Archive for September 28th, 2013

Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre – Away with Words (2013)

There is much to recommend here for Martin Barre’s stalwart Jethro Tull fans, including sensitive new takes on eight lesser-known Tull tracks. He even takes up the flute.

‘It’s always been a bee in my bonnet’: Geddy Lee explains why Rush returned to Vapor Trails

‘It’s always been a bee in my bonnet’: Geddy Lee explains why Rush returned to Vapor Trails

For Rush’s Geddy Lee, the opportunity to get back into the studio in advance of Vapor Trails, after all that Neil Peart had been through, was its own reward.

‘What are we going to do for an intro?’: Steve Cropper connects the dots on hits with Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd

‘What are we going to do for an intro?’: Steve Cropper connects the dots on hits with Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd

For guitarist Steve Cropper, an intuitive sense of things served him well. Twice, when it came to legendary riffs on what would become legendary Stax songs, he simply did what came naturally.

Mosby Group – Missouri Music (2013)

Missouri Music unfolds like a musical travelogue across a broad and intriguing landscape, with the Mosby Group making pit stops along the way to pick up elements of folk, jazz, fusion, rock, funk and world music.

‘It’s a different kind of edge to the band’: John Wetton hails Sam Coulson’s arrival in Asia

‘It’s a different kind of edge to the band’: John Wetton hails Sam Coulson’s arrival in Asia

Steve Howe’s departure from Asia, which had been working with its original lineup again since 2006, has turned into something of a blessing, according to frontman John Wetton.

‘I liken us to Superman with a guitar’: Look, up in the sky – it’s Kiss’ Paul Stanley

‘I liken us to Superman with a guitar’: Look, up in the sky – it’s Kiss’ Paul Stanley

Kiss’ Paul Stanley could certainly be forgiven for picturing his band, after so many albums and assorted memorabilia sold over so many decades, as a super group. But as super heroes? Well, yeah. That, too.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Suite: II. Legend Of The Fountain” (1977)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Suite: II. Legend Of The Fountain” (1977)

In a style that would fully bloom years later with the emergence of Pat’s Pikasso guitar, “Suite: II. Legends Of The Fountain” has Metheny spinning up beautiful melodies and arpeggios supported by deep pedal tones and artificial harmonics.

Jeffery Straker – Vagabond (2013)

Jeffery Straker sings with the unflinching attention to detail of Neil Young, but with the emotional arc of classic-era Elton John.

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