Archive for November 28th, 2011

Half Notes: Benji Kaplan – Meditações no Violão (2011)

The best time to listen to Benji Kaplan’s Meditações no Violão is on a quiet, Sunday morning as I’m doing now. An album of self-penned songs inspired by the Brazilian form he loved from childhood and studied intensely both at Brazil and his native NYC, the title is Portuguese for meditations on the guitar, a title that befits this soloRead More

The Buckinghams – Time and Charges/Portraits (1967; 2011 reissue)

Born and bred in Chicago, Illinois, the Buckinghams were one of the most successful groups of 1967. The band started the year off on a banner note, as they netted a No. 1 hit single with their first single “Kind of a Drag”

Half Notes: Evan Cobb – Falling Up (2011)

Evan Cobb’s sleekly confident Falling Up, set for release on Nov. 29, punches a gaping hole in the old saw about educators. You know the one that goes: “Those who can, do; those who can not, teach.” That’s perhaps best heard on “Eastern Bell Feel,” a hip update of the standard “Cherokee,” as this Nashville, Tenn.-based musician and educator leadsRead More

Craig Taborn – Junk Magic (2004)

With Junk Magic, Craig Taborn issued another slab of envelope-pushing jazz — carrying on with the forward-looking theme of the Blue Series.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Born To Run" (1975)

You could make an argument that words have been maxed out for “Born To Run,” that everything has been said and there’s nothing new to be gleaned. Yeah well, people have notoriously small imaginations too