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Jimmie Smith – Live in Music City: Jimmie Smith Plays Jimmy Smith (2018)

Jimmie Smith – Live in Music City: Jimmie Smith Plays Jimmy Smith (2018)

Created as a tribute to one of jazz’s organ masters, ‘Live in Music City’ instead ends up showcasing the promise and potential of Jimmie Smith.

John Mellencamp’s Dark, Down-Home Life, Death, Love and Freedom Still Resonates

John Mellencamp’s Dark, Down-Home Life, Death, Love and Freedom Still Resonates

Ten years ago, John Mellencamp confirmed a late-career renaissance with the T Bone Burnett-produced ‘Life, Death, Love and Freedom.’

Chicago, “Takin’ It On Uptown” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Takin’ It On Uptown” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s “Takin’ It On Uptown,” the last Terry Kath song released in his lifetime, is a nod to idol Jimi Hendrix – and so much more.

Connie Han, “Crime Zone” from Crime Zone (2018): Something Else! premiere

Connie Han, “Crime Zone” from Crime Zone (2018): Something Else! premiere

Here is the premiere of “Crime Zone,” the title song from pianist and composer Connie Han’s Mack Avenue Records debut album.

Rich Halley 3 – The Literature (2018)

Rich Halley 3 – The Literature (2018)

You may not necessarily learn a whole lot more about the originators for the songs featured in ‘The Literature,’ but you’re bound to understand Rich Halley a little better. His sweet and spicy artistry uses a lot of quality ingredients.

The Beatles, “Helter Skelter” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Helter Skelter” from The White Album (1968): Deep Beatles

“Helter Skelter” shatters previous stereotypes of the Beatles and, in turn, reveals the future of rock music.

Yes, “Evensong / Take the Water to the Mountain” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Yes, “Evensong / Take the Water to the Mountain” from Union (1991): YESterdays

Like the majority of the Jonathan Elias-produced tracks on Yes’ ‘Union,’ these tracks might have been great if different choices had been made.

Steve Porcaro on Toto’s 2018 U.S. Tour, New Music and the ‘Horror’ of Singing

Steve Porcaro on Toto’s 2018 U.S. Tour, New Music and the ‘Horror’ of Singing

Steve Porcaro joins Preston Frazier for a preview of Toto’s next tour dates, and a frank discussion about the challenges of taking over vocals on stage.

Satoko Fujii and Joe Fonda – Mizu (2018)

Satoko Fujii and Joe Fonda – Mizu (2018)

Satoko Fujii’s and Joe Fonda’s ‘Mizu’ shows the deepening musical communion between pianist and bassist, as this disc captures three of their co-composed pieces performed over two nights in Europe.

Redeye, “Games” from Redeye (1970): One Track Mind

Redeye, “Games” from Redeye (1970): One Track Mind

“Games” may sound too close to Crosby Stills Nash and Young to give Redeye a unique identity, but there’s still no denying its appeal.

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