Articles by: Preston Frazier

Burt Bacharach, Greg Phillinganes, Marilyn Scott + others: Five for the Road

Burt Bacharach, Greg Phillinganes, Marilyn Scott + others: Five for the Road

Greg Phillinganes and Burt Bacharach are part of the latest edition of Five for the Road, an occasional look at music that’s been in my car lately.

Yes, “Tempus Fugit” from Drama (1980): YESterdays

Yes, “Tempus Fugit” from Drama (1980): YESterdays

Yes should have made “Tempus Fugit,” a gem among gems, the focus track on 1980’s ‘Drama.’

Toto Tuesday, “You Got Me” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto Tuesday, “You Got Me” from The Seventh One (1988): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s ‘The Seventh One’ boasted a layered sonic sheen eclipsing anything else in 1988 – and no where is that more evident than “You Got Me.”

Bobby Kimball – We’re Not in Kansas Anymore (2017)

Bobby Kimball – We’re Not in Kansas Anymore (2017)

Bobby Kimball’s voice, which has lost little of its range and emotional presence, elevates ‘We’re Not in Kansas Anymore.’

Steely Dan, April 29, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Steely Dan, April 29, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Given the passing of a lot of musical heroes recently, Steely Dan’s impassioned, career-spanning turn was much appreciated.

Yes, “Run Through the Light” from Drama (1980): YESterdays

Yes, “Run Through the Light” from Drama (1980): YESterdays

A re-tooled Yes continued to test their boundaries with “Run Through the Light” from 1980’s ‘Drama.’

Chris Greene, jazz saxophonist and composer: Something Else! Interview

Chris Greene, jazz saxophonist and composer: Something Else! Interview

Chris Greene joined Preston Frazier to discuss his genre-defying new album ‘Boundary Issues,’ and an unlikely origin story in jazz.

Lara Bello, “Sola” from Sikame (2017):  One Track Mind

Lara Bello, “Sola” from Sikame (2017): One Track Mind

“Sola” is a perfect example of Lara Bello’s songwriting heft, lyrical gravitas and her engaging voice.

Chicago, “Just You ‘N’ Me” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Just You ‘N’ Me” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

With its stellar arrangements, impressive chops and smart production, Chicago’s “Just You ‘N’ Me” reached rare heights among pop-rock singles in 1973.

Yes, “Into the Lens” from Drama (1980): YESterdays

Yes, “Into the Lens” from Drama (1980): YESterdays

Yes has never sounded more like a cohesive unit than they do on “Into the Lens,” from 1980’s underrated ‘Drama.’

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