Archive for March 15th, 2012

The Rockologist: What to expect from Bruce Springsteen and his new 'E Street Big Band'

Bruce Springsteen has just notched his tenth U.S. No. 1  album — knocking off the previously unstoppable juggernaut that is Adele, no less — on the Billboard charts.

Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society (2012)

Esperanza Spalding comes into this already boasting an impressive resume: flinty jazz bassist, carmel-voiced chanteuse, Grammy sensation. With Radio Music Society, she clearly hopes to add another line: Pop star.

Robert Cray set to enter studio with legendary rock producer Kevin Shirley

Five-time Grammy-winning soul-blues star Robert Cray will enter the studio later this month to begin recording a new album with producer Kevin Shirley, known for his work with Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Journey, Joe Bonamassa and the Black Crowes, among others.

Half Notes: Steve Horowitz – New Monsters (2012)

Steve Horowitz can be considered a jazz musician, but you’re not likely to have heard some of his music through the same channels as other jazz musicians.

Nile Rodgers on ‘Like a Virgin,’ ‘Rapper’s Delight,’ ‘Upside Down’ + others: Gimme Five

Nile Rodgers on ‘Like a Virgin,’ ‘Rapper’s Delight,’ ‘Upside Down’ + others: Gimme Five

The truth is, even if you never bought a record like “Le Freak,” Chic’s wall-to-wall late 1970s hit, Nile Rodgers was all over your radio dial anyway.

Jacques Schwarz-Bart – Abyss (2009)

Saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart’s roots come from both Switzerland and Guadeloupe, but his debut album for ObliqSound was informed by much more, including music descending from Morocco as well as American jazz and funk.