Archive for July, 2018

Rob Dixon Trio, with Charlie Hunter and Mike Clark – Coast To Crossroads (2018)

Rob Dixon Trio, with Charlie Hunter and Mike Clark – Coast To Crossroads (2018)

The Rob Dixon Trio’s ‘Coast To Crossroads’ is funk-jazz that’s the best because it comes from the best.

Toto, “Baby He’s Your Man” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Baby He’s Your Man” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

“Baby He’s Your Man” from 1995’s ‘Tambu’ is funky, hook-laden – and unfortunately overlooked by fans of Toto.

The Necks – Body (2018)

The Necks – Body (2018)

Sounding very much like themselves while incrementally reinventing themselves, The Necks’ constant tweaking of their formula keeps the music fresh and full of fascination. ‘Body’ nudges the band forward on their long, highly rewarding journey.

Little Freddie King – Fried Rice & Chicken (2018)

Little Freddie King – Fried Rice & Chicken (2018)

If you haven’t yet discovered the hidden blues treasure Little Freddie King, ‘Fried Rice & Chicken’ is a perfect way to get acquainted.

Jimmie Smith – Live in Music City: Jimmie Smith Plays Jimmy Smith (2018)

Jimmie Smith – Live in Music City: Jimmie Smith Plays Jimmy Smith (2018)

Created as a tribute to one of jazz’s organ masters, ‘Live in Music City’ instead ends up showcasing the promise and potential of Jimmie Smith.

John Mellencamp’s Dark, Down-Home Life, Death, Love and Freedom Still Resonates

John Mellencamp’s Dark, Down-Home Life, Death, Love and Freedom Still Resonates

Ten years ago, John Mellencamp confirmed a late-career renaissance with the T Bone Burnett-produced ‘Life, Death, Love and Freedom.’

Chicago, “Takin’ It On Uptown” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Takin’ It On Uptown” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s “Takin’ It On Uptown,” the last Terry Kath song released in his lifetime, is a nod to idol Jimi Hendrix – and so much more.

Connie Han, “Crime Zone” from Crime Zone (2018): Something Else! premiere

Connie Han, “Crime Zone” from Crime Zone (2018): Something Else! premiere

Here is the premiere of “Crime Zone,” the title song from pianist and composer Connie Han’s Mack Avenue Records debut album.

Rich Halley 3 – The Literature (2018)

Rich Halley 3 – The Literature (2018)

You may not necessarily learn a whole lot more about the originators for the songs featured in ‘The Literature,’ but you’re bound to understand Rich Halley a little better. His sweet and spicy artistry uses a lot of quality ingredients.

The Beatles, “Helter Skelter” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Helter Skelter” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

“Helter Skelter” shatters previous stereotypes of the Beatles and, in turn, reveals the future of rock music.

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