Appreciations

Walter Becker of Steely Dan (1950-2017): An Appreciation

Walter Becker of Steely Dan (1950-2017): An Appreciation

Walter Becker’s death invites a renewed appreciation of the unique contributions to music by Steely Dan.

What I Learned From Elvis Presley: An Appreciation

What I Learned From Elvis Presley: An Appreciation

As a kid in the ’60s, Elvis Presley’s hit-making era was dim and distant. Blame the Beatles. Blame Oswald. Blame television. But it was true.

Glen Campbell (1936-2017): An Appreciation

Glen Campbell (1936-2017): An Appreciation

I didn’t get decked, and I did ask Glen Campbell to sign my album.

June Foray, Legendary Voice Actor (1917-2017): An Appreciation

June Foray, Legendary Voice Actor (1917-2017): An Appreciation

Mike Tiano remembers June Foray, best known as the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel. She was 99.

Ella Fitzgerald, “Perdido” (1949): Appreciations

Ella Fitzgerald, “Perdido” (1949): Appreciations

“Perdido” was supposed to be a live showcase for Charlie Parker. Then Ella Fitzgerald – who would have been 100 today – stepped up to the mic.

Is This the Best-Ever Prince Cover?

Is This the Best-Ever Prince Cover?

Mark Saleski makes the case for Arto Lindsay’s take on “Erotic City” as the best-ever cover of a Prince song.

Paul O’Neill (1956-2017) of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Something Else! Interview

Paul O’Neill (1956-2017) of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Something Else! Interview

It’s not often that the passing of someone famous really affects me. When I hear about it, I may think, “Man, that’s a shame,” but I quickly move on. Every now and then, though, someone makes

Al Jarreau (1940-2017): Our Essential Playlist

Al Jarreau (1940-2017): Our Essential Playlist

Al Jarreau’s distinctive singing style crossed boundaries, encompassing jazz, pop, R&B, funk, gospel, and even world music.

Alphonse Mouzon (1948-2016): Tribute to an Endlessly Versatile Fusion Legend

Alphonse Mouzon (1948-2016): Tribute to an Endlessly Versatile Fusion Legend

Alphonse Mouzon was a seminal force in the birth of fusion, and also had a notable impact on rock.

Greg Lake (1947-2016): How His Childhood Song ‘Lucky Man’ Got That Crazy Moog Solo

Greg Lake (1947-2016): How His Childhood Song ‘Lucky Man’ Got That Crazy Moog Solo

Greg Lake was recording Emerson Lake and Palmer’s “Lucky Man” alone. Then Keith Emerson returned from the pub – and Lake had an idea.

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