Articles by: Preston Frazier

Vangelis – Delectus (2017)

Vangelis – Delectus (2017)

If you’re a progressive rock fan, the question is whether you should splurge on the new 13-CD box set from Vangelis. Here’s your answer.

Nick Finzer – Hear and Now (2017)

Nick Finzer – Hear and Now (2017)

‘Hear and Now’ packs the instrumental prowess we’ve come to expect from Nick Finzer, paired with a finely honed compositional edge and stellar musicianship.

Chicago, “Dialogue (Part I) and (Part II)” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Dialogue (Part I) and (Part II)” from Chicago V (1972): Saturdays in the Park

“Dialogue (Part I)” and “(Part II)” further cemented my view that Robert Lamm was – and is – Chicago’s greatest writer.

Steve Hackett, “In the Skeleton Gallery” from The Night Siren (2017): One Track Mind

Steve Hackett, “In the Skeleton Gallery” from The Night Siren (2017): One Track Mind

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett’s “In the Skeleton Gallery” arrives in advance of ‘The Night Siren’ with a hint of the familiar – at least at first.

Nick Finzer’s Thoughtful ‘Hear and Now’ Also Honors Duke Ellington: Something Else! Interview

Nick Finzer’s Thoughtful ‘Hear and Now’ Also Honors Duke Ellington: Something Else! Interview

Trombonist Nick Finzer discusses the impetus for his new album ‘Hear and Now,’ a sweeping new tour and the importance of jazz education.

Warren Zevon – Sentimental Hygiene (1987): On Second Thought

Warren Zevon – Sentimental Hygiene (1987): On Second Thought

Preston Frazier returns to his favorite album by Warren Zevon, who would have been 70 on Jan. 24, 2017.

Yes, “Circus of Heaven” from Tormato (1978) YESterdays

Yes, “Circus of Heaven” from Tormato (1978) YESterdays

The Jon Anderson-penned “Circus of Heaven” continues a trend of inconsistency which plagued Yes’ ‘Tormato.’

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.