Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

One Track Mind: Ben Folds Five, "Jane" (1999)

Like last week’s OTM, we’re profiling a song played by a pianist whose preferred method of attack is the trio format. Aside than that, there’s nothing that could be more different about today’s flavor, as we go from a twenty-six minute long cerebral jazz track to a three minute pop tune. And since it’s pop, I’m not going to botherRead More

David Stryker – Shades Of Miles (1998)

by Pico Lately it seems every other article I write has some sort of Miles Davis connection to it (and I have yet another piece about a Davis sideman sitting in the pipeline). But as a lover of the early style of fusion as well as just about any form of adventurous jazz, it’s hard to ignore the man’s vastRead More

Gov't Mule – High And Mighty (2006)

by Pico Whoa, what’s this? A review on a hot-out-of-the-oven release of a rock record by a well known band…from this site? We’re supposed to stick with old records and/or out of the mainstream stuff, right? Hey, we like our rock ‘n’ roll too, and there’s even a few guys on today’s scene we follow. Especially guys like Gov’t Mule.Read More

One Track Mind: Keith Jarrett Trio, “Autumn Leaves” (1994)

by S. Victor Aaron That Keith Jarrett, he’s one amazing individual. Consider: · In the middle of the domination of jazz by wanking electric guitarists and keyboardists in 1975, KJ sits down in front of an audience in West Germany armed with only a piano, starts playing whatever came out of his head for about an hour and the recordingRead More

Something Else! Featured Artist: The Isley Brothers

by Pico I think I can say this with high confidence that The Isley Brothers were among the best and underrated R&B bands of the 1970’s. It wasn’t just Ronald Isley’s creamy smooth falsetto or killer material like “Footsteps In The Dark”, these guys made more than a passing nod to rock. Exhibit A is that unforgettable endless guitar soloingRead More

Les McCann + Eddie Harris, “Compared To What” (1969): One Track Mind

Ahhhh, Friday night. As R.L. Burnside would say, “I know godd—ed well it’s party time.” But the blues isn’t the only place you’ll find the Good Lord’s name uttered in vain. Thanks to Les McCann, you can also find that commandment broken in a soul-jazz ditty that he made a classic of the vein. That’s right, you old hippies, youRead More

Miles Davis – A Tribute To Jack Johnson (1970)

By S. Victor Aaron The successful jazz-rock experiments Miles Davis oversaw in 1969 with the one-two punch of In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew were plenty enough to forever put his mark on the genre and was even good enough for his induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame. But the restless jazz legend felt he wasRead More

Brian Blade Fellowship – Perceptual (2000)

by Pico When the phrase “jazz musician from Louisiana” is thrown out, thoughts of New Orleans immediately spring to mind. And while it’s true that NOLA is the state’s, natch, the region’s jazz hub, you can find a few from Up North over in Nick’s neck of the woods who have met success. Take, for example, Shreveport native Brian Blade.Read More

One Track Mind: Henry Threadgill, "I Can’t Wait To Get Home" (1987)

This week’s single song review shines a light on avant-jazz composer/flautist/altoist Henry Threadgill. A part of the seventies whack jazz movement that brought us such lunimaries as Julius Hemphill, David Murray and the Art Ensemble of Chicaco, Threadgill was one third of the modern creative ensemble Air with bassist Fred Hopkins and percussionist Steve McCall until they called it quitsRead More

Charlie Hunter – Charlie Hunter (2000)

by Pico From Stanton Moore we make a short hop to his Garage A Trois bandmate Charlie Hunter. Even among eccentric acid-jazz musicians, Hunter stands out. First of all, for all the soul-jazz, funk and world fusion he paints on his canvas, he is a bop man at heart; most of his records will even feature a Mingus or Monk-typeRead More