Articles by: Preston Frazier

Roberto Occhipinti – Stabilimento (2017)

Roberto Occhipinti – Stabilimento (2017)

Roberto Occhipinti’s group weaves elements of Charles Mingus with hints of Stevie Wonder and Afro rhythm.

Yes, “Arriving UFO” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

Yes, “Arriving UFO” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

While the earlier “Madrigal” seemed to end too soon, Yes’ “Arriving UFO” instead overstays its welcome.

Preston Frazier’s Best Rock, Pop and Soul of 2016: Durand Jones, Childish Gambino, Circa

Preston Frazier’s Best Rock, Pop and Soul of 2016: Durand Jones, Childish Gambino, Circa

Preston Frazier surveys the best rock, pop and soul of 2016, selecting a widely varied slate of honorees.

Yes, “Release, Release” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

Yes, “Release, Release” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

I’ve always thought that Yes’ 1978 album cut “Release, Release” harkened back to the days of original guitarist Peter Banks.

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016: Marquis Hill, Dave Stryker, Manu Katche + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016: Marquis Hill, Dave Stryker, Manu Katche + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016 list crosses a striking number of musical boundaries from straight-ahead jazz to vocalists to fusion.

Chicago, “This Christmas” from What’s It Gonna Be, Santa (2003): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “This Christmas” from What’s It Gonna Be, Santa (2003): Saturdays in the Park

Earnest and sweet, this update of Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” showcases one of Chicago’s longest tenured non-original members.

Ed Toth, drummer with the Doobie Brothers: Something Else! Interview

Ed Toth, drummer with the Doobie Brothers: Something Else! Interview

Ed Toth discusses his time in the Doobie Brothers, as well as earlier work as a former member of the platinum-selling Vertical Horizon.

Preston Frazier’s Best Reissues and Box Sets of 2016: David Lindley, King Crimson, Kate Bush

Preston Frazier’s Best Reissues and Box Sets of 2016: David Lindley, King Crimson, Kate Bush

Preston Frazier offers his thoughts on the best reissues and box sets from 2016, with two special honorable mentions.

Yes, “Madrigal” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

Yes, “Madrigal” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

“Madrigal” may be the only track on Yes’ disappointing 1978 album ‘Tormato’ which ends too soon.

Toto, “‘Till The End” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “‘Till The End” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s ‘Fahrenheit’ turned back to the more radio-friendly approach of ‘Toto IV,’ beginning with this lead single featuring new frontman Joseph Williams.