Archive for September, 2017

Steely Dan’s Aja at 40: Still the pinnacle of jazz-pop sophistication

Steely Dan’s Aja at 40: Still the pinnacle of jazz-pop sophistication

Steely Dan’s ‘Aja’ set the bar for finesse in pop and rock music, and that bar hadn’t been cleared yet.

Various Artists – Sky Music, A Tribute To Terje Rypdal (2017)

Various Artists – Sky Music, A Tribute To Terje Rypdal (2017)

feature photo: Roberto Masotti/ECM Records No, Terje Rypdal is still thankfully among us, but with a rich discography stretching back more than fifty years, the Norwegian guitar legend’s 70th birthday is as good occasion as any to

The Successful Failures – Ichor of Nettle (2017)

The Successful Failures – Ichor of Nettle (2017)

Juggling power-pop instincts with roots rock influences, the Successful Failures produce a sound that exercises both the body and the brain cells.

Yes, “Hearts” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

Yes, “Hearts” from 90125 (1983): YESterdays

What a way to end Yes’ ‘90125,’ the biggest album from the world’s greatest progressive rock band.

The Rainy Daze, “That Acapulco Gold” (1967): One Track Mind

The Rainy Daze, “That Acapulco Gold” (1967): One Track Mind

Remembering the Rainy Daze, an unjustly forgotten group featuring the writers of the Strawberry Alarm Clock’s chart-topping hit “Incense and Peppermints.”

Chicago, “Wishing You Were Here” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Wishing You Were Here” from Chicago VII (1974): Saturdays in the Park

Is this Peter Cetera-composed, Terry Kath-sung track the best ballad in Chicago’s canon, or just one of many highs?

I Thought I Knew Something About the Beatles

I Thought I Knew Something About the Beatles

Tom Wilmeth takes a deep dive into the expanded edition of Mark Lewisohn’s ‘The Beatles – All These Years, Vol. 1: Tune In.’

Ali Handal – That’s What She Said (2017)

Ali Handal – That’s What She Said (2017)

‘That’s What She Said’ is a great way to get to know the multi-talented Ali Handel. And once you get to know her, you’re bound to like her.

Donald Fagen, Rickie Lee Jones, Anthony Robustelli + Others: Five for the Road

Donald Fagen, Rickie Lee Jones, Anthony Robustelli + Others: Five for the Road

A thread involving Donald Fagen and Walter Becker runs through this look at the albums that have been in my car recently.

On Jazz: Long Live Live Music

On Jazz: Long Live Live Music

Recorded jazz music has its place. At live performances, however, you will never repeat the exact moment again. They can alter your perceptions, too.

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