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One Track Mind: Joe Lovano, "Central Park West" (1991)

by S. Victor Aaron Strange as this might sound, listening to Joe Lovano’s rendition of this 1960 Coltrane original makes me think of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”. Hendrix’s “Wing” was a relatively brief and initially largely unnoticed track in it’s original form, but in someone else’s hands…Clapton’s…it became a more majestic theme and a form of tribute for it’s composer.Read More

A Louisiana celebration of John Lennon

by Nick DeRiso John Lennon was a bundle of contradictions, both peacenik provocateur and tender tough guy. He lived a life that was simultaneously brash and vulnerable, easy going and hard eyed. A flower child who was viciously murdered, Lennon’s story — and, indeed, his art — took twists and turns, made fits and starts, until the very end. ForRead More

Gimme Five: Jazz’s greatest last recordings

“Thank you very much, you make me feel so wonderful. It’s been a pleasure being here but I really must go now, it’s so hot.” Clifford Brown at the end of his final performance, June 25, 1956 Jazz history is full of personal tragedies; so many of the greats who for various reasons, left us far too soon. For someRead More

Pat Martino, “Sunny” (1972): One Track Mind

You’ve seen it many times before and probably joined the fray a time or two. I’m talking about that never-ending debate on “Who is the greatest guitarist of all time?” Man, there’s so many outstanding ones out there with so many different styles, how can you choose? I sure as heck won’t, but the one that makes me shake myRead More

Rory Block – The Lady And Mr. Johnson (2006)

by S. Victor Aaron With so many women blues singers patterning themselves after Bessie Smith or Koko Taylor, Rory Block is one of the rare ones in modern times (aside from the late Jo-Ann Kelly) who is more inspired by the bluesmen of pre-War blues, like Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and former mentor Mississippi John Hurt. And with her suppleRead More

One Track Mind: Little Feat, "Spanish Moon (Live)" (2000)

by Pico So I was listening to this tune off of Hotcakes and Outtakes the other day on the Pico ‘Pod and ohmygawd it hit me: this blog has never respresented for Little Feat before! After all, we did promise to deliver musical musings in the realm of blues, rock and baby-boomer rock with a nod toward our Louisiana homeland,Read More

Forgotten series: The Banana Splits (1968)

by Pico Most everyone’s first exposure to jazz from about 1965 on has come from Vince Guaraldi’s kick butt soundtrack music to the Peanuts television specials. But rock? Well that depends on when you grew up and what was permeating the radio and tv (or at least children’s tv) at that time. My earliest memories date back to the lateRead More

Boz Scaggs + Duane Allman, “Loan Me A Dime: (1969): One Track Mind

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the blue-eyed soul singer responsible for such sophisticated dance classics like “Lido Shuffle” and “Jojo” during the age of disco came from some pretty organic beginnings. Boz Scaggs left the Steve Miller Blues Band in 1968 and set out to become a star in his own right. His self-titled first effort toward that goalRead More

Pat Metheny Group – Offramp/ First Circle (1982/1984)

Whenever you examine a great band that’s been going on as long as The Pat Metheny Group has, you can usually look back and find a period where they reached a crucial turning point in their development. They found some initial success with their original sound but after a few years felt themselves growing stale and before the public startedRead More

Build An Ark – Peace With Every Step (2003)

by Pico There’s a good reason why we’re looking at this record on this day. In the wake of the tragic events of September, 11, 2001 and it’s aftermath, L.A. producer Carlos Nino cobbled together a collective of about 20 local area musicians he named Build An Ark with the intent of spreading a message of peace, love and harmonyRead More