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Jon Larsen – The Jimmy Carl Black Story (2008)

Jon Larsen – The Jimmy Carl Black Story (2008)

by Pico There’s been plenty of records made saluting the musical achievements of Frank Zappa, so why not make a record in tribute of his original drummer, Jimmy Carl Black? That’s what Jon Larsen asked…and answered. Larsen is probably best known as one of the two guitarists in the long-running gypsy swing revival quartet, Hot Club De Novege. On theRead More

One Track Mind: The Fireman, "Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight" (2008)

One Track Mind: The Fireman, "Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight" (2008)

“Just reading those lines (of the Townshend interview) fired my imagination. I thought, Right, they’ve done what they think was the loudest and dirtiest; we’ll do what we think. I went into the studio and told the guys, ‘Look, I’ve got this song but Pete said this and I want to do it even dirtier.’ It was a great briefRead More

Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra – We Are MTO (2008)

Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra – We Are MTO (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron Trumpeter and arranger Steven Bernstein might be the hardest working man in music these days. Just these last few years he has garnered a Grammy nomination (for Sexotica by his band Sex Mob) and a Annie nomination for scoring a children’s TV series; released an album under John Zorn’s Tzadik label; scored some Laurel & HardyRead More

Christian Scott – Live At Newport (2008)

Christian Scott – Live At Newport (2008)

Photo: Jean Hangarter by S. Victor Aaron The New Orleans tradition continues. Over one hundred years after the Crescent City had given the world cornetist and jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden, kicking off an amazing string of brass legends going from Louis Armstrong to Wynton Marsalis to Terence Blanchard, another ground-breaking trumpet player from this storied city has emerged in justRead More

The Bennie Maupin Quartet – Early Reflections (2008)

The Bennie Maupin Quartet – Early Reflections (2008)

photo: Cryptogramophone by Pico The hermitic but acclaimed multi-reedist Bennie Maupin is suddenly prolific. As a sideman for Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock during fusion’s formative years, Maupin’s versatility and sensitivity across a wide variety of wind instruments garnered him work on important documents of the genre live Bitches Brew and Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi records. After Hancock broke up MwandishiRead More

Frank Sinatra – Lucky Strike 'Lite-Up Time' Shows (2008)

Frank Sinatra – Lucky Strike 'Lite-Up Time' Shows (2008)

NICK DERISO: Frank Sinatra’s first popular peak is found not at the table of some ring-a-ding casino lounge but inside a transistor radio, as the young crooner swept to girl-crazy acclaim in the late 1940s. Appearing on a variety of showcase programs, including the too-commercial “Your Hit Parade” (1943-44, and 1947-49) then his more personal “Songs By Sinatra” (1945-47) andRead More

Leonardo E.M. Cioglia – Contos (2008)

Leonardo E.M. Cioglia – Contos (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron There seems to be this wonderful trend of late, where a newer generation of bass players are following the example of Charles Mingus and presenting themselves as serious composers and bandleaders. In the last year on this space we’ve profiled the latest releases of such luminaries as Drew Gress, Ben Allison, Bill Moring and Michael Bates.Read More

Movies: Frank Zappa – The Torture Never Stops (2008)

Movies: Frank Zappa – The Torture Never Stops (2008)

What better way to spend Halloween than with (as it’s lovingly referred to in the liner notes) “this thing“? “The Torture Never Stops” — a 24-song, two-hour blast of almost indescribably brilliant/crazy rock from an Oct. 31, 1981 concert by the equally brilliant/crazy Frank Zappa — affords us a unique opportunity to experience one of popular music’s most original guitarists,Read More

The Stryker-Slagle Band – The Scene (2008)

The Stryker-Slagle Band – The Scene (2008)

by Pico At this time last year the sizzling straight-jazz band headed up by guitarist Dave Stryker and saxophonist/flautist Steve Slagle had a record out that we were making hay over, entitled Latest Outlook. The boys are back already with another batch of mostly original tunes called The Scene. And like before, they brought in that titan of the tenorRead More

Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Leucocyte (2008)

Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Leucocyte (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron It feels strange to evaluate a talented musician’s latest output knowing that he will have no more new recordings forthcoming. That was the situation last year when I took a gander at Michael Brecker’s last CD, Pilgrimage. Sadly, we’re here again, as Esbjörn Svensson died this past June 14 in a diving accident near his nativeRead More

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