Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

My 2007 MVP CD: David Torn – Prezens

When it came time to decide which CD’s to include in my starters and alternates lists, there was a lot of agonizing over many of the choices. But my top choice came early and easily. In fact, it was all but determined by the end of May, after I listened to David Torn’s Prezens a few times. Unless you delveRead More

Dan Fogelberg (1951-2007): An Appreciation

by Pico At 6:00 a.m. this morning, singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg passed away peacefully at his home in Maine. He fought a three year battle with prostate cancer that was already advanced when diagnosed in 2004. He was 56 years old. He will of course always be remembered for the music he left behind. The hits like “Longer,” “Same Old LangRead More

My All-Star CD's of 2007: The Starters

by Pico Yesterday I revealed my second team selections of favorite CD’s from 2007. Now, we get into the really good stuff. Here is the Special Seven: Robert Plant/Allison Krauss – Raising SandNiether Plant nor Krauss are the kind of artists whose records I run out and buy, but I’ve always appreciated the works of both. In coming together forRead More

My All-Star CD's of 2007: The Alternates

by S. Victor Aaron What a year it’s been for a baby boomer like me. We’ve seen strong fresh offerings from stalwarts like Paul McCartney, John Fogerty, America, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Hornsby, James Taylor, Jean-Luc Ponty, John Mellencamp and yes, even the Eagles. What’s more, the old stuff pulled from the vaults for the first time from luminaries like NeilRead More

One Track Mind: Kent DuChaine, "Marilyn" (1995)

?Among the blues musicians of today, you’ve got your stars like Robert Cray, Jonny Lang, Shemekia Copeland and so forth, and then you’ve got the remaining 98% who are toiling away at this blessed craft in relative obscurity, anonymous to all but the patrons who catch their shows in bars and festivals across America and beyond. These little-known blues menRead More

James Taylor – One Man Band (2007)

by Pico JT has been around since the Flower Power days and never really left the scene. He captured a large chunk of the young populace at that time who largely held on as his fanbase as younger generations passed on him. He’s long settled into a comfortable living from releasing new material every five or so years and fromRead More

One Track Mind: Dionne Farris, "I Know" (1994)

by Pico Here’s a One Track Mind that’s also a One Hit Wonder. Remember Dionne Farris? If you do, then this song must have made an impression on you, too. This is usually the part where I delve into the artist’s background and deliver the setup to the song of the moment. Well, there isn’t much to say this time.Read More

Otis Rush – 1956-1958, His Cobra Recordings

by S. Victor Aaron Left-handed Chicago electric blues guitar legend Otis Rush is a living link to a Chicago blues scene ruled by the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter in the late fifties. But the harsh reality that Rush had never quite attained the status of those icons in no way is a reflection on hisRead More

Drew Gress – The Irrational Numbers (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron The credits scream “Tim Berne music” but the music itself more suggests “George Russell” or “Carla Bley.” This is the initial impression I got from Drew Gress’ newest offering released last month, The Irrational Numbers. Modern jazz composer/bassist Drew Gress is one of those New York City “improvised music” cats that we’ve covered on this spaceRead More

Quickies: Levon Helm, Herbie Hancock, Robert Plant/Alison Krauss, Neil Young

There’s been a plethora (love that word) of releases on the rock side of the genre ledger that has demanded by attention. You see, the rocksters listed here were all riding high back in the seventies, so naturally, I was curious to see if they still got “it.” In each case, the answer is “yes”, but for two of them,Read More