Archive for December 2nd, 2015

Neil Young’s Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House finds an artist in ascension

Neil Young’s Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House finds an artist in ascension

‘Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House,’ issued on Dec. 2, 2008, presents Neil Young before he rose to solo stardom. But you’d never know it.

Pat Metheny – 80/81 (1980): Track by track through a classic

Pat Metheny – 80/81 (1980): Track by track through a classic

Released 35 years ago, ’80/81′ comfortably visits “out” material and more straight ahead jazz, with a healthy introduction to Pat Metheny’s idea of “folk jazz.”

Brand New Heavies’ self-titled debut defined a now-lost acid-jazz cool

Brand New Heavies’ self-titled debut defined a now-lost acid-jazz cool

As brilliant as N’Dea Davenport is, I’m drawn more these days to feel-good instrumentals on the Brand New Heavies’ self-titled album from 25 years ago.