Post Tagged with: "One Track Mind"

One Track Mind: Saga, “On the Loose” from Spin It Again!: Live in Munich (2013)

As “On the Loose” lifts off — first with the insectile thrill of Jim Gilmour’s keyboards, then with a full-throated roar from Michael Sadler — Saga’s new live set all but sells itself.

One Track Mind: Nnenna Freelon, “Swingle Jingle Bells” from Christmas (2013)

One Track Mind: Nnenna Freelon, “Swingle Jingle Bells” from Christmas (2013)

Nnenna Freelon arrives like an effervescent burst of champagne bubbles, cooing and scatting along to one of Frank Foster’s final arrangements on the opening track from her forthcoming Yuletide set.

One Track Mind: Asobi Seksu, “Trails” from Fluorescence (2011)

“Trails,” Asobi Seku’s paen to heartbreak and loss, seemed an odd choice for lead single from the band’s 2011 release Fluorescence. The melody threatens to catch, but never quite takes hold.

One Track Mind: Jonus Preston, “Heaven to Hell” (2013)

New York-based singer-songwriter Jonus Preston combines the stark fragility of Jeff Buckley with the anthemic qualities of Coldplay on a song that utterly captures the disorienting rush of falling in love.

One Track Mind: Clarence J. Johnson III, “Watch Him Work” from Watch Him Work (2013)

The last time New Orleanian saxophonist Clarence Johnson III made a record, it was still the 1900s.

One Track Mind: Kenny Barron, Gerry Gibbs and Ron Carter, “Promises, Promises” from Thrasher Dream Trio (2013)

A guy with the amount of respect and credentials as a composer, bandleader, arranger and drummer as Gerry Gibbs can more the hold his own in the presence of anybody.

One Track Mind: Alestorm, “In the Navy” from Live at the End of the World (2013)

One Track Mind: Alestorm, “In the Navy” from Live at the End of the World (2013)

I’m not sure that this shouldn’t be a WTF Wednesday entry instead of a One Track Mind, but Alestorm has a long and sordid history of strange cover songs.

Something Else! sneak peek: Chris Biesterfeldt, “Teen Town” from Urban Mandolin (2013)

When Chris Biesterfeldt set out to make the mandolin record which became Urban Mandolin, he used a small combo but outsized ambitions.

One Track Mind: Matthew Davidson, “Heartbreaker” (2013)

You might, with so many deep blues connections, expect 15-year-old Louisiana guitar prodigy Matthew Davidson’s new single to sound rootsy and raw. Instead, he draws in sounds and textures from a stirringly broad musical spectrum.

One Track Mind: Morrissey, “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” from 25Live (2013)

One Track Mind: Morrissey, “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” from 25Live (2013)

The decades have changed everything about this song. Once a paean, at least for me, of youth-bound angst — about dreams deferred for the drudgery (the tragedy!) of homework — it’s now shot through with real regret.