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One Track Mind: Kenny Loggins, with Jim Messina – "Two of Us" (2009)

One Track Mind: Kenny Loggins, with Jim Messina – "Two of Us" (2009)

By Nick DeRiso “Two Of Us,” the old Beatles album cut, is reborn — as is a long-ago relationship — in the hands of this pair of early 1970s-era country-rock stars. Part of a new Disney children’s album “All Join In,” the tune is actually one of two by the Beatles (the other being a slightly touched-up “All Together Now”)Read More

Joe Higham & Al Orkesta – Where Are We Now? (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron The term “fusion jazz” has been used to refer to the melding of rock and jazz since the late 1960’s, but in truth, jazz has evolved largely by absorbing other forms of music from the beginning. I think that’s one of the very things that’s made this music form intriguing and engaging. But British-born and Belgium-basedRead More

Oz Noy – Schizophrenic (2009)

Oz Noy – Schizophrenic (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron “Guitar virtuoso” for some can conjure up images of lightning fast shredders and gadget-filled guitar pyrotechnics. Some of these guys are pretty amazing technicians, to be sure, but a lot of them forget about applying their ample technique to songs that are any joy to listen to. But Oz Noy is not one of them. Israeli-bornRead More

Marcus Strickland Trio – Idiosyncrasies (2009)

Marcus Strickland Trio – Idiosyncrasies (2009)

photo: Mamoru Kobayakawa by S. Victor Aaron Here at Something Else we take a shining to rising young talent who puts a modern, interesting twist on jazz while honoring its tradition of deep harmony, creative improvisation and unselfish group symbiosis. That’s what I liked about E.J. Strickland’s debut album In This Day, which came out this past spring. I didn’tRead More

Benny Reid – Escaping Shadows (2009)

by Pico One of the more amazing things about Pat Metheny has long been his ability to play music at it’s highest potential and, when the mood strikes him, make it entirely accessible at the same time. In that sense, he’s a modern day version of Louis Armstrong, who was the most advanced jazz musician of his time, but stillRead More

Anzic Records Two-fer: Joel Frahm/Bruce Katz and Joe Martin

Anzic Records Two-fer: Joel Frahm/Bruce Katz and Joe Martin

by S. Victor Aaron Jazz label Anzic Records is only about four years old but has already made a real impact for young, talented New York-based musicians. Co-founded by Israeli-born clarinet/saxophone whiz Anat Cohen (who was profiled in my list of “Young Lionesses” up-and-coming female jazz stars), this record company has been the home for artists like Cohen and herRead More

General Patterson – Shackville (2009)

by Nick DeRiso General Patterson’s “Shackville,” recorded with former bandmates from north Louisiana bar-band legends Howard Shaft, moves like a warm, rustling breeze through the treetops. Surprising, indeed, for an on-stage performer known for his rumbling Southern-fried blues grind. Where Patterson’s shows typically push out from the stage with a tough, muscular emotion, “Shackville” offers delicate insights, set to aRead More

Mike & The Ravens – No Place For Pretty (2009)

Mike & The Ravens – No Place For Pretty (2009)

by Pico You know, it’s funny how making a record can be so quickly habit-forming for some. Here we have the early sixties regional garage band Mike And the Ravens who make a proper debut album about 48 years after they had formed. That’s right, folks, as in a few years short of half a century. And as we notedRead More

Nicki Gonzalez – Moron Love (2009)

Nicki Gonzalez – Moron Love (2009)

by Pico Lately, a recent CD by Nicki Gonzalez has been getting out into wider release, this one being her first album in the newest phase of her varied music career: that of a solo hard-edged singer-songwriter. Washington, DC native and local star Gonzalez has been around the block a few times, delving into r&b/funk with The Magic Pocket Band,Read More

It's a Duck Baker Two-fer! Roots & Branches of American Music and The Waltz Lesson (2009)

It's a Duck Baker Two-fer! Roots & Branches of American Music and The Waltz Lesson (2009)

by Pico Duck Baker, as we noted here earlier this year, is a virtuosic fingerstyle guitarist. That last release, Everything That Rises Must Converge, showcased only a very small sliver of Baker’s passions. He can get enthused for artists ranging from George Jones and Andrew Hill to Clarence White and parlay his enthusiasm on an unadorned acoustic six string guitarRead More