Archive for February 5th, 2013

Almost Hits: Alan Parsons Project, “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” (1977)

Almost Hits: Alan Parsons Project, “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” (1977)

Say the name “Alan Parsons Project,” and one typically thinks of Pink Floyd-like spacey tracks like “Time” or the ’80s hit “Eye in the Sky.” Typically the word “funky” does not spring to mind when considering the band

Exclusive stream: Steve Hackett with Angharad Bryn, “Lilly” from Beneath The Waves (2013)

Exclusive stream: Steve Hackett with Angharad Bryn, “Lilly” from Beneath The Waves (2013)

When Rob Reed began conceptualizing his forthcoming 1970s-style epic prog-rock tale Beneath the Waves, Magenta’s frontman decided he’d need a high-concept band, too: The all-star Kompendium includes, among many others, Steve Hackett

Ben Goldberg – Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues (2013)

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg sometimes gets so out front with his musical vision, it takes years to catch up with him.

Kim’s Trio featuring Vincent Herring – Relationship (2013)

New Jersey resident Dasuel Kim has a secret musical weapon here – and he’s not a member of the South Korean-born bassist’s eponymous trio: Vincent Herring, a former sideman with Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey and Dizzy Gillespie

On Second Thought: Richard Thompson – Electric (2013)

On Second Thought: Richard Thompson – Electric (2013)

Back when I compiled my “Best” Guitarists list, my hope was to reframe the discussion, making people see that there are different ways of evaluating talent. The good news is that most folks seemed to get the idea.