Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

Laura Nyro – Live at the Bottom Line (1988)

by S. Victor Aaron Ever put in a CD for the first time not expecting any fireworks from the music contained within and find yourself surprisingly blown away by it? That’s how it was for me the first time I listened to Laura Nyro’s Laura: Live At The Bottom Line. Now, my expectations weren’t low because I had some lukewarmRead More

One Track Mind: Papa Mali & The Instagators, "Man Of Many Words"

by Pico It was a tough call to make: do I pimp Papa Mali’s entire 1999 release Thunder Chicken or just quickly gush over just one of the tracks? There’s certainly enough tasty bits in Chicken to justify the full unpaid advertisement (and come to think of it, I already wrote the first review of it in Amazon more thanRead More

Freddie Hubbard – Red Clay (1970)

Whenever the topic of discussion is a major work of early jazz fusion led by a trumpeter who’s already of renown in the straight jazz arena, most anybody would immediately think of the Prince Of Darkness. But Miles wasn’t the only cat on the horn making the successful transition from acoustic to electric jazz without loss of integrity. Before hisRead More

One Track Mind: Nels Cline, "Compulsion" (2006)

by S. Victor Aaron Heavy metal is not the kind of music I get into that much, but combine it with avant garde jazz and it’s often a whole ‘nother story. Caspar Brotzmann, The Scorch Trio, parts of The Vandermark 5; these guys have a way of making two seemingly incompatible worlds collide but the two genres are probably closerRead More

Aaron Neville – Bring It On Home, The Soul Classics (2006)

When certain major events…tragic events..take place, we often look to see how certain mucisians express their feelings about it and if it coincides with our own feelings or informs them, then that artist has delivered something special beyond mere entertainment. Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising was so heavily anticipated because he is widely acclaimed as a musician who can really speakRead More

One Track Mind: Joe Lovano, "Central Park West" (1991)

by S. Victor Aaron Strange as this might sound, listening to Joe Lovano’s rendition of this 1960 Coltrane original makes me think of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”. Hendrix’s “Wing” was a relatively brief and initially largely unnoticed track in it’s original form, but in someone else’s hands…Clapton’s…it became a more majestic theme and a form of tribute for it’s composer.Read More

Gimme Five: Jazz’s greatest last recordings

“Thank you very much, you make me feel so wonderful. It’s been a pleasure being here but I really must go now, it’s so hot.” Clifford Brown at the end of his final performance, June 25, 1956 Jazz history is full of personal tragedies; so many of the greats who for various reasons, left us far too soon. For someRead More

Pat Martino, “Sunny” (1972): One Track Mind

You’ve seen it many times before and probably joined the fray a time or two. I’m talking about that never-ending debate on “Who is the greatest guitarist of all time?” Man, there’s so many outstanding ones out there with so many different styles, how can you choose? I sure as heck won’t, but the one that makes me shake myRead More

Rory Block – The Lady And Mr. Johnson (2006)

by S. Victor Aaron With so many women blues singers patterning themselves after Bessie Smith or Koko Taylor, Rory Block is one of the rare ones in modern times (aside from the late Jo-Ann Kelly) who is more inspired by the bluesmen of pre-War blues, like Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and former mentor Mississippi John Hurt. And with her suppleRead More

One Track Mind: Little Feat, "Spanish Moon (Live)" (2000)

by Pico So I was listening to this tune off of Hotcakes and Outtakes the other day on the Pico ‘Pod and ohmygawd it hit me: this blog has never respresented for Little Feat before! After all, we did promise to deliver musical musings in the realm of blues, rock and baby-boomer rock with a nod toward our Louisiana homeland,Read More