Post Tagged with: "One Track Mind"

One Track Mind: Nels Cline, "Compulsion" (2006)

by S. Victor Aaron Heavy metal is not the kind of music I get into that much, but combine it with avant garde jazz and it’s often a whole ‘nother story. Caspar Brotzmann, The Scorch Trio, parts of The Vandermark 5; these guys have a way of making two seemingly incompatible worlds collide but the two genres are probably closerRead More

One Track Mind: Joe Lovano, "Central Park West" (1991)

by S. Victor Aaron Strange as this might sound, listening to Joe Lovano’s rendition of this 1960 Coltrane original makes me think of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”. Hendrix’s “Wing” was a relatively brief and initially largely unnoticed track in it’s original form, but in someone else’s hands…Clapton’s…it became a more majestic theme and a form of tribute for it’s composer.Read More

Pat Martino, “Sunny” (1972): One Track Mind

You’ve seen it many times before and probably joined the fray a time or two. I’m talking about that never-ending debate on “Who is the greatest guitarist of all time?” Man, there’s so many outstanding ones out there with so many different styles, how can you choose? I sure as heck won’t, but the one that makes me shake myRead More

One Track Mind: Little Feat, "Spanish Moon (Live)" (2000)

by Pico So I was listening to this tune off of Hotcakes and Outtakes the other day on the Pico ‘Pod and ohmygawd it hit me: this blog has never respresented for Little Feat before! After all, we did promise to deliver musical musings in the realm of blues, rock and baby-boomer rock with a nod toward our Louisiana homeland,Read More

Boz Scaggs + Duane Allman, “Loan Me A Dime: (1969): One Track Mind

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the blue-eyed soul singer responsible for such sophisticated dance classics like “Lido Shuffle” and “Jojo” during the age of disco came from some pretty organic beginnings. Boz Scaggs left the Steve Miller Blues Band in 1968 and set out to become a star in his own right. His self-titled first effort toward that goalRead More

One Track Mind: Al Jarreau, "Rainbow In Your Eyes" (1977)

Al Jarreau has found a good measure of success from applying his unique weave of octave shifting singing and jazz scatting to a wide array of songs ranging from jazz standards to r&b to straight pop. And like Linda Ronstadt and Robert Palmer, he’s had a knack for finding someone else’s nugget that few have heard of and making itRead More

One Track Mind: Jerry Garcia/David Grisman, "The Thrill Is Gone" (1991)

by Pico OK, I’ll say it up front: I’ve never been a fan of The Grateful Dead. Don’t know for sure why; after all, I love extended improvisations and the confluence of different styles. And it’s not that I don’t like jam bands; I can listen to the Allman Brothers and Umphrey’s McGee all day. I dunno, maybe it’s becauseRead More

One Track Mind: Ben Folds Five, "Jane" (1999)

Like last week’s OTM, we’re profiling a song played by a pianist whose preferred method of attack is the trio format. Aside than that, there’s nothing that could be more different about today’s flavor, as we go from a twenty-six minute long cerebral jazz track to a three minute pop tune. And since it’s pop, I’m not going to botherRead More

One Track Mind: Keith Jarrett Trio, “Autumn Leaves” (1994)

by S. Victor Aaron That Keith Jarrett, he’s one amazing individual. Consider: · In the middle of the domination of jazz by wanking electric guitarists and keyboardists in 1975, KJ sits down in front of an audience in West Germany armed with only a piano, starts playing whatever came out of his head for about an hour and the recordingRead More

Les McCann + Eddie Harris, “Compared To What” (1969): One Track Mind

Ahhhh, Friday night. As R.L. Burnside would say, “I know godd—ed well it’s party time.” But the blues isn’t the only place you’ll find the Good Lord’s name uttered in vain. Thanks to Les McCann, you can also find that commandment broken in a soul-jazz ditty that he made a classic of the vein. That’s right, you old hippies, youRead More

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