Blessedly unencumbered by a constricting sense of pop decorum, Late Night Champ has a kitchen-sink sense of discovery — as Jon Sandler thrillingly weaves in threads from across a broad musical spectrum.
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The cello-driven folk of Dare Me delights not just because of its offbeat instrumentation, but also in the way that it plays with dichotomies, with shadows and light, both musically and lyrically.
Even the most noble of tribute efforts can be sunk by a maudlin sense of care, the feeling that the great works being presented are sacrosanct — rather than living, malleable pieces of art. This album deftly avoids those mistakes.
Trevor Rabin, set to be honored by ASCAP today for his work in film, takes over our One Track Mind feature, offering new insights into his solo work and key moments with Yes.
It’s not like Trevor Rabin has disappeared since leaving Yes, not with dozens of movie scores to his name in the intervening years. Still, Rabin hadn’t released a solo project under his own name since 1989
You know the proposition: Marooned with only a handful of musical choices, which would you make?
Saddle up for another ride through the latest musical musings from the likes of Ben Tyree, Blues Traveler, Cassandra Wilson, Jerry Douglas, Joe Jackson, Left Lane Cruiser and James Leg and Little Feat
Cassandra Wilson’s forthcoming release Another Country might well have been called “Another Voice,” so prominent is the work of collaborator Fabrizio Sotti, her guitarist and producer.
If you were looking for the Beatles, or some terrific new music, or even something other than flatly featureless cartoon caricatures of the Fab Four, then 1968’s Yellow Submarine was a crashing disappointment.
Dobro ace Jerry Douglas might have been expected to do some picking and grinning on the forthcoming Traveler. Happily, in keeping with the name, the album moves far afield of such easy assumptions.