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Joe Cocker stands as the last of the great interpreters: ‘It was stunning’

Joe Cocker stands as the last of the great interpreters: ‘It was stunning’

Dave Mason and Henry McCullough joined us we talk about the impact made by the late Joe Cocker, an instant throwback in the singer-songwriter era.

Larry Carlton, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Larry Carlton, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Top guitar session player Larry Carlton covers “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” with heaping helpings of both skill and sentiment.

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2014 (Hard Rock + Metal): Judas Priest, Down, Alestorm, Grand Magus

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2014 (Hard Rock + Metal): Judas Priest, Down, Alestorm, Grand Magus

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2014 list for hard rock and metal albums includes Judas Priest, Down, Alestorm, Grand Magus, Anti-Mortem and others.

Red Garland Trio, “On Green Dolphin Street” from Swingin’ on the Korner (2015)

Red Garland Trio, “On Green Dolphin Street” from Swingin’ on the Korner (2015)

Red Garland playing “On Green Dolphin Street” with Philly Joe Jones and Leroy Vinnegar? Say no more.

The Waterboys, “Beautiful Now” from Modern Blues (2015): One Track Mind

The Waterboys, “Beautiful Now” from Modern Blues (2015): One Track Mind

The Waterboys have gone through a variety of permutations — both in lineup and in sound — but seem to emerge more interesting each time.

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 (Blues, R&B + Jazz): D’Angelo, Paul Rodgers, Branford Marsalis

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 (Blues, R&B + Jazz): D’Angelo, Paul Rodgers, Branford Marsalis

D’Angelo, Paul Rodgers, Roger Daltrey and Branford Marsalis are included on Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 list for blues, R&B and jazz records.

Butcher Brown, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (2014): One Track Mind

Butcher Brown, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (2014): One Track Mind

If Butcher Brown can make “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” so delectably fonky, they can groove up just about any old tune.

Best Steely Dan keyboard performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Steely Dan keyboard performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Here are Steely Dan’s five best keyboard performances, selected in tandem by our panel of Steely Dan authorities.

Tinsley Ellis, “Pawnbroker [Live]” from Best of Tinsley Ellis (2014): One Track Mind

Tinsley Ellis, “Pawnbroker [Live]” from Best of Tinsley Ellis (2014): One Track Mind

Returning to an expanded live take on ‘Pawnbroker,” it’s as if Tinsley Ellis is coming into his own, right there on stage.

Whitey Morgan – Grandpa’s Guitar (2014)

Whitey Morgan – Grandpa’s Guitar (2014)

Sometimes, as with the title track to Whitey Morgan’s new album ‘Grandpa’s Guitar,’ a song just hits you right where you live.