Post Tagged with: "One Track Mind"

One Track Mind: Lou Donaldson, "Peepin'" (1967)

One Track Mind: Lou Donaldson, "Peepin'" (1967)

by S. Victor Aaron One of my favorite funk-jazz albums of all time isn’t by a crossover act like the Crusaders or Herbie Hancock‘s Headhunters, but by a living giant of a jazz alto sax blower. I’m talking about Lou Donaldson. Starting out as a very good Charlie Parker disciple leading bebop sessions on par with his most logical contemporaryRead More

One Track Mind: Tom Waits – "Please Wake Me Up" (1987)

One Track Mind: Tom Waits – "Please Wake Me Up" (1987)

by Mark Saleski After listening to certain Tom Waits songs, I get to thinking about what the man might have stored in his garage. Sure, it’s become sort of a cliché, doing a mental inventory of Waits’ collection of bullhorns and whatnot, but it sure is fun. Even more fun is doing an inventory of my own garage to seeRead More

One Track Mind: Stephen Richard – "Ambience" (2010)

One Track Mind: Stephen Richard – "Ambience" (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron It could be argued that Houston, Texas is one of the major gestation points for smooth jazz sax stars. Ronnie Laws and Kirk Whalum came from what Laws calls the Bayou City of the Future. Also, let’s not forget that Wilton Felder, Joe Sample and the rest of the Crusaders gang hail from that town, too.Read More

One Track Mind: Curtis Mayfield – "Freddie's Dead" (1972)

One Track Mind: Curtis Mayfield – "Freddie's Dead" (1972)

by S. Victor Aaron As the sixties turned into the seventies, soul, like rock, got tougher and edgier. In 1971 alone, Sly Stone’s There’s A Riot Goin’ On, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On and Gil Scott-Heron‘s Pieces Of A Man raised the stakes in R&B that was serious, far-reaching and influential to several generations. Others like the Temptations, Donny Hathaway,Read More

One Track Mind: Holdsworth/Pasqua/Haslip/Wackerman – "Fred" (2010)

One Track Mind: Holdsworth/Pasqua/Haslip/Wackerman – "Fred" (2010)

by Pico Fusion guitar big dog Allan Holdsworth has been in a number of notable bands: The Soft Machine, Gong, UK, Level 42…but the brief, mid-seventies stint he had in Tony Williams’ reconstituted Lifetime band have made up some of the fondest memories for him. About a decade ago, he honored his old boss and late drummer with a stupefyingRead More

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