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Chicago, “Loneliness Is Just a Word” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Loneliness Is Just a Word” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Robert Lamm’s sophisticated deep cut recalls a period when Chicago was one of the preeminent jazz-rock ensembles – not just a rock band with horns.

Dave Stryker – Eight Track II (2016)

Dave Stryker – Eight Track II (2016)

As oldies recast in soul-jazz bliss, ‘Eight Track II” is one of those good ideas from Dave Stryker that deserved another go around.

The Dead Daisies – Make Some Noise (2016)

The Dead Daisies – Make Some Noise (2016)

Now featuring one-time Motley Crue frontman John Corabi, the Dead Daisies may have found their best lineup on their third record.

Armando Perez, of Esso Afrojam Funkbeat: Something Else! Interview

Armando Perez, of Esso Afrojam Funkbeat: Something Else! Interview

Armando Perez discusses the new project by the Chicago-based funk band Esso Afrojam Funkbeat, and how the issues facing immigrants shape their work.

Forebrace – Steeped (2016)

Forebrace – Steeped (2016)

Forebrace’s ‘Steeped’ captures the essence of live performance with a sense of atmosphere, the odd tweak and squeak – everything which makes live music good.

Wicked Realm, Aug. 26, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Wicked Realm, Aug. 26, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Wicked Realm should be proud that they can make these songs come alive. Prouder still should be Milwaukee for being able to call them our own.

Toto, “Angel Don’t Cry” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Angel Don’t Cry” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

“Angel Don’t Cry” should have been the leadoff single from 1984’s ‘Isolation,’ showcasing Toto’s new lead singer.

Donny McCaslin – Beyond Now (2016)

Donny McCaslin – Beyond Now (2016)

Donny McCaslin’s ‘Beyond Now’ is an astonishing show of talent and indefinable music which crosses boundaries and merges them – yet retains his jazz influences.

Yes, Aug. 21, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Yes, Aug. 21, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

The night was a success. The concert had been enthusiastically received. But was it Yes?

Chicago, “Sing a Mean Tune Kid” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Sing a Mean Tune Kid” from Chicago III (1971): Saturdays in the Park

The only downside on Chicago’s “Sing a Mean Tune Kid” is its abrupt ending. But I guess I shouldn’t be too greedy.