Post Tagged with: "One Track Mind"

One Track Mind: Mose Allison "My Brain" (2010)

One Track Mind: Mose Allison "My Brain" (2010)

by Pico One of the most enduring singing piano players isn’t Billy Joel or even Elton John. Mose Allison has been at it since Nat King Cole was dominating the charts and although he’s slowed down a lot lately, the eighty-two year old was recently enticed back into the studio for the first time in a dozen years, the productRead More

One Track Mind: Herbie Hancock – "Butterfly" (1974)

One Track Mind: Herbie Hancock – "Butterfly" (1974)

Herbie Hancock has enjoyed a long, five-decade musical career that has been both artistically and commercially fulfilling. Not many other artists can boast that of any genre, much less a jazz musician. But 2008′s winner of the Album Of The Year Grammy has given us Blue Note modern jazz classics like Maiden Voyage, abstract space funk-jazz like Sextant, an earlyRead More

Deep Cuts: Steely Dan – "Here At The Western World" (1976)

Deep Cuts: Steely Dan – "Here At The Western World" (1976)

by S. Victor Aaron You know the story: a band goes in the studio to records tracks for an album and finds they recorded more than what they needed for that record, so they leave one or two tracks off of it. You’ve also seen this play out: a major act comes out with a blockbuster album, so record labelRead More

One Track Mind: Jacky Terrasson – "Beat It/Body And Soul" (2010)

One Track Mind: Jacky Terrasson – "Beat It/Body And Soul" (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron He looks like a young Keith Jarrett, even hums along to his piano lines a little like Jarrett, but Jacky Terrasson is defying straight comparisons to anybody. This 1993 winner of the Thelonious Monk competition can conjure the big, train-like sound of McCoy Tyner, the cerebral presence of Brad Mehldau or the spiritual elegance of AbdullahRead More

Deep Cuts: Jackson Browne – "Here Come Those Tears Again" (1976)

Deep Cuts: Jackson Browne – "Here Come Those Tears Again" (1976)

by S. Victor Aaron Rock stars whose dad jammed with Django Reinhardt when said rock star was an infant, and dated Nico not long after after high school deserve my eternal respect and admiration, but as far as I know, only Jackson Browne falls into that category. It was only years later when he begun to make his own recordsRead More

One Track Mind: Roberto Badoglio – "Inner Urge" (2010)

One Track Mind: Roberto Badoglio – "Inner Urge" (2010)

by Pico I find that much of jazz is taking someone else’s tune and make it into something new. The trick is to do so without casting off the thing (or things) that made it such a great tune to cover to begin with. But who can take Joe Henderson‘s modal madness of “Inner Urge”, update it with modern touchesRead More

Alex Chilton (1950-2010): An Appreciation

Bursting forth as rock teetered between too-big prog pyrotechnics and mawkishly symphonic concept records, it comes as little surprise that Big Star seemed to disappear with barely a ripple. That, and the fact that Alex Chilton, who died yesterday at 59 after a heart attack, always seemed to be disappearing, anyway. Even so, Chilton, along with early bandmate Chris Bell,Read More

One Track Mind: Tobias Gebb and Unit 7 – "Tomorrow Never Knows" (2009)

One Track Mind: Tobias Gebb and Unit 7 – "Tomorrow Never Knows" (2009)

by Nick DeRiso You hear Beatles songs remade by jazz musicians with notable frequency, some more successful (Jaco Pastorius‘ glorious reading of the oft-covered “Blackbird” from “Word of Mouth”; a just-right “All My Loving” on “Basie’s Beatles Bag”; Ramsey Lewis‘ underrated “Hard Day’s Night” from “Finest Hour”) than others (almost all of the rest of that un-Fab 1966 Count BasieRead More

One Track Mind: Sly and the Family Stone – "If You Want Me To Stay" (1973)

One Track Mind: Sly and the Family Stone – "If You Want Me To Stay" (1973)

photo: Urve Kuusik by Pico The other day I revisited that beautiful mess by Sly Stone called There’s A Riot Goin’ On (1971), where in the midst of some herion-induced haze were some of the most forward-looking funk and r&b music ever. Even the one radio hit from it “Family Affair” was at least five years ahead of its timeRead More

One Track Mind: Mike LeDonne – "Rock With You" (2010)

One Track Mind: Mike LeDonne – "Rock With You" (2010)

photo: Dan Codazziby Pico This isn’t the first time we’ve featured the Rod Temperton tune made into a 1979 hit by Michael Jackson. But it bears another look, as interpreted by a completely different artist. Pianist and organist Mike LeDonne, a long established fixture in New York’s jazz arena, worked for Roy Eldridge, Milt Jackson and Benny Golson. He evenRead More