Archive for November 10th, 2013

Van Morrison – Moondance: Expanded Edition (1970; 2013 reissue)

Van Morrison – Moondance: Expanded Edition (1970; 2013 reissue)

“Moondance is a classic,” Van Morrison once said. “I put things together that nobody’s ever put together before. I’m proud of that.”

‘I’ve got one more thing’: The amazing one-take story behind a signature Otis Redding hit

‘I’ve got one more thing’: The amazing one-take story behind a signature Otis Redding hit

Otis Redding’s 1965 No. 11 R&B hit “I Can’t Turn You Loose” was aptly named, considering that he refused to leave for his next show until guitarist Steve Cropper laid down the song’s famous lick.

Gimme Five: Herbie Hancock – The Complete Columbia Album Collection (2013)

Gimme Five: Herbie Hancock – The Complete Columbia Album Collection (2013)

Former collaborators Bill Summers and Mike Clark join us as we sort through a handful of ageless moments from the forthcoming Herbie Hancock box set, The Complete Columbia Album Collection.

Assaf Kehati – Naked (2013)

Some thoughts of mine re: Assaf Kehati’s new recording Naked yet to be released. To me the essence of any jazz performance is to have your audience pat their feet and smile.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Everything Must Go” (2003)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Everything Must Go” (2003)

<<< BACKWARD (“Lunch With Gina”) ||| ONWARD (“The Steely Dan Show”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Becker and Fagen went for a big splash at the conclusion of Two Against Nature with Chris Potter’s never-ending sax solo to conclude “West of Hollywood.”

‘The process takes about two hours’: Kiss’ Gene Simmons explains his traditional pre-show ritual

‘The process takes about two hours’: Kiss’ Gene Simmons explains his traditional pre-show ritual

No matter how big Kiss has gotten, no many how many years have gone by, one pre-show ritual remains: The putting on of the makeup.

One Track Mind: Nnenna Freelon, “Swingle Jingle Bells” from Christmas (2013)

One Track Mind: Nnenna Freelon, “Swingle Jingle Bells” from Christmas (2013)

Nnenna Freelon arrives like an effervescent burst of champagne bubbles, cooing and scatting along to one of Frank Foster’s final arrangements on the opening track from her forthcoming Yuletide set.

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