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One Track Mind: Lindsey Buckingham, "Not Too Late" (2006)

While just about everyone else who critiques music have already trotted out their “Best of 2006” lists, I’m still going through many of these releases for the first time (I might work faster if I got paid better). One of last year’s servings that I finally gave a listen to was a rare one by a key member of oneRead More

Jean-Luc Ponty – Mystical Adventures/ Individual Choice (1982/1983)

by S. Victor Aaron When I initally got into fusion jazz in the mid to late seventies, Jean-Luc Ponty was one of the first artists I became a fan of, and I still dig his music today. He’s been an enduring figure on the scene, having been recording for over forty years with the large majority of his output fallingRead More

Alice Coltrane (1937-2007) and Michael Brecker (1949-2007): An Appreciation

by S. Victor Aaron The jazz world took a double whammy over the weekend as Alice Coltrane and Michael Brecker passed away. Both of these artists were among my favorites, and like many of others, I’ll miss them and the major contributions they’ve made to the art form. Alice Coltrane was already an accomplished bop pianist when married John ColtraneRead More

One Track Mind: Michael McDonald "Tuesday Heartbreak" (2004)

by S. Victor Aaron Earlier in the week we paid homage to the Doobie Brothers, Tom Johnston version. If you’re the kind of person who thinks “What A Fool Believe” is superior to “Long Train Runnin’” or prefer One Step Closer over Stampede, well then, consider this installment of OTM a concession to you. Because we’re about to lay someRead More

Half Notes: 'Til Tuesday – Welcome Home (1986)

by Nick DeRiso The follow up to Aimee Mann’s original band Til Tuesday’s debut (which had the new-wavy hit “Voices Carry”). A very brave record in that the guys came out folky, when all they had to do was stick with the sleek pop of the day and cash the checks. Showed that Mann had the guts to stick aroundRead More

One Track Mind: Nick Cave, "The Lyre of Orpheus" (2004)

by Pico I finally got around to listening to Tom Waits’ sprawling odds-and-ends collection Orphans and it occurred to me that Australian-born/England-residing singer-songwriter Nick Cave has a lot of similarities to Waits. Both have scary sounding voices (Waits a whiskey-scarred growl and Cave a deep baritone), write detailed narratives delving in frequently dark themes like death, love and religion, oftenRead More

Deep Cuts: Herbie Hancock, "Elegy" (1994)

by Nick DeRiso “Elegy” begins with a trill from Herbie Hancock, then a persistent, oh-so distinctive tapping that could only be drummer Tony Williams. Next, a nimble, casually funky bass line from Ron Carter. Like a dream made real, Miles Davis’ second great group — with Wallace Roney stepping in for the fallen trumpeter — steps out of the shadowsRead More

The Who – Endless Wire (2006)

In the brilliant, circular overture of synthesizer and riff that opens 2006’s “Endless Wire” we find a triumph for what’s left of the Who. “Fragment,” as a tune, is everything this band should have been doing instead of slowly but surely turning itself into a too-old streetwalker with its faded party hat on crooked. It’s simultaneously familiar, yet utterly newRead More

One Track Mind: Otomo Yoshihide’s New Jazz Orchestra, "Gazzelloni" (2005)

by S. Victor Aaron Tokyo-based whack jazz guitarist, turntablist, composer, arranger and knob twiddler Otomo Yoshihide has been called the John Zorn of Japan for his love of combining experimental sounds with avant-garde jazz. And to my ears, there’s not much there to dispute the comparison, for better or for worse. His fascination with sine waves can be mind expandingRead More

One Track Mind: Koko Taylor, "Merry, Merry Christmas" (1992)

by Pico This week’s choice for OTM was dictated by two considerations: it needed to have a holiday theme and if it could augment the spirit of Something Else’s blues side, so much the better. With potentially so many Christmas albums to comb through, I soon honed in on Alligator Record’s fine 1992 blues-themed holiday compilation The Alligator Records ChristmasRead More