011)

A fun opportunity to catch up with Bill Wyman’s old-school R&B and blues revue arrives in the form of this sweeping five-disc retrospective focusing on the former Rolling Stones bassist’s subsequent Rhythm Kings band.

One Track Mind: Jason Stein Quartet, "Work" (2011)

One of the more distinctive and convincing points made by Ted Gioia in his definitive chronicle of jazz, The History of Jazz (1997, rev. 2011, Oxford University Press) is about the under-credited impact pianist Lennie Tristano made

Half Notes: Rick James – Bustin' Out Of L Seven (1979)

I do remember all those wild Funkadelic, Parliament and Rick James records being advertised in Creem magazeen back in the day. Never bought any at the time. Years later I got a copy of Funkadelic’s One Nation Under A Groove and realized that I’d made a terrible mistake. All those years devoid ‘o funk! This particular James record is aRead More

The Pretty Things – The Pretty Things/Get the Picture? (1965; 2011 reissue)

Formed in 1963, the Pretty Things from Kent, England were one of the leading lights of the British beat boom.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Backstreets" (1975)

Ah, the masterful end of Born To Run‘s side one. To a lot of younger Bruce fans (you know, the ones who enjoy “Waitin’ On A Sunny Day” guilt-free) the idea of “side one” and “side two” don’t mean a whole lot.