Archive for March 5th, 2014

One Track Mind: Deep Purple’s Don Airey with Gary Moore, “Mini Suite” from Keyed Up (2014)

Don Airey, who had a vibrant career of his own prior to Deep Purple, has provided a ringing farewell for his old bandmate Gary Moore — with a final assist from the too-soon-gone guitarist himself.

‘He proceeded to the leave’: Benmont Tench remembers his difficult first session with Bob Dylan

‘He proceeded to the leave’: Benmont Tench remembers his difficult first session with Bob Dylan

By 1981, Benmont Tench had seen success as a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, had been part of several hit moments. That doesn’t mean he was ready to be thrown in the deep end — all alone — on a Bob Dylan session.

‘We ended up going down some cul-de-sacs’: On David Gilmour’s experimental first projects with Pink Floyd

‘We ended up going down some cul-de-sacs’: On David Gilmour’s experimental first projects with Pink Floyd

David Gilmour joined Pink Floyd as the band was completing its final recording with original frontman Syd Barrett. But 1968’s Saucerful of Secrets didn’t herald a new direction, so much as the beginning of a long period of experimentation.

The Zombies – The Zombies (1965): Forgetten Series

The Zombies – The Zombies (1965): Forgetten Series

‘The Zombies’ finds the band handling jazz, pop, soul, and beat music with an instinctive maturity. The roots of progressive rock begin here!

Noah Baerman – Ripples (2014)

Noah Baerman plays piano, organ, slide guitar and sings a little. He leads a trio, a chamber octet, a duet, a quartet of singers, a two-sax/vibes quintet, and an assortment of combinations of these ensembles. He composes for every shade of jazz from greasy soul-jazz to Third Stream. And he does this all within one album.

Ringo Starr begins work on a new studio album, with Toto’s Steve Lukather on board

Ringo Starr begins work on a new studio album, with Toto’s Steve Lukather on board

Ringo Starr is at work on his first studio project since the aptly named Ringo 2012, with Steve Lukather again at his side. The Toto guitarist, a current member of the All Starr Band, tells us he wrote a song for the as-yet-unnamed album.

‘If I never do it again, that’s OK’: Adrian Belew dives into ProjeKCt work, with no King Crimson regrets

‘If I never do it again, that’s OK’: Adrian Belew dives into ProjeKCt work, with no King Crimson regrets

The Crimson ProjeKCt, a Robert Fripp-approved King Crimson offshoot group, begins its new tour today in Tel Aviv — even as the mothership band is set to restart featuring two of the ProjeKCt’s stalwart members.

‘They keep pulling me back in!’: Yes reunion in the works for 1990s-era member Billy Sherwood

‘They keep pulling me back in!’: Yes reunion in the works for 1990s-era member Billy Sherwood

Billy Sherwood, who worked with Yes as a touring musician, studio mixer, producer and then as a full-time member across the 1990s, has returned to the fold as a second engineer on their on-going new studio project.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Dave Seidel, “Accretion” (2014)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Dave Seidel, “Accretion” (2014)

The few times I’ve ever offered up any of my WTF?! Wednesday material to co-workers, the response invariably involves a crinkled up face and a head shake. This is often followed by a comment along the lines of “That…is not music.”