Andy Summers’ echoing, textural approach to the guitar is forever linked with the Police, but he’d been an established figure in music for more than a decade before rising to stardom with that sound alongside Stewart Copeland and Sting.
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When Neil Young was presented as a potential addition to the trio of Crosby Stills and Nash by Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, Graham Nash admits he had never met the mercurial Buffalo Springfield vet.
The introduction of a new studio to experiment with might have felt like a happy challenge for another Band, in another place. Instead, Albert Grossman’s just-opened Bearsville facility ended up feeling, as Robbie Robertson once said, “too bright and cold.” Much of the music on 1971’s Cahoots, to be honest, did too
You may not recognize the voice. Certainly, you’ve never heard of the band. But that guitar, echoing and minimalistic? Well, that could only belong to the Police’s Andy Summers. And so Circa Zero’s new song, an all-hook blast of old-school straight-ahead rock called “Levitation,” lures you in anyway.
Sticking with the Kiss lifestyle for four decades, as Paul Stanley has done, has its rewards. The group, after all, is going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this spring. But it all hasn’t been easy.
By the time Albert King recorded his debut album for Stax, he was anything but the new kid on the block. In fact, the scorching blues guitarist had been around for ages, but somehow he’d never quite broken through. That changed in the blink of an eye with his 1967 release Born Under a Bad Sign
Forget everything you know about Brad Mehldau, who rose to fame via contemplative classical-leaning reimagingings of pop songs at an acoustic piano. This isn’t that. It isn’t even jazz
Offered with a rough-hewn, acoustic grace, Damian Joyce’s paean to the Big Apple unfolds with a warm confidentiality. But the beginning? Pure Keith Emerson.
Was the legendary Sharon Tate murder, though typically chalked up to random violence, more closely related to the Beach Boys than anybody guessed? Al Jardine discusses the connections, and how Charles Manson’s failed music career may have lead to this viscous 1969 crime.
When people hear that a horn player employs “extended techniques” on their instrument, what often comes to mind are things like valve clatter, ostinato, vocalizations, and circular breathing. With Colin Stetson, we get all of that, very often at the same time.