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Deep Cuts: Randy Newman "Rednecks" (1974)

by Pico This isn’t a song about amazing muscianship, surprising chord changes or nifty little hooks. Rather, it’s a tribute to the power of lyrics. Of all the Great American Songwriters of our time, Randy Newman is perhaps the only one who could be considered a continuation of the line of classic songwriters from before our time. His deft combinationRead More

John Hiatt – Slow Turning (1988)

by S. Victor Aaron Today, John Hiatt is among the leading American folk-rock singer-songwriters, standing in stature just below Springsteen and Mellencamp, but it was no overnight success story for him. Hiatt struggled to get traction on his career for over a dozen years after releasing his first album in 1974. This, despite some critical acclaim and his songs regularlyRead More

One Track Mind: Les Dudek "Old Judge Jones" (1977)

by S. Victor Aaron Les Dudek is one of those guitarists you may have never heard of but you’ve certainly heard him. He was the harmony guitar part on The Allman Brothers’ first major hit “Ramblin’ Man.” He added slide and dobro to Steve Miller’s dual classics Fly Like An Eagle and Book Of Dreams. And more recently, you knowRead More

Quickies: Bennie Maupin, Porcupine Tree, Dewey Redman

by Pico This version of Quickies focuses on new rock and old jazz. One thing they have in common: it’s all good. >Bennie Maupin The Jewel In The Lotus Multi-reedist Bennie Maupin first made his mark contributing that bad-assed bass clarinet to Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and then joined Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi space-funk fusion group, staying on with Herbie toRead More

One Track Mind: Steely Dan "Babylon Sisters" (1980)

by S. Victor Aaron As a nation is transfixed on the destructive fires going on in Southern California, the fate of millions living there seem to rest on something Man has no control over: those Santa Ana winds. Hot, dry gales that blow in from the desert to the east help to create dry conditions optimal for wildfires and fanRead More

One Track Mind: Stevie Wonder "That Girl" (1982)

by Pico Songs that I’ve known for a quarter of a century don’t tend to stay in my brain’s record rotation continuously for that long, but this song popped up out of nowhere in my consciousness once again. Maybe it’s a sign that it’s time to write about it. “That Girl” is not exactly an obscure song, however. Stevie WonderRead More

Quickies: Stephen Stills, Keith Jarrett, Ethan Keller

This installment of “Quickies” actually boasts some more diversity than the last one. As in some (gasp) singer-songwriter records! Sandwiched in between is a jazz icon, who like the first entry, recorded some folk-rock back in 1968. Thankfully, he eventually chose the right genre. The last guy is in a similar position today as the first guy was in thatRead More

Bruce Hornsby – Camp Meeting (2007)

When rock and pop stars make a foray into jazz it can risky proposition for them. While I’m sure all of them do it out of some sincere love for the music form, they can’t expect to sell as many records as they’re accustomed to and if they don’t have the chops to pull it off, they wind up lookingRead More

One Track Mind: Chris Rea "Texas" (1989)

by S. Victor Aaron Chris Rea is something of a lingering figure in popular music. He had a top 20 hit way back in 1978 for “Fool (If You Think It’s Over)” and then a smaller one in 1986 with “On The Beach.” Both of these songs casted him as a lightweight, adult contemporary minstrel, and so it took peopleRead More

The Subdudes – Street Symphony (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron They look and sound like they’ve been around forever, but the Subdudes have “only” existed for 20 years (counting the roughly eight-year hiatus from 1996-2004), mainly flying under the radar. They come out of that musically rich town of New Orleans, but have rarely been mentioned in the same sentence as Dr. John, Galactic or theRead More