Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

One Track Mind: Jamiroquai "Seven Days In Sunny June" (2005)

By Pico The 98% of my friends who don’t share my love for whack jazz really seemed to dig last week’s OTM “Summer Breeze” by the Isley’s. In hopes of keeping them coming back here at least occasionally—as well keeping the summer vibe going—I’m going to put forth a song that posseses that same kind of laid back groove asRead More

Paul Motian Trio 2000 + 2: Live At The Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron When you put the words “Paul Motian” and “Live At The Village Vanguard” together, most jazz fans can’t help but to think of of the time this legendary drummer played at that very venue one magical Sunday in June, 1961. But there were many other enchanted moments spent there by Motian, including a couple of datesRead More

The Nels Cline Singers, Draw Breath (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron Now that Rolling Stone magazine has recently anointed him a “guitar god,” cutting edge guitarist Nels Cline has progressed far beyond his minor icon status of the 1990’s in the Los Angeles experimental music scene to become something of a known quantity among followers of progressive-minded electric guitarists like Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, James “Blood” UlmerRead More

Art Pepper – Unreleased Art, Vol. II: The Last Concert May 30, 1982 (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron There’s often a certain poignancy inherent in the last recordings of great musicians, and last October we examined notable final recordings of such jazz legends such as Bill Evans, Clifford Brown and John Coltrane. In that article, Goin’ Home by alto saxophonist Art Pepper was cited as a notable, delightful coda to a career that sawRead More

Sam Yahel/Joshua Redman/Brian Blade – Yaya3 (2002)

by Pico With the release last month of Truth And Beauty by jazz organ wunderkind Sam Yahel, we find a maturing talent finding his own voice in the crowded field of Hammond B-3 players. But how does Yahel sound when he’s just jammin’ with the boys? The same boys found on Truth And Beauty, in fact? There is such aRead More

Various Artists – Freeway Jam, To Beck And Back (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron Maybe Nick’s covered a couple of “various artists” albums on this blog, I don’t remember. But until now, I’ve stayed away from them. It’s hard to assess these kind of albums as a whole, when there’s so many styles and approaches coexisting on the same record. Usually these records have more the feel of a collectionRead More

Something Else! Interview: Emerging jazz star Sam Yahel

by S. Victor Aaron Whether it’s for gigging with Joshua Redman, opening for Steely Dan, sessioning with Norah Jones or forging a new approach to the jazz organ, Sam Yahel deserves your notice. Find out what sets Yahel apart from other Hammond B-3 players and get his insights on why his just-released CD ‘Truth And Beauty’ isn’t just for jazzRead More

One Track Mind: Charlie Musselwhite "Church Is Out" (2007)

by Pico Wow, I nearly missed this one. For years now, I’ve been a fan of the man from Memphis for his undiluted brand of deeply rooted electric blues and for his harmonica that currently has no peer with the recent passing of Carey Bell. After Musselwhite’s highly acclaimed Sanctuary from 2004 was somehow not connecting with me, I tookRead More

John McLaughlin/ Jaco Pastorius/ Tony Williams – Trio Of Doom (2007)

by Pico A band made up of the godfather of fusion guitar, the undisputed greatest innovator of the electric bass guitar and the best drummer of them all is a fusion jazz dream. And for the very briefest of time, John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius and Tony Williams formed a power trio to top all power trios. One that Jaco coinedRead More

One Track Mind: Little River Band, "Happy Anniversary" (1977)

by Pico Honest, we didn’t intend it this way, but it has become 70’s & 80’s Classic Rock Week here at Something Else! Sure, there was a little jazz organ and Louisiana legend thrown in for variety, but at this time last week you couldn’t tell me that our high and mighty little slice of the blogosphere would feature Journey,Read More

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