Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

The Subdudes – Street Symphony (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron They look and sound like they’ve been around forever, but the Subdudes have “only” existed for 20 years (counting the roughly eight-year hiatus from 1996-2004), mainly flying under the radar. They come out of that musically rich town of New Orleans, but have rarely been mentioned in the same sentence as Dr. John, Galactic or theRead More

One Track Mind: Monte Montgomery "When Will I" (1999)

By Pico The fertile music grounds of Austin, Texas has brought the world such uniquely talented guitar big shots like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson. But the list doesn’t stop there; among many other specialists of the six string from that locale is a dude who stands out a little more than the others. I’m talking about Monte Montgomery.Read More

Manhattan New Music Project – Jazz Cycles (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron Orchestral jazz seem to be a dying art these days. Oh sure, there are Ellington, Monk and Mingus tribute bands, but there seems to be a dearth of composers creating new works. Well OK, maybe that’s a little dramatic. In reality, such jazz composers still do exist today, but they toil in relative obscurity. One ofRead More

One Track Mind: Ornette Coleman "Voice Poetry" (1975)

by Pico From 1950 to 1975 Harmolodics has always existed in my writing and playing. Yet I did not have a Harmolodic Band to compose and perform with as a working band. I often speak about being a composer that performs without prejudice of environment.–Ornette Coleman, from the Body Meta liner notes. “Harmolodics,” a conception of Coleman’s regarding a basicRead More

Max Roach (1924-2007): An Appreciation

Max Roach, a drummer both of unparalleled force and towering intellect, has passed. A New York Times obit talks about the dramatic scope of his life’s work: Mr. Roach’s death closes a chapter in American musical history. He was the last surviving member of a small circle of adventurous musicians – among them Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk andRead More

California Transit Authority – Full Circle (2007)

Full Circle isn’t not so much about a CD than it is a story of a certain musician’s redemptive long journey back from personal tragedies. And his new band is a musical group led by a man who sought to provide a willing public the soulful, energetic free wheeling style of seventies rock that’s missing so much on the musicRead More

One Track Mind: Scorch Trio – "Kjøle Høle" (2004)

by S. Victor Aaron When talking about notable adventurous jazz of any sort that’s being made these days, it’s hard not to mention the Scandinavians. You’ve got your Esborn Svennson Trio (EST), Jaga Jazzist, Bugge Wesseltoft, Nils Petter Molvær, and even old stalwarts like Terje Rypdal and Jan Garbarek who remain vital to the scene. A few years ago, oneRead More

Robben Ford – Truth (2007)

A diverse musician like guitar wizard Robben Ford is capable of competently cranking out just about any kind of record he wants to. Rock, blues, jazz, r&b or folk, Ford’s done it all, whether he’s playing for his own records or for the likes of Joni Mitchell, George Harrison or Miles Davis. We touched on Robben’s wide ranging talent lastRead More

Bryan Lee – Katrina Was Her Name (2007)

Guys like Tab Benoit and Kenny Neal are testament that the blues are still alive and kickin’ in South Louisiana. But when it comes to making the blues come alive in the bayou country, those guys have their match in a sixty-two year old blind white guy from Wisconsin. That guy with the tall black hat, Wayfarers and gray chinRead More

Vital Information – Vitalization (2007)

From “Don’t Stop Believin’” to konnakul. What does that mean, you ask? Allow me to explain. Journey, a band mostly known for gargantuan stadium anthems from the late-seventies to the mid-eighties, had a secret weapon in their ranks. Those who didn’t take their toilet breaks during the individual solo segment of Journey concerts might have picked up on it though.

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