Archive for June 13th, 2013

Jazz Flautist Sam Most (1930-2013): An Appreciation

Sam Most, bebop’s pre-eminent flute player as well as one of the first ones, died Thursday morning. He was 82 years old.

The Band, “Bessie Smith” from The Basement Tapes (1968): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Bessie Smith” from The Basement Tapes (1968): Across the Great Divide

Arriving in official form so many years later, the Band’s fabled late-1960s ‘Basement Tapes’ project was almost destined to disappoint.

‘It stayed with me’: Jonathan Cain remembers how a dying child reshaped Journey’s “Only the Young”

‘It stayed with me’: Jonathan Cain remembers how a dying child reshaped Journey’s “Only the Young”

Keyboardist Jonathan Cain, still very emotional after three decades, remembers the terminally ill little boy who forever changed the context of Journey’s 1980s hit “Only the Young.”

One Track Mind: Serpent and Seraph, “Tears of Niviane” from Under Darkened Skies (2013)

I try my best not to judge an album by its cover or a band by its name. But every now and then one of those things catches my attention.

Exclusive stream: Antoine Fafard with Jerry Goodman, “Peace for 4” from Occultus Tramitis (2013)

This angular and exciting track, featuring a tornadic assist from violinist Jerry Goodman, opens bassist Antoine Fafard’s terrific new prog/fusion album Occultus Tramitis.

‘It would be like a circus’: Ian Gillan says he turned down millions to do multi-era Deep Purple reunion

‘It would be like a circus’: Ian Gillan says he turned down millions to do multi-era Deep Purple reunion

Over its lengthy history, the Deep Purple lineup has boasted a number huge stars — including David Coverdale, Joe Lynn Turner, Glenn Hughes and, of course, Ritchie Blackmore. Perhaps inevitably, someone had the idea of a reunion concert.

Something Else! sneak peek: Fergie Frederiksen, “Last Battle Of My War” from Any Given Moment (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Fergie Frederiksen, “Last Battle Of My War” from Any Given Moment (2013)

Fergie Frederiksen is the living embodiment of the old saw: If you’re going through hell, keep going. Rather than wallowing in any kind of pity, much less anger, the former Toto frontman is charging headlong into a hopeful future

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