Archive for April, 2017

Robert Cray – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (2017)

Robert Cray – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (2017)

Though mainly thought of as a premium blues singer and guitarist, I tend to see Robert Cray as part of a long line of great soul men.

Lara Bello, “Sola” from Sikame (2017):  One Track Mind

Lara Bello, “Sola” from Sikame (2017): One Track Mind

“Sola” is a perfect example of Lara Bello’s songwriting heft, lyrical gravitas and her engaging voice.

Chris Potter – The Dreamer Is The Dream (2017)

Chris Potter – The Dreamer Is The Dream (2017)

The opening notes on “Heart In Hand” from Chris Potter’s tenor sax traces Wayne Shorter’s opening remark on “Dance Cadaverous” but Potter’s own deeply expressive character quickly surfaces on his own spare but symphonic poem. In what begins as a

Ella Fitzgerald, “Perdido” (1949): Appreciations

Ella Fitzgerald, “Perdido” (1949): Appreciations

“Perdido” was supposed to be a live showcase for Charlie Parker. Then Ella Fitzgerald – who would have been 100 today – stepped up to the mic.

Toto, “Pamela” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Pamela” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

A rejuvenated Toto opens one of their very best albums with a song that should have been a bigger hit.

The Great Harry Hillman, “How To Dice An Onion” from Tilt (2017): Something Else! 360º video premiere

The Great Harry Hillman, “How To Dice An Onion” from Tilt (2017): Something Else! 360º video premiere

As the 360º video makes clear, the gumption of the Great Harry Hillman knows no bounds.

Jenny Scheinman – Here on Earth (2017)

Jenny Scheinman – Here on Earth (2017)

With ‘Here On Earth,’ Jenny Scheinman does more than merely curate the culture of the American Piedmont region. She brings it to life.

Jimmy Greene – Flowers: Beautiful Life, Volume 2 (2017)

Jimmy Greene – Flowers: Beautiful Life, Volume 2 (2017)

Jimmy Greene’s biggest help comes from within – inside his heart, where Ana Grace Greene lives and thrives.

The Bad Signs – Black Magic Moments: Record Store Day EP (2017)

The Bad Signs – Black Magic Moments: Record Store Day EP (2017)

The Bad Signs remind me of Mazzy Star mashed up with Roy Orbison, but with country-influenced female lead vocals.

Chicago, “Just You ‘N’ Me” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Just You ‘N’ Me” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

With its stellar arrangements, impressive chops and smart production, Chicago’s “Just You ‘N’ Me” reached rare heights among pop-rock singles in 1973.