Archive for June, 2014

Fred Hersch Trio – Floating (2014)

Never mind the studio setting, the highly lyrical and entrancing beauty of Fred Hersch’s piano and his empathetic rhythm section makes this another winning outing for this trio.

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Rock, Pop and Jazz): Simon Phillips, Kere Buchanan, Nathan East, Oz Noy, Judith Owen, Toto

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Rock, Pop and Jazz): Simon Phillips, Kere Buchanan, Nathan East, Oz Noy, Judith Owen, Toto

Already, we’ve heard so much great stuff from the Toto family tree of music.

Something Else! sneak peek: Jerry Lee Lewis, “Rock and Roll Time” from Rock and Roll Time (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Jerry Lee Lewis, “Rock and Roll Time” from Rock and Roll Time (2014)

An enduringly ornery delight, the Killer still sounds as dangerous as ever.

‘It’s hard to complain about it’: Neal Doughty says REO Speedwagon happily delivers the big ballads

‘It’s hard to complain about it’: Neal Doughty says REO Speedwagon happily delivers the big ballads

They’ve had other hits, but REO is famous today for two sweet-talking No. 1 smashes.

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Avant Garde & Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Jamie Saft/Joe Morris

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Avant Garde & Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Jamie Saft/Joe Morris

The appeal of this music is its unbiased diversity and lack of set rules.

Steely Dan Sunday: “I Can’t Write Home About You” (1980)

Steely Dan Sunday: “I Can’t Write Home About You” (1980)

A crown-jewel Steely Dan outtake from around the ‘Gaucho’ recording sessions.

One Track Mind: The Stooges’ James Williamson, “Open Up and Bleed” from Re-Licked (2014)

One Track Mind: The Stooges’ James Williamson, “Open Up and Bleed” from Re-Licked (2014)

Add a blues belter, and this little-heard early-1970s Stooges demo is reborn.

Ian McLagan and the Bump Band – United States (2014)

Ian McLagan and the Bump Band – United States (2014)

Ian McLagan returns with a boozy swagger, even while examining deep human emotions.

‘We sing it better’: David Crosby makes bold statement about the Beatles track from CSNY 1974

‘We sing it better’: David Crosby makes bold statement about the Beatles track from CSNY 1974

He says Crosby Stills and Nash bested the original – and it’s not even close.

The Doors – Other Voices (1971); Full Circle (1972): More Perfect Playlists

The Doors – Other Voices (1971); Full Circle (1972): More Perfect Playlists

Rarely considered part of the canon, these two albums nevertheless have their moments.

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