Post Tagged with: "S. Victor Aaron"

Otis Taylor – Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs (2009)

Otis Taylor might very well be the greatest bluesman of the 21st century. Not the best blues-rocker, not the best Delta bluesman or soul-bluesman; just the best straight-up bluesman. That’s because when I listen to any Taylor record, I hear strong echoes of the Delta blues, while detecting a restless musician who pushes the dusty genre forward with unusual instrumentationsRead More

Half Notes: Lucia Pulido – Waning Moon (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron Vocalist Lucia Pulido is perhaps not well known in America, but she when it comes to the traditional music of her native Columbia, she’s a real keeper of the flame. Her new CD, the third of hers as a leader, uses both originals and traditional songs to bring alive the music of the different regions ofRead More

Half Notes: James Taylor – Covers (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron James Taylor went through most of his career without putting together records that have a strong, overall theme to them. That’s changed of late: in 2006 there was a Christmas album and last year it was a live album with little accompaniment. This time out, it’s an album of all covers covering tunes both common andRead More

Gary Moore – Bad For You Baby (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron Moore never goes too long between studio releases; just last year we were here chatting up his then-new Close As You Get and now the Irish heavy blues-rocker is already back with another mixture of originals and classics, called Bad For You Baby. When Moore is in a blues state of mind you always know whatRead More

Elvin Bishop – The Blues Rolls On (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron Bishop has been around longer than just about every other blues guitarists still playing today, has been around greatness, and scored a few hits himself many years ago, but doesn’t get enough credit as being one of the vital performers of the craft. First gaining fame as part of the Paul Butterfield Band’s unsurpassed dual-guitar attackRead More

Half Notes: Paolo Nutini – These Streets (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron Nutini, from North Of England Way, got notice from performing his songs in London showcase clubs and ended up signed by Atlantic Records when he was barely 18. Soon afterwards in ’06, he recorded this gem of a debut album. These Streets doesn’t seek to steal away fans of the Jonas Brothers; despite the young adultRead More

Brian Blade Fellowship – Season Of Changes (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron This is one I’ve been eagerly anticipating for a while; I’ve even said as much when I reviewed his last album, Perceptual. The wait finally ended on May 8 with the release of Season Of Changes. In that eight year span, Blade was providing drumming for every big name out there, but still getting his FellowshipRead More

Half Notes: Jorge Albuquerque, Marcos Amorim, Rafael Barata – Revolving Landscapes (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron The thing that amazes me when exploring Brazilian music is that while there are usually a lot characteristics you can find in most music out of that country, overall the music is much more diverse than the Brazilians get credit for here in America. That really became especially apparent when absorbing the Northeast Brazilian sounds ofRead More

Half Notes: Bruce Eisenbeil Sextet – Inner Constellation, Volume 1 (2007)

S. Victor Aaron Evidently, the word “constellation” in your CD title means you’re gonna stretch people’s ears. But while Roseman does it with trippy reggae-jazz, Eisenbeil gets it done with good old fashioned free (read: whack) jazz. Eisenbell is clearly influenced by that godfather of free form guitar, Derek Bailey, but avoids the clone label by actually scoring his musicRead More

Half Notes: Josh Roseman – New Constellations (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron I remember trombone player Josh Roseman from his notable appearance on my favorite Charlie Hunter album. He had a certain sass in his sound that stood out and made me think he wasn’t content with being a run-of-the-mill bone player. But that thought never got much further until I got a chance to check out Roseman’sRead More