John Lennon and Paul McCartney recorded “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” a bluesy retelling of Lennon’s marriage to Yoko Ono, between 2:30 and 9 p.m. on April 14, 1969 — and released it later that May. Was it, in fact, the worst Beatles song ever?
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There is a serious big band push to Strength in Numbers, the new disc from the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra. The Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, trombonist, and vocalist fronts an impressive group of New York players and sinks every ounce of his creative impulse into the material
Dolly Parton’s new studio effort Blue Smoke features the expected blend of country, bluegrass and church music. She even duets with her old pal Kenny Rogers. Dig deeper, though, and there is a huge surprise waiting
Roscoe Mitchell is a revered name in improvised music circles, an out-jazz giant who is often spoken as if his great works come from so long-ago period
At first listen, this sounded like the Devils & Dust odd man out. The chorus is definitely something of an outlier with its sing-song, uplifting notes. I suppose you could say that the underlying story is uplifting as well, certainly when compared with the rest of the album.
Turns out, David Lee Roth wanted to make a larger tribute to the Beach Boys back in February as Mike Love was recognized at the 21st annual Ella Awards. Love and Roth, of course, did a collaborative version of “California Girls.” But the Van Halen frontman had an entire unsaid speech
Chicago has announced a title, offered additional samples of its new music and revealed the cover art for its first album in eight years. Featuring 11 original tracks, Chicago XXXVI: Now finds the band in the midst of an entirely new way of creating.
Snail Songs by Syrinx Effect Creating soothing, soulful sounds can come from an endless combination of sources, and Seattle’s New Music duo Syrinx Effect does it with just a trombone and a soprano saxophone.
The current musical offering from the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger finds pop/psych/folk/garage troubadours Charlotte Kemp Muhl and Sean Lennon partnering with Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Invisible Familiars
There was the long wait, the belated nomination, the vicious back biting and the surprisingly gracious induction. Now that Kiss is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, however, it’s time for Ace Frehley to get back to work on a solo album.