Post Tagged with: "2000s"

My All-Star CD's of 2007: The Starters

by Pico Yesterday I revealed my second team selections of favorite CD’s from 2007. Now, we get into the really good stuff. Here is the Special Seven: Robert Plant/Allison Krauss – Raising SandNiether Plant nor Krauss are the kind of artists whose records I run out and buy, but I’ve always appreciated the works of both. In coming together forRead More

My All-Star CD's of 2007: The Alternates

by S. Victor Aaron What a year it’s been for a baby boomer like me. We’ve seen strong fresh offerings from stalwarts like Paul McCartney, John Fogerty, America, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Hornsby, James Taylor, Jean-Luc Ponty, John Mellencamp and yes, even the Eagles. What’s more, the old stuff pulled from the vaults for the first time from luminaries like NeilRead More

James Taylor – One Man Band (2007)

by Pico JT has been around since the Flower Power days and never really left the scene. He captured a large chunk of the young populace at that time who largely held on as his fanbase as younger generations passed on him. He’s long settled into a comfortable living from releasing new material every five or so years and fromRead More

Drew Gress – The Irrational Numbers (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron The credits scream “Tim Berne music” but the music itself more suggests “George Russell” or “Carla Bley.” This is the initial impression I got from Drew Gress’ newest offering released last month, The Irrational Numbers. Modern jazz composer/bassist Drew Gress is one of those New York City “improvised music” cats that we’ve covered on this spaceRead More

Carla Bley – The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu (2007)

by s. Victor Aaron A few months ago, we bemoaned the loss of a quality modern jazz composer in Paul Nash and noted how it seems we are well past the heyday of melodists of large-form jazz. Oh my, how did I ever forget about the still-thriving Carla Bley? Carla has been one of the most unique and consistent stylistsRead More

Books: Keith Bradsher – High And Mighty (2003)

by Mark Saleski A friend of mine (a car aficionado, racer and mechanic) loaned me this. If you’ve ever been interested in how SUVs came into existence…and how they became so popular, then this might be of interest. The safety issues are well known (rollover risk, damage to other vehicles, etc). What I thought was particularly interesting were all ofRead More

The Eagles – Long Road Out Of Eden (2007)

My initial impression of the first release of all new songs by this major act in twenty-eight years is that this is a record that plays to all their strengths: crisp songwriting by the Frey/Henley partnership (“I Love To Watch A Woman Dance” is drop dead gorgeous), simple but precise musicianship and gorgeous harmonies. In fact, the harmonies sound evenRead More

Stanley Clarke – The Toys Of Men (2007)

I’m becoming a Stanley Clarke fan again. After a quarter of a century of sitting on the sidelines as he delved into lightweight urban contemporary, soundtracks scoring for the big and little screens alike and playing in other people’s bands, Clarke is back to doing what made him a household name among fusion enthusiasts in the first place: honest-to-goodness balls-to-the-wallRead More

Howard Wiley – The Angola Project (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron At the base level, music’s purpose is to entertain. Some musicians go beyond mere entertainment and use their music to promote a point of view, provoke thought and kindle certain kinds of emotions. Hand in hand with those higher goals are the use of music as a vehicle to educate listeners. On The Angola Project, jazzRead More

The Stryker-Slagle Band – Latest Outlook (2007)

by Pico David Stryker, like my main man John Scofield, is the kind of jazz guitarist who never seems satisfied with sticking in one style of music for too long. Earlier this week we presented a pretty damned impressive fusion side of his with 1998’s Shades Of Miles. Last year, Stryker did his late, great boss Jack McDuff proud withRead More