Archive for February 14th, 2013

Confusion Bleue – Roulette Concert (2013)

Making up tunes on stage isn’t for the feint of heart, but the best musicians like Keith Jarrett can handle it.

Josh Groban – All That Echoes (2013)

Whether you loathe his brand of operatic pop or love him like only a Grobanite can, there’s no doubting the sheer prowess of the 31-year-old Josh Groban.

‘There’s always an ongoing debate’: Lawrence Gowan sticks up for the current edition of Styx

‘There’s always an ongoing debate’: Lawrence Gowan sticks up for the current edition of Styx

Though it’s been 15 years since Lawrence Gowan took over as frontman with Styx, he’s aware that arguments continue over how the current version of the group matches up against the Dennis DeYoung-led edition.

Valentine Special: Michael Des Barres, “The Key of Love” from Carnaby Street: Encore Edition (2013)

“The Key of Love,” a bonus track on Michael Des Barres’ new Carnaby Street: Encore Edition, is the kind of blessedly ragged, totally real song you’re hoping Rod Stewart comes up with for his forthcoming pop album

Forgotten series: The Everpresent Fullness – Fine and Dandy: The Complete Recordings (2004)

Although the mystical name suggests a psychedelic consciousness, this Southern California act actually specialized in jugband-styled folk rock.

Brad Goode – Chicago Red (2013)

The red headed trumpeter from Chicago, Brad Goode, is a fine technician who mastered the bop language thanks to stints with such heavy hitters as Red Rodney, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Harris, Ira Sullivan, Frank Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Jack DeJohnette, and Rosemary Clooney.

JL Stiles – House of Murmurs (2013)

JL Stiles comes out of a blues-playing tradition, but he moves far afield of anything so straight-forward on House of Murmurs, a layered, connective album that can’t be anchored to any one specific genre.