by Pico When the phrase “jazz musician from Louisiana” is thrown out, thoughts of New Orleans immediately spring to mind. And while it’s true that NOLA is the state’s, natch, the region’s jazz hub, you can find a few from Up North over in Nick’s neck of the woods who have met success. Take, for example, Shreveport native Brian Blade. [...]Read more ›
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by Pico From Stanton Moore we make a short hop to his Garage A Trois bandmate Charlie Hunter. Even among eccentric acid-jazz musicians, Hunter stands out. First of all, for all the soul-jazz, funk and world fusion he paints on his canvas, he is a bop man at heart; most of his records will even feature a Mingus or Monk-type [...]Read more ›
by S. Victor Aaron To kick off the Acid (jazz) Redux series, I’m gonna cheat and start with an album review I already wrote back in September of 2002. But since the artist in question is a good ol’ boy from Louisiana and the album in question is so danged bitchin’, I couldn’t think of a better way to start [...]Read more ›
It’s hard to define Aaron Neville’s music. Even for Aaron Neville. Rhythm and blues? He nods. Soul? He nods. Gospel? Now more than ever. But country? He and his brothers do it all. In fact, Neville’s signature move is pure country: a falsetto, yodel-like tremolo. Even with the success that collaborations with Linda Ronstadt brought in the 1990s, he never [...]Read more ›
by S. Victor Aaron The Cars. Yeah, you heard of them. If you’re between the age of 35 and 55 you’re probably even muttering “sure, but they were way overplayed”. I know I’ve heard my lifetime quota of “Let’s Go” before 1981. But let’s face it, they were a damned good rock ‘n’ roll band. The one new wave group [...]Read more ›
by Nick DeRiso They haven’t taken more than a week off since Nixon’s first term. They’ve withstood disco, fathering a rafter-shaking, swing-blues style that saw its own too-fey-by-half revival. (Did you ever notice that all those bands a few years back had names with the word Daddy in them?) So it is that after 30 years, nine guys still make [...]Read more ›
“Across the Universe” – stripped bare on this new version of the Beatles’ penultimate record, Let It Be – finds John Lennon alone in his ringing chorus: “Nothing’s gonna change my world.” The world of Let It Be, it’s clear, has been drastically changed. There are no chicks in the background, anymore: THE BEATLES — LET IT BE … NAKED [...]Read more ›