Archive for October 10th, 2012

‘Intense music being played by very cool people’: Billy Sherwood takes us inside The Fusion Syndicate

‘Intense music being played by very cool people’: Billy Sherwood takes us inside The Fusion Syndicate

The forthcoming Fusion Syndicate finds Yes alum Billy Sherwood exploring his lesser-known passion for free-form instrumental sounds associated with Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever.

Kat Parsons – Oh! (2012)

Kat Parsons – Oh! (2012)

Kat Parsons sounds sort of like a geekier, over-caffeinated Carole King, singing with humor, joy and these occasional flashes of revealing introspection over a series of pop confections on the perfectly named Oh!

Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos (2012)

Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos (2012)

Donald Fagen makes a clean break from his thirty-year-old crowning achievement, with a big assist from the Steely Dan machinery’s secret weapon.

Movies: The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

1967 marked a crucial transitional period for the Beatles; they recorded the groundbreaking Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; performed “All You Need Is Love” on the Our World broadcast

Wadada Leo Smith and Louis Moholo-Moholo – Ancestors (2012)

Wadada Leo Smith and Louis Moholo-Moholo – Ancestors (2012)

In his relentless pursuit of unique sounds with real emotional depth, Wadada Leo Smith has for nearly five decades experimented with so many approaches, both in styles and configurations

Books: Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll (2012)

Books: Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll (2012)

As amazing as it may seem, there have been 27 members of Heart since the group’s formation in the mid-1970s, including the revolving door of multiple drummers who have come and gone in, as characterized, Spinal Tap-like fashion