Archive for May, 2017

The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco – Not For Everyone (2017)

The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco – Not For Everyone (2017)

What’s the difference between an electric piano and an acoustic one? In the hands of The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco, apparently not much, quality-wise.

Kikanju Baku and James Fei – No One Teaches The Snake To Strike (2017)

Kikanju Baku and James Fei – No One Teaches The Snake To Strike (2017)

Baku and Fei’s ‘No One Teaches The Snake To Strike’ is extreme jazz improv, all tracks made up on the spot, no safety net, no overdubs, just a pure outpouring of drums/reeds co-combustion.

Paul Collins’ Beat – To Beat or Not to Beat (1983); Long Time Gone (1985): Reissue

Paul Collins’ Beat – To Beat or Not to Beat (1983); Long Time Gone (1985): Reissue

A new reissue highlights the often-overlooked Paul Collins’ Beat, one of the great power pop bands from the late ’70s/early ’80s.

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

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

There are some songs that simply take me away, and Toto’s “Anna” is one of them. It’s a master class.

Bobby Kimball, former Toto frontman: Something Else! Interview

Bobby Kimball, former Toto frontman: Something Else! Interview

Ex-Toto singer Bobby Kimball joins Preston Frazier to discuss his powerful new solo album ‘We’re Not in Kansas Anymore.’

Colin Stetson – All This I Do For Glory (2017)

Colin Stetson – All This I Do For Glory (2017)

Colin Stetson’s ‘All This I Do For Glory’ is an album which, like all the good ones, gives more with each listen.

Wes Montgomery with the Wynton Kelly Trio – Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966) (2017)

Wes Montgomery with the Wynton Kelly Trio – Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966) (2017)

‘Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966)’ will quench the thirst of anyone wanting more of Wes Montgomery with Wynton Kelly.

Chicago, “Something in This City Changes People” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Something in This City Changes People” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

If more of 1973’s ‘Chicago VI’ had shown this kind of naked honesty, the album as a whole would be better regarded today.

Burt Bacharach, Greg Phillinganes, Marilyn Scott + others: Five for the Road

Burt Bacharach, Greg Phillinganes, Marilyn Scott + others: Five for the Road

Greg Phillinganes and Burt Bacharach are part of the latest edition of Five for the Road, an occasional look at music that’s been in my car lately.

Rob Mazurek’s Black Cube Marriage – Astral Cube (2017)

Rob Mazurek’s Black Cube Marriage – Astral Cube (2017)

‘Astral Cube’ is the latest in a long line of Mazurek projects that demonstrates the leader’s great ability to bring divergent talent together for a chaotic yet cathartic sonic experience.