Archive for May, 2012

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Cadillac Ranch" (1980)

The lighter side of The River‘s light/heavy axis contains more fun than a person should be allowed to have on any given day. There’s no way I could pick a favorite

Bachman and Turner – Live at the Roseland Ballroom, NYC (2012)

If the standard for a reunion is that it measure up to the sound and feel of the original music, then Bachman and Turner — the heart and soul of platinum-selling 1970s hitmakers Bachman-Turner Overdrive — have delivered.

Nick Africano – The Butterfly Bull (2012)

Like its title, Nick Africano’s The Butterfly Bull succeeds in these brilliantly contradictory ways. There are, over the course of its 12 songs, both shadows and light

Edward Ratliff – Those Moments Before (2009)

It’s said that music has its own language and syntax. I’m not talking about the technical stuff like notes, measures, and key centers, but the more subtle areas

Steely Dan Sunday, "Gaucho" (1980)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and Becker and Fagen discovered just how true that was when their little hat tip to jazz pianist Keith Jarrett turned nasty and expensive.

David Daniell and Douglas McCombs – Versions (2012)

Seven hours. Versions, the new recording from David Daniell and Douglas McCombs, is all about seven hours.

Mick Fleetwood's Zoo – I'm Not Me (1983; 2012 reissue)

This home-recorded Mick Fleetwood project, never before issued on compact disc, is neither a solo effort nor a Fleetwood Mac knockoff

Half Notes: Richard Bona – Bona Makes You Sweat (2008)

In the Pat Metheny Group, there is always one musician who plays the role of “utility man.”

Darryl Gregory – Big Texas Sky (2012)

Boasting a Americana twang but also a rough moral sensibility and a cutting way with an image, Darryl Gregory’s Big Texas Sky is probably too edgy for country radio. It’s a shame.

Steve Smith and Vital Information – Live! One Great Night (2012)

Steve Smith, like Paul McCartney, has a solo career that’s way more extensive than the higher profile rock band he belonged to for a relatively short period of time, but he’ll always be known as that Journey drummer