Something Else!

Pat Martino – Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery (2006)

Here are a couple of stories. One is amazing and funny. The other is just amazing.

Tony Jones – Pitch, Rhythm and Consciousness (2011)

I’m a sucker for odd instrumentations, which is one of the reasons why I’m drawn to progressive and whack jazz. Listening to strange timbres that come from instruments coming together that aren’t usually combined tends to perk my ears up, trying to solve the puzzle of the sonic conundrum. It helps when the players put it together in a stimulatingRead More

Metallica – St. Anger (2003): On Second Thought

Metallica – St. Anger (2003): On Second Thought

At first, I was lamenting the death of a band I grew up with, reeling from hearing that horrible snare Lars is using, making fun of James Hetfield’s weak singing, poking at the plodding rhythms and overlong songs.

Bill Dixon – Bill Dixon with the Exploding Star Orchestra (2008)

I had this discussion about jazz with a friend of mine once. He really couldn’t deal the sound of a full-bore, large-scale ensemble

One Track Mind: Timothy B. Schmit, "Friday Night" (2011)

It’s like we never left Laurel Canyon. “Friday Night,” a newly issued single from Timothy B. Schmit’s most recent solo release Expando, is deliriously retro

Schoolyard Heroes – The Funeral Sciences (2004)

When I saw titles like “All-You-Can-Eat Cancer” and “Bury the Tooth of the Hydra and a Skeleton Army Will Arise,” I knew I was in for something at least interesting.

The Friday Morning Listen: Tori Amos – Crucify EP (1992)

Right about this time every year, somebody steps on the accelerator and we rocket toward the new year. The holidays can be quite hectic, which I’m pretty sure adds to that feeling of the uncontrolled passage of time.

One Track Mind: David Byrne, "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)" (2011)

David Byrne does some intriguing new things with this live update of “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody),” from the Talking Heads’ 1983 release Speaking in Tongues.

Patti Scialfa – 23rd Street Lullaby (2004)

There’s an argument I like to use when ‘defending’ music. It goes something like this: any particular piece of music (song or album) exists independent of its surroundings.

Ramsey Lewis, jazz legend: Something Else! Interview

Ramsey Lewis, jazz legend: Something Else! Interview

Ramsey Lewis discusses his signature hit “The ‘In’ Crowd,” and a breakthrough collaborative moment with Earth Wind and Fire.