Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

New Orleans bids farewell to Alvin Batiste

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS — Musicians in white shirts and black pants led a hearse carrying the body of clarinetist Alvin Batiste through the streets of New Orleans on Saturday, and hundreds of mourners attached themselves to the jazz funeral honoring one of the city’s most revered musicians. In the morning, crowds lined up to pay homage to the jazz pioneer,Read More

One Track Mind: Funkadelic "Maggot Brain" (1971)

Next to Sly and the Family Stone and James Brown there might not be another act as influential to funk music than P-Funk, the shorthand name for George Clinton’s twin ensembles Parliament (horns) and Funkadelic (no horns). In fact, they were cited in my last OTM as an influence to Jamiroquai, but they’re likely to have directly or indirectly inspiredRead More

Robin Eubanks & EB3 – Live, Vol. 1 (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron Since the mid-sixties, jazz musicians have sought to combine electronic instruments with jazz to create something new and fresh sounding. The most obvious result of this mix is called fusion, but others have managed to do it taking different approaches that uses these instruments to actually expand their musicianship, instead of watering it down. The latestRead More

One Track Mind: Jamiroquai, "Just Another Story" (1994)

by Pico When I was trying to come up with a list of guilty pleasures for my recent confession piece, there were a few more entries I considered adding. But in the end, these acts had just a bit too much integrity in their music to justify such a dubious distinction. One of those is that retro jazz-funk-pop outfit Jamiroquai.Read More

Joe Henderson – Power To The People (1969)

It’s hard to delve too much into 1960s jazz without coming across tenorman’s Joe Henderson’s name both as a leader and a sideman. And although I’ve managed to avoid devoting this space for a full fledged review of a selection out his rich catalog until now, he’s gotten plenty of mention from me. He was there on pivotal jazz releasesRead More

One Track Mind: Allan Holdsworth, "The Drums Were Yellow" (2000)

photo: Genevieve Ruocco Of all the rock or fusion guitarists out there, there’s none out there who possesses the most pleasing tone, amazing technique and exceptional phrasing all wrapped up into one than the Brit Allan Holdsworth. He’s is a guitarist’s guitarist, having influenced everyone from Eddie Van Halen to Greg Howe. Holdsworth had been a journeyman for many years,Read More

Guilty pleasures: Gino Vannelli, Michael Franks, Hall & Oates, Jeff Lorber

by S. Victor Aaron Guilty pleasures. Admit it, we’ve all got ’em when it comes to music. For some time, now, I’ve been meaning to put a list together for everyone’s amusement. I was reminded of that half-serious promise I made to myself when I came across Rolling Stone Magazine’s back-handed compliment piece listing 25 “undisputed” guilty pleasure bands. Yeah,Read More

Chicago, “A Hit By Varèse” from Chicago V (1972): Deep Cuts

Chicago, “A Hit By Varèse” from Chicago V (1972): Deep Cuts

Fewer bands in rock have been more unjustly maligned than Chicago. Now, I’m no fan of the David Foster years, but being responsible for some of the shlockiest pop of that era doesn’t diminish the more innovative and ambitious output of the seventies, especially those first five albums.

One Track Mind: Anders Osborne "Boxes, Bills and Pain" (1999)

by Pico One of the coolest things about being a music fan is that no matter how much music you’ve already listened to, you can always discover great new talent that will sound fresh and exciting to your ears. Even if the talent has been around a while and is only “new” to you. Recently, I’ve been exploring the musicRead More

Herbie Hancock – Fat Albert Rotunda (1969)

The period in Herbie Hancock’s work between the landmark Maiden Voyage of 1965 and the funk-jazz classic Head Hunters eight years later contains some of Hancock’s least understood and most overlooked recordings of his career. It took quite a voyage to get from “Dolphin Dance” to “Chameleon” and as is often said, the journey itself is often more interesting thanRead More