· Nick’s note: Tony Joe White, of “Poke Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia” fame, played the most recent New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival — just months after issuing a well-received new CD in late 2006. Eight years in the making, “Uncovered” included seven new cuts as well as reworked versions of “Rainy Night in Georgia,” “Taking theRead More
Something Else! Interviews
Funky and tough, the Jazz Messengers were, until the very end, a group best heard blasting away on stage as vital, hard bop pioneers. That made this the definitive late-period release from Art Blakey. “Art Collection” features two celebrated tracks with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, as well as one with Bobby Watson and Wynton Marsalis, and another with long-tenured tenorRead More
NICK DERISO: Charmaine Neville – yes, she’s one of those Nevilles – didn’t want to be a singer. She wanted to tell jokes. Convinced to go another way, Neville initially split the difference. She sang funny songs. “When I was a kid, when ‘The Flintstones’ would come on TV, I never watched the show,” she said, “I just wanted toRead More
The concert had been over for hours, forever. But B.B. King was just getting started.
A little more than a month ago I covered a self-released album by a Vancouver, British Columbia-based jazz-pop vocalist by the name of Heidi McCurdy. Heidi’s music is a prime example of the great singing and composing talent out there still unsigned and undiscovered by a record company. Fickle Mind is a fine document of such talent, a document thatRead More
Public Broadcasting always delves into its musical archives, come pledge-drive time, and this week was no different. The local station presented an edited version of “The Concert for Bangaladesh,” the early 1970s proto-benefit show organized by Beatle buddy and future Wilbury bandmate George Harrison – and it was a special moment for Bob Dylan fans. Not just because this wouldRead More
It’s hard to put a label on Aaron Neville’s music. Even, as we saw in this interview, for Aaron Neville himself.
The late Louisiana blues legend Gatemouth Brown could be a grouchy man. How grouchy? Let’s find out.