Archive for December 10th, 2011

Noah Kaplan Quartet – Descendants (2011)

The title for the Noah Kaplan Quartet’s debut album makes all the sense in the world when you look up the word “descendant” in the dictionary. There, you’ll find one of the definitions read “deriving or descending from an ancestor.”

On Second Thought: The Beatles – Love (2006)

It seems any “new” Beatles material is going to be greeted with the same reaction from die-hard fans: mostly derision, because whatever it is will surely be either leftover material parading as new or rehashes in the form of best-ofs.

Half Notes: Ornette Coleman – Twins (1971)

If you’ve ever been interested in Ornette’s Free Jazz, but thought that it might be “too much,” then this album might be worth a listen. The first track, “First Take”, is literally a shorter version (17 minutes) of the Coleman classic. The double quartet lineup is impressive, too: Don Cherry, Scott LaFaro, Billy Higgins, Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie HadenRead More

Shows I’ll Never Forget: My Morning Jacket, May 20, 2011

For many Southern-born Americans, Memorial Day weekend is a coming out party for the upcoming season — an un-official first day of summer, if you will.

Tori Amos – Midwinter Graces; Bob Dylan – Christmas In the Heart (2009)

For many years now, I’ve gone out and purchased one new CD of Christmas music. The idea has always been to get something in a genre that I don’t already own.