Archive for March 24th, 2013

‘A booze up send off': Lively celebration of original Yes guitarist Peter Banks’ life is in the works

‘A booze up send off': Lively celebration of original Yes guitarist Peter Banks’ life is in the works

Peter Banks launched his solo career in 1973 with an album called Two Side of Peter Banks. Now fans, stricken over his sudden death, can enjoy the other side of mourning: Celebrating the ex-Yes guitarist’s life.

‘Not just a collection of pop songs': Rick Wright remembers Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon

‘Not just a collection of pop songs': Rick Wright remembers Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon

In a newly unearthed talk, Pink Floyd co-founder Rick Wright offers fresh insights on Dark Side of the Moon during its 40th anniversary, and on the tangled relationships that eventually tore the group apart.

‘It’s a pretty amazing journey': Despite ups and downs, Styx’s Chuck Panozzo just keeps on rocking

‘It’s a pretty amazing journey': Despite ups and downs, Styx’s Chuck Panozzo just keeps on rocking

For original Styx bassist Chuck Panozzo, the journey has been worth every moment of adversity. Panozzo, who founded the band with sibling John and neighbor Dennis DeYoung more than 50 years ago, has seen Styx breakup and reform

‘Same three guys, same three chords': ZZ Top celebrates 30th anniversary of smash hit Eliminator

‘Same three guys, same three chords': ZZ Top celebrates 30th anniversary of smash hit Eliminator

For ZZ Top, 1983’s Eliminator was a turning point, in more ways than one. Billy Gibbons and Co. would never have more commercial success, but they would never sound more commercial, either — memorably experimenting with synthesizers

‘Let’s hope it will progress into another decade': Asia celebrates arrival of new guitarist Sam Coulson

‘Let’s hope it will progress into another decade': Asia celebrates arrival of new guitarist Sam Coulson

John Wetton describes Sam Coulson’s arrival as the beginning of a new chapter for Asia — a less fussy, harder-hitting chapter. Coulson himself says Asia will likely have a heavier edge.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Hat Too Flat” (1994)

<<< BACKWARD (“This Moody Bastard”) ||| ONWARD (“Little Kawai”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** This detailed re-evaluation of Becker’s first solo record from the mid-90s gave me a better appreciation of the album, but there are some quirks I still can’t overcome and the whole of “Hat Too Flat” is one of them.

FUSK – Super Kasper (2013)

To paraphrase Joe Lovano, FUSK doesn’t so much play free jazz, as set jazz free. Performing Super Kasper in a series of first takes, with three tracks presented as complete improvisations, this amalgam is simply too enterprising to fit into any one category.

Adrenaline Mob – Coverta (2013)

I kind of chuckled when I saw that Adrenaline Mob had chosen three Ronnie James Dio-related songs for its eight-song covers EP, but now I get it.

One Track Mind: Kahil El’zabar, “Central Park West” (2013)

The “Chicagoan of the Year” as awarded by the Chicago Tribune has to be a person who’s done a lot for that large community, and as percussionist, bandleader, composer, past Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians chairman