Archive for March, 2017

Laurence Juber – LJ Can’t Stop Playing the Beatles (2017)

Laurence Juber – LJ Can’t Stop Playing the Beatles (2017)

Ex-Wings guitarist Laurence Juber strips down Beatles tracks to their barest elements, exploring critical elements and captivating listeners.

Chicago, “State of the Union” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “State of the Union” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

With “State of the Union,” the train of great Robert Lamm songs just keeps on rolling through 1972’s ‘Chicago V.’

Whit Dickey, Mat Maneri, Matthew Shipp – Vessel In Orbit (2017)

Whit Dickey, Mat Maneri, Matthew Shipp – Vessel In Orbit (2017)

Conceived as it was played, ‘Vessel In Orbit’ is unpredictable, melodic and has form built around emotion not formal structures. When it’s done by such elastic artists like Dickey, Shipp and Maneri, it all comes together beautifully.

Adam Steffeck – Aviator (2017)

Adam Steffeck – Aviator (2017)

Chicago-based finger-style guitarist Adam Steffeck’s ‘Aviator’ is cinematic in scale, bold in concept and brilliant in execution.

Ted Milton, of Blurt: Something Else! Interview

Ted Milton, of Blurt: Something Else! Interview

Ted Milton’s work with Blurt has been branded “jazz,” “post-punk,” “dance” and “experimental,” but there isn’t a pencil-pusher name to define an act like this.

The Beatles, “It Won’t Be Long” from With the Beatles (1963): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “It Won’t Be Long” from With the Beatles (1963): Deep Beatles

“It Won’t Be Long” once again demonstrates the Beatles’ willingness to stretch the boundaries of conventional pop-song structures.

Mark Anthony K of Projekt Gemineye and the Exalted Piledriver: Something Else! Interview

Mark Anthony K of Projekt Gemineye and the Exalted Piledriver: Something Else! Interview

Mark Anthony K talks to Preston Frazier about the new Projekt Gemineye project, and how a discarded guitar changed his musical life.

Peter Erskine New Trio – In Praise Of Shadows (2017)

Peter Erskine New Trio – In Praise Of Shadows (2017)

If you want your jazz to sooth even when the tempos aren’t slow, Peter Erskine New Trio’s ‘In Praise Of Shadows’ will do the trick very well.

David Philips, “Home” from Winter (2017): Something Else! sneak peek

David Philips, “Home” from Winter (2017): Something Else! sneak peek

Here is “Home,” the advance single from David Philips’ upcoming ‘Winter’ album. Philips might change his tactics from time to time but the overall strategy of delivering quality, hand-made folk music never wavers.

Toto, “Could This Be Love” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Could This Be Love” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

“Could This Be Love” introduced Joseph Williams as Toto’s new lead vocalist, even as it laid the foundation for a return to greatness on ‘The Seventh One.’

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