Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

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.’

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.

Satoko Fujii and Joe Fonda – Mizu (2018)

Satoko Fujii and Joe Fonda – Mizu (2018)

Satoko Fujii’s and Joe Fonda’s ‘Mizu’ shows the deepening musical communion between pianist and bassist, as this disc captures three of their co-composed pieces performed over two nights in Europe.

This Is It! (Satoko Fujii) – 1538 (2018)

This Is It! (Satoko Fujii) – 1538 (2018)

Satoko Fujii’s newest combo is This Is It! and their debut album ‘1538’ can’t get much closer to improvisational music perfection.

Jan Hammer – Seasons Pt. 1 (2018)

Jan Hammer – Seasons Pt. 1 (2018)

Jan Hammer’s, ‘Seasons Pt. 1’ picks up right where Drive left off, continuing with his unique brand of wholly keyboard-based instrumental music that sits in a space between prog-pop, fusion jazz and New Age.

Boz Scaggs – Out Of The Blues (2018)

Boz Scaggs – Out Of The Blues (2018)

Long past the hit-making phenomena of the ‘Silk Degrees’ years, Boz Scaggs is still providing some very good reasons to keep listening to him with his third return-to-my-roots record in a row, ‘Out of the Blues.’

Young Gun Silver Fox – AM Waves (2018)

Young Gun Silver Fox – AM Waves (2018)

Anyone who liked the MOR music coming from the radio forty years ago will find everything to like about Young Gun Silver Fox’s ‘AM Waves.’ Yacht rock has a new soundtrack, and it’s a good one.

Claudio Scolari, Daniele Cavalca, Simone Scolari – Natural Impulse (2018)

Claudio Scolari, Daniele Cavalca, Simone Scolari – Natural Impulse (2018)

Like Claudio Scolari and Daniele Cavalca’s prior projects, you could call ‘Natural Impulse’ “jazz” for a number of reasons but in the end it just sounds like two (sometimes three) guys following their instincts to make music that’s both unpredictable and inviting. And they have only gotten better at doing that.

Walter Becker,  “Ghost of Hipness Past” (early 1990s?): One Track Mind

Walter Becker, “Ghost of Hipness Past” (early 1990s?): One Track Mind

The fine folks at Walter Becker Media have dropped another cleaned up ’11 Tracks of Whack’ outtake on us, an edgier number titled “Ghost of Hipness Past.”

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