Brian Blade begins with a quiet pulse on “He Died Fighting,” setting the stage for an appropriately militaristic opening statement. But as the rest of his long-standing Fellowship Band gathers around, the track opens up into a vista of astonishing emotional complexity.
Olias of Sunhillow, Jon Anderson’s utterly unique 1976 solo debut, was always meant to be listened to completely — and at very high volumes. With its fantastical storylines (a flaxen hero, the promise of a better day, some seriously weird outer space stuff) and enveloping soundscapes, the former Yes frontman created a rich and rewarding world unto itself.
Rickie Lee Jones has produced a series of stellar albums (including her self-titled debut, Pirates and The Magazine, among others) and more than one head shaker (the dismal album Pop Pop and 2009’s Ben Harper train wreck The Devil You Know). Perhaps one of the commonalities regarding her great albums is the use of strong, yet empathetic, producers. Jones’ betterRead More
A previously unreleased trio recording from Pat Martino provides new insight both into his obvious debt to Wes Montgomery and Grant Green — but also how his burning, blinding speed outstripped anything those old masters ever attempted, even as the guitarist opened a door for fusion’s looming ferocity.
The museful accordion of Garth Hudson on Rick Danko’s “New Mexicoe” heralds not just an important partial reunion for the post-Robbie Robertson Band, but one of the most notable lost gems from their combined solo careers.
Don Airey, who had a vibrant career of his own prior to Deep Purple, has provided a ringing farewell for his old bandmate Gary Moore — with a final assist from the too-soon-gone guitarist himself.
Founded 1962 in St. Albans, England, the Zombies starred the remarkable talents of lead singer Colin Blunstone, guitarist Paul Atkinson, bassist Chris White, keyboardist Rod Argent, and drummer Hugh Grundy.
Noah Baerman plays piano, organ, slide guitar and sings a little. He leads a trio, a chamber octet, a duet, a quartet of singers, a two-sax/vibes quintet, and an assortment of combinations of these ensembles. He composes for every shade of jazz from greasy soul-jazz to Third Stream. And he does this all within one album.
‘If I never do it again, that’s OK’: Adrian Belew dives into ProjeKCt work, with no King Crimson regrets
The Crimson ProjeKCt, a Robert Fripp-approved King Crimson offshoot group, begins its new tour today in Tel Aviv — even as the mothership band is set to restart featuring two of the ProjeKCt’s stalwart members.
The few times I’ve ever offered up any of my WTF?! Wednesday material to co-workers, the response invariably involves a crinkled up face and a head shake. This is often followed by a comment along the lines of “That…is not music.”