Archive for January 11th, 2014

On Second Thought: Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes (2014)

On Second Thought: Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes (2014)

Bruce Springsteen is one of the greatest storytellers in rock, whether taking on racism, Vietnam, 9/11 or the eternal victory of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he also remains a misunderstood presence.

‘Everything else was sort of insignificant’: After Otis Redding sang ‘Try a Little Tenderness,’ it became his

‘Everything else was sort of insignificant’: After Otis Redding sang ‘Try a Little Tenderness,’ it became his

There had been, to be sure, other versions of “Try a Little Tenderness,” beginning with the Ray Noble Orchestra in 1932. Aretha Franklin had an early-1960s hit with it, too. But none is quite so revered as Otis Redding’s take.

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – South (2014)

Time on the road had led Black and the Rodeo Kings to a new sound, inside dressing rooms, in the backs of rumbling busses, in the merchandise tent adjacent to the darkened stage.

Exclusive stream: Helen Sung, “Brother Thelonious” from Anthem For A New Day (2014)

A past winner of the Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition, Helen Sung knows her way around eighty-eight keys, and after five well-received albums, this NYC residing, Houston, Texas native is bringing her talents to the Concord Music label.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Long Ago Child/Fallen Star” (1979)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Long Ago Child/Fallen Star” (1979)

It’s one thing to paint a complete picture with a small amount of harmonic material, yet quite another to be very concise with over ten minutes of music.