Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

Various Artists – Freeway Jam, To Beck And Back (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron Maybe Nick’s covered a couple of “various artists” albums on this blog, I don’t remember. But until now, I’ve stayed away from them. It’s hard to assess these kind of albums as a whole, when there’s so many styles and approaches coexisting on the same record. Usually these records have more the feel of a collectionRead More

Something Else! Interview: Emerging jazz star Sam Yahel

by S. Victor Aaron Whether it’s for gigging with Joshua Redman, opening for Steely Dan, sessioning with Norah Jones or forging a new approach to the jazz organ, Sam Yahel deserves your notice. Find out what sets Yahel apart from other Hammond B-3 players and get his insights on why his just-released CD ‘Truth And Beauty’ isn’t just for jazzRead More

One Track Mind: Charlie Musselwhite "Church Is Out" (2007)

by Pico Wow, I nearly missed this one. For years now, I’ve been a fan of the man from Memphis for his undiluted brand of deeply rooted electric blues and for his harmonica that currently has no peer with the recent passing of Carey Bell. After Musselwhite’s highly acclaimed Sanctuary from 2004 was somehow not connecting with me, I tookRead More

John McLaughlin/ Jaco Pastorius/ Tony Williams – Trio Of Doom (2007)

by Pico A band made up of the godfather of fusion guitar, the undisputed greatest innovator of the electric bass guitar and the best drummer of them all is a fusion jazz dream. And for the very briefest of time, John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius and Tony Williams formed a power trio to top all power trios. One that Jaco coinedRead More

One Track Mind: Little River Band, "Happy Anniversary" (1977)

by Pico Honest, we didn’t intend it this way, but it has become 70’s & 80’s Classic Rock Week here at Something Else! Sure, there was a little jazz organ and Louisiana legend thrown in for variety, but at this time last week you couldn’t tell me that our high and mighty little slice of the blogosphere would feature Journey,Read More

Bill Evans, Everybody Digs Bill Evans (1958)

by S. Victor Aaron The classic record showcasing the masterful piano of a just-maturing Bill Evans is back. More to the point, it returns in 24-bit remastered form as part of Orrin Keepnews’currently running “Keepnews Collection” reissue campaign, straight from the original producer of such notable jazz records by Chet Baker, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson (which was recently covered here),Read More

Sam Yahel Trio, Truth And Beauty (2007)

by Pico Joey deFrancesco. Tony Monaco. Larry Goldings. Barbara Dennerlein. All at the forefront of the current generation of jazz organists and heirs to the mantle of Jimmy Smith, Charles Earland and Jack McDuff. Oh yeah, there’s one more notable: Sam Yahel. But with the release this week of his fourth effort Truth And Beauty, Yahel is making the caseRead More

Deep Cuts: Aerosmith, "Seasons Of Wither" (1974)

Familiar band, not-so-familiar song. But perhaps it should be more familiar. Sinister, sophisticated and beautiful in a evocative way, “Seasons Of Wither” represented a major advancement in the maturation of the then-fledgling band. In a time dominated by the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith served notice that they’ll tip their hat to those superstar bands of gritty rock, butRead More

Michael Brecker – Pilgrimage (2007)

photo by Darryl Pitt by S. Victor Aaron Michael Brecker’s untimely passing at age 57 last January was, to me at least, one of the bigger blows to jazz music in a long time. But this piece isn’t going to be a eulogy to him because we’ve covered that already. Instead, it’s a celebration of some terrific music he posthumouslyRead More

Porcupine Tree, “Fear Of A Blank Planet” (2007): One Track Mind

I tried but, damnit, I just couldn’t ignore Fear Of A Blank Planet any longer. Whenever someone asks me who among the current crop of prog rock bands they should explore, Porcupine Tree is always on the top of my list. While I enjoy Yes-reincarnated outfits like Spock’s Beard, PT seems to be one of the few earnestly trying toRead More

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