Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

George Benson – The Other Side Of Abbey Road (1969)

by S. Victor Aaron I was trying to get mentally prepared to actually describe a Charlie Hunter record when on a whim I decided to cue up GB’s The Other Side Of Abbey Road. That got me to thinking about Nick’s piece on the best Beatle remakes (hey Nick, I forgot one: Stevie Wonder’s sizzling 1970 version of “We CanRead More

Forgotten series: The Sensational Guitars of Dan & Dale, "Batman & Robin" (1966)

by S. Victor Aaron So you’re looking at the album cover just to the left and guessing that it’s a vintage children’s record intended to cash in on the hit mid-sixties series starring Adam West and you would be right. But there was no such band as “The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale”.

Deep Cuts: The Rolling Stones, "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" (1970)

by S. Victor Aaron The critics all declare Exile On Main Street to be The Rolling Stones’ magnum opus. Yeah, it’s a great album alright but for my money, I’ll take the one right before it, Sticky Fingers, anyday. From the sass of “Brown Sugar” to the gentle country of “Wild Horses” the record is mostly a merry celebration ofRead More

Otis Taylor – Below The Fold (2005)

by S. Victor Aaron Most bluesmen sing the blues with sadness, resignation or even celebration. Not Otis Taylor. He’s got the blues and he’s pissed about it.

Miles Davis – The Complete ‘In A Silent Way’ Sessions (1968-69)

Miles Davis – The Complete ‘In A Silent Way’ Sessions (1968-69)

‘In a Silent Way’ is the demarcation line between Miles Davis’ acoustic, straight-jazz era and the electric jazz-rock fusion sound to come.

Pharoah Sanders – Journey To The One (1980)

By S. Victor Aaron When Nick’s article on that badass Idris Muhammed started name-checking all the jazz heavyweights that this great dummer had been associated with, I then realized how many records with his imprint that are among some of my all time favorites. It would easy to launch into a gush-fest over John Scofield’s Groove Elation, but Sco’ hasRead More

Gimme Five: Overlooked jazz guitar recordings by Emily Remler, Larry Coryell, Pat Martino, Danny Gatton, John McLaughlin

by S. Victor Aaron My look at jazz guitar records that didn’t get their due.

Gimme Five: Overlooked jazz piano recordings by Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck

We already did piano men, but they were all by underrecognized artists. Now, it’s time to look at albums by the big names that didn’t get the kudos of their better known companions, but should have:

Eric Bibb – Good Stuff (1997)

by S. Victor Aaron Son of little-known folk singer Leon Bibb, Eric Bibb grew up listening and meeting musicians like Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan — and his uncle, pianist and composer John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Eric has become more of a name in folk and blues circles in Europe and released his first album there inRead More

Gimme Five: Jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson

On June 30, 2001, tenor saxophonist great Joe Henderson passed away. Among one of the giants in a crowded field of post-bop saxmen who sprang up in the fifities and sixties, Henderson nonetheless never got his due until nearly a quarter century after his superb 1963 debut Page One.