Post Tagged with: "1990s"

Curlew – A Beautiful Western Saddle (1993, 2010 reissue CD+DVD)

Curlew – A Beautiful Western Saddle (1993, 2010 reissue CD+DVD)

by Pico Before there was Sonic Youth, before there was Radiohead, Material, The Flaming Lips or the Animal Collective, there was Curlew. Founded by saxophonist/composer George Cartwright in 1979, Curlew soon became an incubator for just about every important name in the the New York downtown experimental music scene that thrived in the 80s and 90s. Kenny Wollesen, Fred Frith,Read More

The Friday Morning Listen: Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny – Beyond The Missouri Sky (1997)

The Friday Morning Listen: Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny – Beyond The Missouri Sky (1997)

By Mark Saleski Have you ever been minding your own business when an old experience, one you hadn’t thought about in years, just pops into your mind? That happened to me the other night, and I have no idea why. I had been up late reading, had just returned from the bathroom tooth-brushing thing, and was about to get intoRead More

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

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

by Pico 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 pretty good trumpet player in the hard bop tradition. He was also around for some of the criticalRead 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

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