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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.

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016: Marquis Hill, Dave Stryker, Manu Katche + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016: Marquis Hill, Dave Stryker, Manu Katche + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016 list crosses a striking number of musical boundaries from straight-ahead jazz to vocalists to fusion.

The Band’s ‘Christmas Must Be Tonight’ Remains an Unjustly Overlooked Holiday Classic

The Band’s ‘Christmas Must Be Tonight’ Remains an Unjustly Overlooked Holiday Classic

The Band’s perhaps too ambitious “Christmas Must Be Tonight” never became the seasonal favorite it should have been.

Chicago, “This Christmas” from What’s It Gonna Be, Santa (2003): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “This Christmas” from What’s It Gonna Be, Santa (2003): Saturdays in the Park

Earnest and sweet, this update of Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” showcases one of Chicago’s longest tenured non-original members.

Toto, “We Can Make It Tonight” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “We Can Make It Tonight” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s “We Can Make It Tonight” emerged as a terrific showcase for new vocalist Joseph Williams, but something was missing.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017: Better Late Than Never For Yes?

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017: Better Late Than Never For Yes?

With today’s announcement, it would seem the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally saw the light by including Yes – but they’re not off the hook yet.

Ed Toth, drummer with the Doobie Brothers: Something Else! Interview

Ed Toth, drummer with the Doobie Brothers: Something Else! Interview

Ed Toth discusses his time in the Doobie Brothers, as well as earlier work as a former member of the platinum-selling Vertical Horizon.

Chicago, “Little Drummer Boy” from Chicago XXV (1998): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Little Drummer Boy” from Chicago XXV (1998): Saturdays in the Park

Since it arrived on 1998’s ‘Chicago XXV,’ this update of “Little Drummer Boy” has grown to become a personal favorite – and, in my opinion, the definitive version.

Preston Frazier’s Best Reissues and Box Sets of 2016: David Lindley, King Crimson, Kate Bush

Preston Frazier’s Best Reissues and Box Sets of 2016: David Lindley, King Crimson, Kate Bush

Preston Frazier offers his thoughts on the best reissues and box sets from 2016, with two special honorable mentions.

Yes, “Madrigal” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

Yes, “Madrigal” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

“Madrigal” may be the only track on Yes’ disappointing 1978 album ‘Tormato’ which ends too soon.