Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

Evil Genius – Experiments On Human Subjects (2018)

Evil Genius – Experiments On Human Subjects (2018)

‘Experiments On Human Subjects’ is artful haymaking from Evil Genius. The tuba is having more fun than is probably legally allowed and if you’re predisposed for adventurous listening, you’ll have illegal fun too.

Carl Weingarten – This Is Where I Found You (2018)

Carl Weingarten – This Is Where I Found You (2018)

‘This Is Where I Found You’ finds Carl Weingarten in a very good spot, musically speaking. With ample support and positivity oozing from his songs, Weingarten’s velvety revolution continues.

Walter Becker, “Three Sisters Shakin'” (circa 1992): Steely Dan Sunday

Walter Becker, “Three Sisters Shakin'” (circa 1992): Steely Dan Sunday

The one silver lining to come from the tragic loss of Walter Becker is that we’ve now seen a steady stream of officially released goodies from his vault.

Daniel Carter, William Parker, Matthew Shipp – Seraphic Light, Live at Tufts University (2018)

Daniel Carter, William Parker, Matthew Shipp – Seraphic Light, Live at Tufts University (2018)

‘Seraphic Light’ is the kind of musical togetherness that can only happen with a great deal of time-tested rapport and virtuosity.

Gong Expresso – Decadence (2018)

Gong Expresso – Decadence (2018)

Gong Expresso’s ‘Decadence’ is exactly the kind of album fans of the jazzier side of the Gong family must have been hoping for.

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Awase (2018)

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Awase (2018)

It’s a somewhat revamped Ronin, but Nik Bärtsch saw opportunity with those changes and exploited them. ‘Awase’ can move both your mind and your soul but the deceptively fresh approach it takes to get under the skin like that is the brilliance of Bärtsch and his Ronin quartet.

Mike Zito – First Class Life (2018)

Mike Zito – First Class Life (2018)

To Mike Zito, ‘First Class Life’ is taking joy in the place he finds himself in. For the rest of us, it’s just first class blues.

Michael Franks – The Music In My Head (2018)

Michael Franks – The Music In My Head (2018)

Michael Franks’ ‘The Music In My Head’ continues his forty-five year tradition of delivering comfort music with intellect, wit and grace.

GospelbeacH, “Dreamin'” (2018): One Track Mind

GospelbeacH, “Dreamin'” (2018): One Track Mind

GospelbeacH’s “Dreamin'” is Laurel Canyon all over again. And I love it.

Al Green’s Secular Comeback Was Made Complete With Lay It Down

Al Green’s Secular Comeback Was Made Complete With Lay It Down

Al Green’s return-to-form ‘Lay It Down’ arrived a decade ago this month with new hip-hop producers and a bevy of guest R&B singers – but it was no sell out.

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