Archive for April, 2018

Steve Winwood returned with great songs, and an old friend, on Nine Lives

Steve Winwood returned with great songs, and an old friend, on Nine Lives

It’s always refreshing to see a long-established rock star simply follow his muse. Ten years ago, Steve Winwood did just that with ‘Nine Lives.’

Bill Lloyd – Feeling the Elephant (1987): Forgotten Series

Bill Lloyd – Feeling the Elephant (1987): Forgotten Series

Stuffed with ear candy, Bill Lloyd’s ‘Feeling the Elephant’ arrived three decades ago with a flair for shrewdly stitched pop rock.

David Ake – Humanities (2018)

David Ake – Humanities (2018)

David Ake puts decades of experience behind ‘Humanities,’ creating what will certainly be one of the best mainstream jazz releases of the year.

Mudcrutch’s belated self-titled debut brought Tom Petty back to his roots

Mudcrutch’s belated self-titled debut brought Tom Petty back to his roots

Returning to Mudcrutch a decade ago, Tom Petty put his notorious studio perfectionism aside to recapture the feel of a hungry American rock band.

Chicago, “Gently I’ll Wake You” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Gently I’ll Wake You” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

While Robert Lamm’s voice has held up over the years, he’s rarely, if ever, returned to the creative vocal delivery he used on this Chicago song.

Johannes Wallmann, jazz pianist and bandleader: Something Else! Interview

Johannes Wallmann, jazz pianist and bandleader: Something Else! Interview

Johannes Wallmann joins Preston Frazier to discuss ‘Love Wins,’ his journey to American shores and the on-going fight for marriage equality.

Jeff Cosgrove, Scott Robinson + Ken Filiano – Hunters & Scavengers (2018)

Jeff Cosgrove, Scott Robinson + Ken Filiano – Hunters & Scavengers (2018)

For ‘Hunters and Scavengers,’ Jeff Cosgrove, Scott Robinson and Ken Filiano arrive at their destination together, but the journey is where all that goodness is found.

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

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

Toto’s second-to-last track and title cut from ‘Kingdom of Desire’ powerfully closes the chapter on this era’s hard-rock theme.

Matthew Shipp – Symbol Systems (1996, 2018 reissue)

Matthew Shipp – Symbol Systems (1996, 2018 reissue)

‘Symbol Systems’ opened a new chapter into the bountiful art of Matthew Shipp, a chapter he has continuously amended to this day.

GIG [Randy Goodrum, Dave Innis and Bruce Gaitsch] – Brave New World (2018)

GIG [Randy Goodrum, Dave Innis and Bruce Gaitsch] – Brave New World (2018)

The supergroup GIG evolved organically with Bruce Gaitsch and Dave Innis providing most of the music and Randy Goodrum the lyrical heft.

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