Archive for February, 2018

The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band – Chinese Butterfly (2018)

The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band – Chinese Butterfly (2018)

Chick Corea and Steve Gadd’s ‘Chinese Butterfly’ breaks no new ground but in this case, that can be completely forgiven. They cover old ground with such vigor, inspiration and mastery that makes this album just as essential in 2018 as it would have been in 1978.

Similar Fashion – Portrait Of (2018)

Similar Fashion – Portrait Of (2018)

It gets harder to be artful in an original way in these days, but Logan Hone and his quirky quartet does it and does it well.

Uri Gurvich – Kinship (2018)

Uri Gurvich – Kinship (2018)

Uri Gurvich’s ‘Kinship’ is a celebration of differences, both cultural and musical, and yet it retains a sense of the great warmth of harmony.

Badfinger’s Joey Molland – The Pilgrim (1992): Forgotten Series

Badfinger’s Joey Molland – The Pilgrim (1992): Forgotten Series

The specter of Badfinger manifests throughout, but ‘The Pilgrim’ ends up reinforcing Joey Molland’s ability to stand on his own.

Jeff Lederer and Shakers n’ Bakers, “Heart Love” from Heart Love (2018): Sneak Peek

Jeff Lederer and Shakers n’ Bakers, “Heart Love” from Heart Love (2018): Sneak Peek

Here is the video premiere of the Albert Ayler/Mary Parks song “Heart Love”, by the Jeff Lederer-led collective Shakers n’ Bakers.

Toto, “Wings of Time,” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Wings of Time,” from Kingdom of Desire (1992): Toto Tuesdays

“Wings of Time” now serves a bittersweet staple of the Toto live set, but Steve Lukather tells us that it didn’t start out that way.

Maceo Parker’s Roots and Grooves was half genius, half missed opportunity

Maceo Parker’s Roots and Grooves was half genius, half missed opportunity

Released 10 years ago today, this album found Maceo Parker trying another fun experiment with history and sound, but with mixed results.

The Beatles, “Act Naturally” from Help! (1965): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Act Naturally” from Help! (1965): Deep Beatles

“Act Naturally” came, well, naturally for Ringo Starr. He had flirted with country music long before joining the Beatles.

Roberto Maria Zorzi, Michael Manring, Scott Amendola – Facanapa & Umarells and the World Wide Crash (2018)

Roberto Maria Zorzi, Michael Manring, Scott Amendola – Facanapa & Umarells and the World Wide Crash (2018)

The new album by Roberto Maria Zorzi, Michael Manring and Scott Amendola relentlessly delivers surprises with sounds heretofore unheard.

Unit 4 + 2 – Unit Four Plus Two (1969): Forgotten Series

Unit 4 + 2 – Unit Four Plus Two (1969): Forgotten Series

Emerging in an age when heavy rock was the happening thing, Unit 4 + 2’s self-titled 1969 album was unfairly deemed a dated anomaly.

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