Archive for January 2nd, 2013

‘His spirit is very much in the record': Ian Gillan on Deep Purple’s emotional tribute to Jon Lord

‘His spirit is very much in the record': Ian Gillan on Deep Purple’s emotional tribute to Jon Lord

Deep Purple’s new album will be both a departure and an opportunity to pay tribute to fallen co-founder Jon Lord, frontman Ian Gillan says.

‘My voice has gotten a lot better': Rod Stewart discusses his road back from thyroid cancer surgery

‘My voice has gotten a lot better': Rod Stewart discusses his road back from thyroid cancer surgery

Rod Stewart discusses the difficult road back from thyroid cancer from a few years ago, a situation that demanded surgery — and ultimately, he estimates, lowered his voice as much as half a tone.

‘I wouldn’t jump the gun': Alan White says new Yes album likely isn’t happening any time soon

‘I wouldn’t jump the gun': Alan White says new Yes album likely isn’t happening any time soon

Last July, stalwart Yes man Chris Squire told us “the next thing” the band will do is record a new album. Not so fast, counters long-time drummer Alan White.

‘There were some problems': Sammy Hagar says film of Ronnie Montrose tribute show has hit a snag

‘There were some problems': Sammy Hagar says film of Ronnie Montrose tribute show has hit a snag

Sammy Hagar reveals why a hoped-for DVD souvenir remains unreleased more than eight months after the Chickenfoot frontman and a host of other notables gathered to honor Ronnie Montrose at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco.

Something Else! Interview: Chris Stamey, co-founder of the dB’s

Something Else! Interview: Chris Stamey, co-founder of the dB’s

Chris Stamey, up until recently, hadn’t issued a new long-player since he worked with Yo La Tengo on 2005’s A Question of Temperature, and last recorded a full album with his old band the dB’s in 1982.

On Second Thought: Charlie Haden – Rambling Boy (2008)

On Second Thought: Charlie Haden – Rambling Boy (2008)

It’s maybe a little too easy to toss around words like “revolutionary,” but that word certainly applied to the early Ornette Coleman Quartet. There was nothing like it at the time, and the music became ground zero for the free jazz movement.

Downes Braide Association – Pictures of You (2012)

Downes Braide Association – Pictures of You (2012)

I’m not sure what I was expecting from this new collaboration between Geoff Downes (Asia, Yes, the Buggles) and Chris Braide (The Producers). Whatever you call it, though, Pictures of You is compulsively listenable.

One Track Mind: Patricia Barber, “Smash” (2013)

When I listen to Patricia Barber sing, I think of her not so much as a jazz singer than as a poet reciting her work, with the depth and feeling that only the originator of that work can deliver.