Archive for April, 2018

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

GIG [Randy Goodrum, Dave Innis and Bruce Gaitsch] – Brand 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.

Chicago, “Scrapbook” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Scrapbook” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Given some of the more pedestrian offerings on ‘Chicago X,’ the live-in-the-studio sound of “Scrapbook” is a great palate cleanser.

Kiss – Rock and Roll Over (1976): On Second Thought

Kiss – Rock and Roll Over (1976): On Second Thought

Kiss’ ‘Rock and Roll Over’ appeared only months after ‘Destroyer.’ History shows, however, that the best rock music thrives on spontaneity.

Kait Dunton, “Re-Entry” from trioKAIT 2 (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

Kait Dunton, “Re-Entry” from trioKAIT 2 (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

Here is the premiere of “Re-Entry,” the lead-off track from trioKAIT’s third album ‘trioKAIT 2.”

Anteloper (Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazary) – Kudu (2018)

Anteloper (Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazary) – Kudu (2018)

Anteloper’s ‘Kudu’ suggests that there is so much art waiting to be tapped with only a trumpet, drums and a little bit of circuitry.

Michael Coleman, Ben Goldberg – Practitioner (2018)

Michael Coleman, Ben Goldberg – Practitioner (2018)

One can’t help to think that Steve Lacy would have loved the originality Ben Goldberg and Michael Coleman brought to these personal expressions of his.

Yes, “Miracle of Life” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Yes, “Miracle of Life” from Union (1991): YESterdays

The first two minutes of “Miracle of Life” are pure prog joy. Then, as with so much of Yes’ pieced-together 1991 album ‘Union,’ something goes wrong.

The Beatles, “Your Mother Should Know” from Magical Mystery Tour (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Your Mother Should Know” from Magical Mystery Tour (1967): Deep Beatles

“Your Mother Should Know” may not break new musical ground, but it further exemplifies how the Beatles drew from seemingly unlikely sources in their compositions.

Banchee – Banchee (1969): Forgotten Series

Banchee – Banchee (1969): Forgotten Series

Carved of ragged and jagged guitars, cutting melodies and loose and natural energy, ‘Banchee’ is one rocking record. Too bad it’s so hard to find.

Chicago, “Mama Mama” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Mama Mama” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

There’s nothing deep or profound, to be sure, about Peter Cetera’s “Mama Mama,” yet the sentiment on this ‘Chicago X’ deep cut is pure and sincere.

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