Archive for August, 2018

Conversation with Billy Cobham, Part 1: The Art of Creation

Conversation with Billy Cobham, Part 1: The Art of Creation

Billy Cobham joins Mike Tiano to discuss career highlights and challenges that led to the Crosswinds Project.

The Deanan Gourmet Popcorn Factory Crew, “Lil’ Kernel” (2018): One Track Mind

The Deanan Gourmet Popcorn Factory Crew, “Lil’ Kernel” (2018): One Track Mind

The men and women who pop, coat, bag and ship upscale popcorn in a Wylie, Texas factory believe strong enough about their mission to devise their own, cool ninety-second rap ditty about the company and the story behind the product, and even make a video of it. Oh, and the popcorn is great, too!

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin – Ninety-Nine Years (2018)

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin – Ninety-Nine Years (2018)

The Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin really comes onto its own with ‘Ninety-Nine Years.’

Tom Tallitsch – Wheelhouse (2018)

Tom Tallitsch – Wheelhouse (2018)

Tom Tallitsch’s ‘Wheelhouse’ is all in a day’s work for this underappreciated tenor saxman, who once again demonstrates the continued vitality of the hard bop form. If that kind of jazz is in your wheelhouse, then this album is sure to be as well.

Toto, “Hash Pipe” (2018): One Track Mind

Toto, “Hash Pipe” (2018): One Track Mind

Toto gets a chance to show off a rare moment of good-natured humor on this fun one-off cover of Weezer’s “Hash Pipe.”

Circles Around The Sun – Let It Wander (2018)

Circles Around The Sun – Let It Wander (2018)

Is it jazz-rock fusion or just instrumental jam-rock? Such descriptions are superfluous when the music connects as ‘Let It Wander’ by Circles Around The Sun does.

Rod Harris Jr., jazz guitarist: Something Else! Interview

Rod Harris Jr., jazz guitarist: Something Else! Interview

Rod Harris Jr. joins Preston Frazier to discuss his new EP, working with Musiq Souldchild and Jagged Edge, and his plans for the future.

Toto, “The Other End of Time” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “The Other End of Time” from Tambu (1995): Toto Tuesdays

At first, Toto’s ‘Tambu’ didn’t grab me — with a couple of exceptions. “The Other End of Time” was one of them.

Walter Becker, “She Was Good” (early 1990s): Steely Dan Sunday

Walter Becker, “She Was Good” (early 1990s): Steely Dan Sunday

Walter Becker’s estate drops another ’11 Tracks of Whack’ outtake that continues the decades-old theme of falling for a prostitute.

Chicago, “Wish I Could Fly” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Wish I Could Fly” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

This is an interesting one-time listen for devoted fans of Chicago’s original group. Others need not apply.

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