Post Tagged with: "1990s"

One Track Mind: The Brecker Brothers "Song For Barry" (1992)

One Track Mind: The Brecker Brothers "Song For Barry" (1992)

Such much has been mentioned here about the late, great saxophonist Michael Brecker, but nothing about the group from which he first gained fame from. Michael, of course, wasn’t the only musically talented Brecker; brother Randy was and remains a mighty fine trumpet player in the hard bop tradition. He was also around for some of the critical incubation pointsRead More

Herb Ellis – Texas Swings (1992)

Today, we remember Texas jazz guitarist Herb Ellis, who has passed at 88 in his Los Angeles home after a long bout with Alzheimer’s. Over a career that spanned six decades, Ellis worked with a number of legends, including Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong and in the classic line-up of the acclaimed Oscar Peterson Trio. Here’s one of ourRead More

Books: Mitch Albom – Tuesdays With Morrie (1997)

by Mark Saleski A man discover’s that his old college professor (whom he hasn’t seen in over fifteen years) has contracted Lou Gehrig’s Disease. What happens next is simultaneously inspiring and heartbreaking. Mitch Albom’s account of his weekly meetings with Morrie Schwartz poses many questions about how we chose to spend our time here on earth. Morrie certainly didn’t provideRead More

Jellyfish – Spilt Milk (1993)

Jellyfish – Spilt Milk (1993)

The rock landscape is littered with immensely talented bands who, for some reason or another, never got off the ground. And I’ll bet virtually no one has heard of about 98% of them. The remaining 2% are those whose talent wasn’t recognized until it was too late, or the band suffered a tragedy that brought the group to an untimelyRead More

Thomas Edison 'Brownie' Ford – Stories from Mountains, Swamps, and Honky-tonks (1991)

Thomas Edison 'Brownie' Ford – Stories from Mountains, Swamps, and Honky-tonks (1991)

by Nick DeRiso  This is an updated excerpt from a multi-artist piece I had published as part of the statewide Louisiana Folklife Festival’s program book in 1995. Born in 1904, Thomas Edison “Brownie” Ford would travel all over the Deep South — working as a ballad singer, bronc buster, storyteller and craftsman — before settling in Hebert, La. He passedRead More

Jesse ‘Baby Face’ Thomas (1911-1995): An Appreciation

Jesse ‘Baby Face’ Thomas (1911-1995): An Appreciation

This is an updated excerpt from a multi-artist piece I had published as part of the statewide Louisiana Folklife Festival’s program book in 1995. Thomas suffered a fatal heart attack later that same year, in his hometown of Shreveport, La., ending a career that spanned seven decades: On his old records, Jesse “Baby Face” Thomas is a whispering recollection ofRead More

Randy Weston – The Spirits of Our Ancestors (1992)

Randy Weston – The Spirits of Our Ancestors (1992)

NICK DERISO: “The Spirits of Our Ancestors,” pianist Randy Weston’s vibrant exploration of the African roots within jazz, remains a rapturous delight in any language. Legends Dizzy Gillespie, Idris Muhammad, longtime Basie sideman Benny Powell and Pharoah Sanders appear, while groundbreaking trombonist Melba Liston — then working for the first time with Weston since suffering a stroke in the mid-1980sRead More

Beau Jocque and the Zydeco Hi-Rollers – Git It, Beau Jocque! (1995)

NICK DERISO: Best to fasten your seltbelts, and put your trays in the upright position. “Git It” is a frenetic, fun-filled journey, this breathless moment of in-concert glory that comes and goes so fast that it remains sadly emblematic of the meteoric rise of Beau Jocque himself. During the last decade, Beau became the high-octane face of a new styleRead More

Sonny Boy Williamson II with Eric Clapton, Willie Dixon and Otis Spann – In Europe (1995)

Sonny Boy Williamson II with Eric Clapton, Willie Dixon and Otis Spann – In Europe (1995)

A rakish character, to be sure, Sonny Boy Williamson II wore a bowler hat and custom-made two-tone three-piece suit, often regaled the crowds with a hands-free harp solo, even took the name of a once-more famous predecessor in order to jump start his career. Williamson, then, was the perfect America export, over the top and completely original. More particularly, heRead More

Frank Sinatra (1915-1998): An Appreciation

Frank Sinatra (1915-1998): An Appreciation

NICK DERISO: Frank Sinatra, 10 years gone, would have been 93 this month. His mystery still lingers with me, as does the memory of a concert — one of Sinatra’s last — when he recaptured all of that complexity. Sinatra was both a pawn to his past and the king of it, a guy who shadowboxed on stage, and toldRead More

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