Archive for March 20th, 2013

‘Play with one Beatle, and it really f*cks up your jazz career': Denny Seiwell on Wings, and other things

‘Play with one Beatle, and it really f*cks up your jazz career': Denny Seiwell on Wings, and other things

Denny Seiwell had played with Zoot Sims and J.J. Johnson before joining Paul McCartney and Wings. His work on 1971’s Ram, in fact, arrived even as he played dates with Billy Joel and James Brown, among others.

Steve Coleman and Five Elements – Functional Arrhythmias (2013)

“Every beat on the album was original,” said Herbie Hancock about his game-changing funk-jazz album Head Hunters. It’s the one aspect about that record that has stood out to me over everything else, and made Harvey Mason a drum hero in my book

Anthrax – Anthems (2013)

After hearing Joey Belladonna’s cringe-inducing vocals on Anthrax’s version of Rush’s “Anthem,” I didn’t have much hope for this EP of covers from the thrashers, especially considering the rest of the lineup

Something Else! sneak peek: Rod Stewart – Time (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Rod Stewart – Time (2013)

Rod Stewart’s first original studio release in two decades, due on May 7, 2013, via Capitol Records, is aptly titled: Time. Sparked in part by Stewart’s work on a memoir, it’s the sound of someone looking determinedly backward.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Pat Metheny Group, “Forward March” (1984)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Pat Metheny Group, “Forward March” (1984)

I love that feeling that washes over me when a piece of music is so screwed up that I (at least initially) have no idea why I’m enjoying myself so much. That feeling will be the driving force behind most of my WTF?! entries.