Archive for June, 2017

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2017 (So Far): Lara Bello, Hattie Webb, Nick Finzer + others

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2017 (So Far): Lara Bello, Hattie Webb, Nick Finzer + others

The Best of 2017 (So Far) includes jazz, pop, blues, prog and things that are, quite thrillingly, simply outside of any general category.

Burning Ghosts – Reclamation (2017)

Burning Ghosts – Reclamation (2017)

True to the stated purpose of Burning Ghosts, ‘Reclamation’ is another piercing protest document without words. But regardless of what your politics might be, there’s much to relish here as long as you appreciate raw passion delivered through accomplished musicianship and a fearless attitude.

Riverside (Dave Douglas, Chet Doxas, Steve Swallow, Jim Doxas) – The New National Anthem (2017)

Riverside (Dave Douglas, Chet Doxas, Steve Swallow, Jim Doxas) – The New National Anthem (2017)

The ever-discerning CArla Bley herself is a fan of the Bley tribute ‘The New National Anthem,’ and with the sheer joy on display that went into making this record, it’s not hard to figure why.

Yes, “It Can Happen” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

Yes, “It Can Happen” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

The third single from Yes’ 1983 blockbuster ‘90125’ boasts a balanced mixed of progressive elements and rock sensibilities.

Maciek Pysz and Gianluca Corona – London Stories (2017)

Maciek Pysz and Gianluca Corona – London Stories (2017)

Maciek Pysz and Gianluca Corona’s ‘London Stories’ features only two guitars, yet there are so many textures, changes and different emphasis.

Rock and Roll Music, by the Beatles, Stones, Oasis, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Odd Couples

Rock and Roll Music, by the Beatles, Stones, Oasis, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Odd Couples

For us, rock and roll was a term applied to music of the 1950s such as Elvis Presley or Chuck Berry – and was strictly to be avoided.

Alan Parsons Project somehow remains faceless, despite hitting big with Eye in the Sky

Alan Parsons Project somehow remains faceless, despite hitting big with Eye in the Sky

It didn’t help that a different singer was featured on each single from the Alan Parsons Project’s smash album, which arrived in June 1982.

Chicago, “Beyond All Our Sorrows” (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Beyond All Our Sorrows” (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s Terry Kath delivers a raw, emotional performance not unlike John Lennon’s brilliant but bleak ‘Plastic Ono Band’ album.

The Beatles, “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” from Sgt. Pepper (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” from Sgt. Pepper (1967): Deep Beatles

A vintage poster and some cut-up tapes: these two elements play key roles in the Beatles’ “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”

Living Colour, “Come On” from Shade (2017): One Track Mind

Living Colour, “Come On” from Shade (2017): One Track Mind

If Living Colour’s “Come On” is representative of the whole project, ‘Shade’ is going to be well worth the wait.

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