Archive for October 12th, 2013

James Booker – Classified: Remixed and Expanded (2013)

James Booker – Classified: Remixed and Expanded (2013)

James Booker’s tortured ingenuity was never given its due, partly because he mixed such a dizzying degree of elements into his sound and partly because of his legendary erraticisms.

‘It’s a pretty small field’: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on his unique role as a rock flautist

‘It’s a pretty small field’: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on his unique role as a rock flautist

Ian Anderson wasn’t exactly following the hot trend when he traded his guitar for a flute. So, the Jethro Tull frontman had to come up with his own rock ‘n’ roll style on the instrument.

‘She was a female Otis Redding’: The one singer Steve Cropper wished he’d collaborated with

‘She was a female Otis Redding’: The one singer Steve Cropper wished he’d collaborated with

Steve Cropper, the ace producer and sideman at Stax Records, ended up playing with most every one he’d ever admired over the years — except for one person

Foreign Motion – In Flight (2013)

Last year Cory Wong made a sweeping musical statement — or should I say, several statements — sprawling over 2 discs. Quartet/Quintet revealed not just the wide ambition of this guitarist from Minneapolis, Minnesota but the wherewithal to realize it.

‘It’s taken me a long time’: Queen’s Roger Taylor is ready for some Fun On Earth

‘It’s taken me a long time’: Queen’s Roger Taylor is ready for some Fun On Earth

For Roger Taylor, Fun on Earth is both a full-circle return to his solo career — with a punny title referencing his debut away from Queen — and a chance to take stock.

Miley Cyrus – Bangerz (2013)

Miley Cyrus – Bangerz (2013)

It’s unsurprising that Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz, her fourth studio album, would reflect the push-and-pull of a young adult trying to break away from an image crafted for her.

‘I said: Of course, yes’: Even with few details, Pat Mastelotto didn’t hesitate in rejoining new King Crimson

‘I said: Of course, yes’: Even with few details, Pat Mastelotto didn’t hesitate in rejoining new King Crimson

When the ever-enigmatic Robert Fripp called Pat Mastelotto about rejoining the new iteration of King Crimson, the drummer leapt at the opportunity — even though he knew very little about Fripp’s plans.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “San Lorenzo” (1978)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “San Lorenzo” (1978)

With this album, we have what many think of as the classic Pat Metheny Group sound, “San Lorenzo” being a perfect exemplar.

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