If you want your jazz to sooth even when the tempos aren’t slow, Peter Erskine New Trio’s ‘In Praise Of Shadows’ will do the trick very well.
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Peter Erskine and the Dr. Um Band’s ‘Second Opinion’ is every bit as good of a fusion jazz record as the first one.
The drummer who is capable of taking on any role he wants behind his drum set makes his best music when he takes on the role of simply being himself.
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
I once read that the great acoustic bassist Ray Brown had appeared on more records than any other jazz sideman. If Will Lee doesn’t hold that distinction among electric bassists, than I’m at a loss as to who that might be.
Steely Dan has long implicitly and sometimes explicitly paid tribute to jazz through their own music. Bandleader, arranger and American Jazz Institute Board of Directors President Mark Masters thought it would be a cool idea to pay back the favor.
<<< BACKWARD (“Josie [Live]”) ||| ONWARD (“Peg [Live]”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** S. Victor Aaron’s note: In our earlier take on “Book Of Liars,” the studio version, I stated that the live version on Alive In America is much better. Preston Frazier explains exactly why that’s so
<<< BACKWARD (“Reelin’ In The Years [Live]”) ||| ONWARD (“Book Of Liars [Live]”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The first of three Aja songs on Alive In America finally appears five tracks in, the brilliant yet fun party tune that caps that classic album, “Josie.”
Russian-born Yelena Eckemoff is a classically trained concert pianist who has more recently in her career taken on jazz, but has done so strictly on her terms.
“I love making albums!” declared super session guitar player Lee Ritenour, and he continues: “For me, creating a new project from beginning to end, is one of the most musically and spiritually rewarding things that I do in my life.”