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Jeff Parker – The New Breed (2016)

Jeff Parker – The New Breed (2016)

Few are in a better position than Jeff Parker to bring jazz into the 21st century by combining it with 21st century music forms with all the finesse of jazz intact, and he does just that with ‘The New Breed.’

Don Breithaupt, of Monkey House: Something Else! Interview

Don Breithaupt, of Monkey House: Something Else! Interview

If Steely Dan seems like an obvious inspiration for Don Breithaupt’s Monkey House, there’s a reason. He joins Preston Frazier to discuss.

Jackson Taylor and the Sinners – Which Way Is Up (2016)

Jackson Taylor and the Sinners – Which Way Is Up (2016)

Listening to Jackson Taylor’s latest record, one has to wonder if the hell-raising country rocker has reached a crossroads.

The Beatles, “Chains” from Please Please Me (1963): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Chains” from Please Please Me (1963): Deep Beatles

This King and Goffin track typifies the Beatles’ early era, a time when the band was forming their own identity.

Steve Porcaro – Someday / Somehow (2016)

Steve Porcaro – Someday / Somehow (2016)

The sublime ‘Someday/Somehow’ finds Toto co-founder Steve Porcaro at the peak of his considerable powers.

Nick Millevoi – Desertion (2016)

Nick Millevoi – Desertion (2016)

It’s by far the most listenable effort led by Nick Millevoi, but lack of harshness, density and dissonance doesn’t mean the lack of art in ‘Desertion.’

Punky Meadows – Fallen Angel (2016)

Punky Meadows – Fallen Angel (2016)

Any fan of melodic rock will appreciate ‘Fallen Angel,’ even if you’re not familiar with Punky Meadows or his ’70s glam band Angel.

Toto, “We Made It” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “We Made It” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto’s “We Made It” is often overlooked, yet the David Paich/Jeff Porcaro collaboration offers so much more than meets the ear.

The Beatles vs. The Doors: Odd Couples

The Beatles vs. The Doors: Odd Couples

In which the crews of the Yellow Submarine and the Ship of Fools pass in the night.

Harry Beckett – Still Happy (2016)

Harry Beckett – Still Happy (2016)

There are just three tracks on ‘Still Happy,’ but they capture the essence of the late Harry Beckett’s fluent jazz trumpet.