Post Tagged with: "2000s"

Quickies: Pat Metheny, Eivind Aarset, Neil Larsen, Maceo Parker

Quickies: Pat Metheny, Eivind Aarset, Neil Larsen, Maceo Parker

by S. Victor Aaron The first Quickies of 2008 is all that jazz. More precisely, it’s all jazz. Or variants of jazz. That is, if you don’t count the last entry, which is soul-funk. Got it? Good, let’s get started… Pat Metheny Trio Day TripToday is supposed to be the day of Metheny’s first release under the guitar/acoustic bass/drums formatRead More

Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette – Setting Standards (2008)

Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette – Setting Standards (2008)

by Pico Here’s where it all started… Pianist Keith Jarrett, double-bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette make up the threesome that today is the gold standard of trio jazz. You’ve might have even seen me effuse about them in the past a time or two. And this month marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first recordings by Jarrett’s “Standards”Read More

Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Made in New Orleans: The Hurricane Sessions (2007)

Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Made in New Orleans: The Hurricane Sessions (2007)

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, perhaps the very face of New Orleans music, shoulders a heavy burden on “The Hurricane Sessions” in trying to convey the sweeping emotions surrounding Katrina. So much happened away from those familiar wooden benches at 726 St. Peter St. in the dusty room known as Preservation Hall. In fact, that’s why this record almost neverRead More

Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creation's Dark (2008)

Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creation's Dark (2008)

photo by Jason Thrasher by S. Victor Aaron No band today epitomizes Southern rock more precisely than Athens, Georgia’s Drive-By Truckers. Sometimes they sound even more Dixie than Skynard, The Marshall Tucker Band or the Allman Brothers. Not only do they possess the rough and tumble sound of their forebears but they’ll often co-opt country, punk and folk in creatingRead More

James Blood Ulmer – Bad Blood In The City; The Piety Street Sessions (2007)

James Blood Ulmer – Bad Blood In The City; The Piety Street Sessions (2007)

There probably isn’t a guitarist today who is at once rootsy, complex and yet undernoticed as James “Blood” Ulmer. He stands at the juxtaposition of so many styles that he cannot be put neatly in a single one of those. His uniquely scrabbling guitar attack, as once described by Village Voice music critic Greg Tate, is “the missing link betweenRead More

One Track Mind: Gov't Mule "Perfect Shelter" (2004)

One Track Mind: Gov't Mule "Perfect Shelter" (2004)

by Pico Covering High And Mighty about a year and a half ago gave me a convenient excuse to pull out and listen to some of the prior Gov’t Mule CDs. Out of the one just prior to this one, Déjà Voodoo, came a tune that has lately been the perfect ear food for the testosterone-charged seventies kid in me.Read More

Movies: Rhythm 'n' Bayous: A Road Map to Louisiana Music (2001)

Movies: Rhythm 'n' Bayous: A Road Map to Louisiana Music (2001)

by Nick DeRiso This two-hour documentary explores music from both southern and northern Louisiana, a rare tip of the hat to both traditions. So you have the expected segments on Acadiana- and New Orleans-based standouts Rosie Ledet, the Hackberry Ramblers, Henry Butler, Nathan Williams and the Jambalaya Cajun Band, among others. But respected filmmaker Robert Mugge (“Deep Blues,” 1991) alsoRead More

Medeski, Martin & Wood – Let's Go Everywhere (2008)

Medeski, Martin & Wood – Let's Go Everywhere (2008)

These days it seems that celebrities like Katie Couric, Jay Leno and even Madonna are getting into writing children’s books. But the next big trend might very well be children’s music. Jack Johnson’s little-noticed soundtrack to the Curious George movie from a couple of years ago was a pretty good example of how a mainstream adult-oriented artist can make originalRead More

One Track Mind: Ellery Eskelin/Andrea Parkins/Jim Black "43 RPM" (2003)

One Track Mind: Ellery Eskelin/Andrea Parkins/Jim Black "43 RPM" (2003)

by S. Victor Aaron Jazz trios that push the envelope are a lot of fun to listen to. With only two other players to be accountable for, each member gets to take more chances than they might be able to get away with in a larger setting. And when it’s an unconventional getup, like say, a sax, drums and accordion,Read More

Peter Frampton – Fingerprints (2006)

Peter Frampton – Fingerprints (2006)

Peter Frampton’s first-ever instrumental release boasts a buffet-style diversity. And by refusing to settle into easy genre work — you just knew this would be jazz(zzzzzzzzz)y, right? — Frampton finally distances himself completely from a certain mid-1970s double live album. Well, almost anyway. No, familiar keyboardist Bob Mayo doesn’t appear. (He actually died of a heart attack on tour someRead More