Archive for January 7th, 2012

Something Else! sneak peek: Ringo Starr, "Wings" from Ringo 2012 (2012)

Here’s a preview of a track from Ringo Starr’s forthcoming solo album, Ringo 2012. “Wings” is actually a badly needed remake of a song Starr co-wrote some 35 years ago.

Jeff Kimmel Quartet – Charm Offensive (2011)

At thirty-one minutes, this debut album by the Jeff Kimmel Quartet is shorter than some EP’s, but bass clarinetist Kimmel and his friends make the most of their time.

Pink Martini – Hang On Little Tomato (2004)

What with all of the bits of nasty weather, work deadlines, etc … a person can get just plain frazzled. So what’s needed on the drive to work is some romantic and swanky musings. Pink Martini definitely fits the bill.

Half Notes: Cynic – Traced In Air (2008)

I don’t know exactly what kept Cynic apart for a decade and a half following 1993′s groundbreaking Focus, but the band returned almost as if little time had passed — still technical, still heavy, and not a little bit weird and jazzy in places … maybe even “beautiful,” some odd minds might call it. What made this band so specialRead More

Gimme Five: Say what?!? Jazz music's most surprising albums

“Jazz is the sound of surprise.” — jazz critic Whitney Balliett, 1926-2007