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‘Some of it was a little bit overblown’: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on prog rock’s ups and downs

‘Some of it was a little bit overblown’: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on prog rock’s ups and downs

Anderson says he and contemporaries in ELP and Yes were often just showing off.

Jonathan Rowden Group – Becoming (2014)

Jonathan Rowden Group – Becoming (2014)

There’s a spiritual unity uncommon in much of jazz today, and even rarer in a debut album.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Your Gold Teeth II (instrumental demo)” (1975)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Your Gold Teeth II (instrumental demo)” (1975)

Here’s why Jeff Porcaro was a favorite among Steely Dan’s many drummers.

Louise Goffin – Song from the Mine (2014)

Louise Goffin – Song from the Mine (2014)

The daughter of Carole King and the late Gerry Goffin shines on her own.

On Second Thought: Grateful Dead – Dave’s Picks, Volume 1 (2012)

On Second Thought: Grateful Dead – Dave’s Picks, Volume 1 (2012)

Brimming with power and grace, this has become a treasured collector’s item.

One Track Mind: Peter Himmelman, “Too Afraid to Lose” from The Boat That Carries Us (2014)

One Track Mind: Peter Himmelman, “Too Afraid to Lose” from The Boat That Carries Us (2014)

Himmelman moves away from specificity, and into something far more resonant.

Forgotten series: Warlock – Triumph and Agony (1987)

Forgotten series: Warlock – Triumph and Agony (1987)

It was fast, heavy — and on occasion, gnarly and ugly, as metal should be.

Henry Kaiser (Yo Miles!) and Scott Amendola (Nels Cline Singers) plan a live-in-the-studio improv record together

Henry Kaiser (Yo Miles!) and Scott Amendola (Nels Cline Singers) plan a live-in-the-studio improv record together

Two Bay Area pacesetters of improvised and avant-garde music will soon join forces.

Gimme Five: Things the Music Industry Can Learn from ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

Gimme Five: Things the Music Industry Can Learn from ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

A number of important lessons emerge from “Weird Al” Yankovic’s new triumph.

Nicholas Payton – Numbers (2014)

Nicholas Payton – Numbers (2014)

‘Numbers’ coolly delivers Payton’s message of natural flow. It’s funky-good, angular vibe jazz.