I mentioned last week in my look back at Joni Mitchell’s Wild Things Run Fast that it was her first album for Geffen Records — and one which left a major impact on me.
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I’ve always loved the six degrees of separation concept as it relates to my musical discoveries. The career of Joni Mitchell is a perfect example of that.
An overnight sensation, Ram Jam scored a nationwide Top 20 hit single in the summer of 1977 with a storming cover of Leadbelly’s “Black Betty.”
If Foxy was a test of endurance, It Takes All Kinds is its continuation in the most expansive of senses.
Matt Newton’s refreshingly modern take on jazz music is what makes Within Reach such an amiable, lovely recording. This is the follow-up to the Toronto-based pianist’s acclaimed debut Push and stands both as a statement of intent and an indication of progress.
Although A Thousand Miles is Joe Mandica’s first solo effort, the Melbourne, Australia-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer has been around the block countless times.
As I listen to pianist Matthew Shipp’s latest release, there’s a part of me that finds it difficult to not be unduly influenced by the knowledge that Shipp thinks that Stanely Crouch is a horse’s ass. That influence is hard to ignore, since one of the qualities of Shipp’s pronouncements is total honesty. A beautiful and rare thing.
Following the assassination attempt on Bob Marley’s life in December of 1976, he flew to London to escape the imminent threat hanging over him in Jamaica. He’d spend more than a year in Britain, developing and recording songs that would eventually make up both 1977′s Exodus album and Kaya, the subject of this piece. In addition to the overwhelming stressRead More
Composed of material clipped from AC/DC’s first two albums, TNT and High Voltage — which were only distributed in the band’s home base of Australia — this collection, also called “High Voltage” signaled their introduction to a worldwide audience.
Rickie Lee Jones has produced a series of stellar albums (including her self-titled debut, Pirates and The Magazine, among others) and more than one head shaker (the dismal album Pop Pop and 2009’s Ben Harper train wreck The Devil You Know). Perhaps one of the commonalities regarding her great albums is the use of strong, yet empathetic, producers. Jones’ betterRead More