Post Tagged with: "S. Victor Aaron"

Half Notes: Mike Marshall – An Adventure 1999-2009 (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron This is a compilation of some highlight tracks from Mike Marshall’s albums released under Adventure Music, a label he co-founded in the late 1990s. Going agaist the grain, the track sequence goes in reverse chronological order, which means two cuts from last year’s Mike Marshall’s Big Trio begin the collection. It works back to collaborations withRead More

Half Notes: Marc Cary Focus Trio – Focus Trio Live 2009 (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Last month, percussionist Sameer Gupta presented a CD that was one of the more creative fusions of East Indian and jazz music ever attempted. His keyboardist Marc Cary played a key role in that endeavor but the productive partnership extends to Cary’s own records, too. Live 2009 archives four performances over three days in July inRead More

Half Notes: The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble – Miles Away (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron A side project of hip-hop artist Madlib, the music is pretty much what the ensemble’s name advertises. It’s loose, trippy and stretched out. There isn’t a whole lot of standout improvisation going on, because this is more of a groovy vibe based affair. But as far as groovy vibes go, it does those things rather well.Read More

Half Notes: Matthew Shipp – 4D (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Shipp is one of the currently reigning giants of whack jazz, so that’s a good-sized hole we proud avant garde types left on this site. My short mention of his latest is merely a down payment to rectify that gap. This latest release, by the way, once again puts Shipp behind his piano with no accompaniment,Read More

Half Notes: Buckethead – Shadows Between The Sky (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Guitar whiz Buckethead has built a loyal following primarily by virtue of his fretted pyrotechnics. Among the several records he makes every year are the mellower, dulcet types that range from ambient to instrumental pop. In some ways , this toned-down record by a fiery guitarist has some parallels you could draw with Jeff Beck’s upcomingRead More

Half Notes: Animal Liberation Orchestra – Man of The World (2010)

S. Victor Aaron I haven’t heard this band prior to this album, but was curious about them after reading they were some sort of a jam band, like Phish, Dave Matthews or Humphrey’s McGee. Man of The World doesn’t really conjure up memories of those bands at all except to some degree “Suspended,” the seven minute plus lead-off track, butRead More

Half Notes: Jeff Beck – Emotion and Commotion (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron This one’s not dropping until April 13 and I’ve listened to it only a few times, but I think it’s a pretty easy album to peg. This is one Jeff Beck long player where there’s a lot more emotion happening than commotion. The stomping blues-rock fusion of “Hammerhead” excepted, much of the record recalls the slower,Read More

Half Notes: Carolina Chocolate Drops – Geniune Negro Jig (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Here’s a trio of African-Americans playing bluegrass, vintage country, jug and other hillbilly styled music, played the old-fashioned way. But just listen to the music and you’ll realize the appeal isn’t at all in the novelty of this setup. No, it’s because they play it so well. There’s agrarian humor (the only place where the joysRead More

Adrian Belew Power Trio – e (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron Guitarists who played in Frank Zappa’s band early in their career (Steve Vai, Mike Keneally) usually go on to greater success but like their old mentor, take paths not usually taken by rock stars. Adrian Belew falls squarely into that category. He was already good enough when he left The Mothers to tour and record withRead More

Robert Cray – This Time (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron Robert Cray’s era of peak popularity from the mid-eighties to the early nineties was due to his strong crossover appeal. Back then, he was a blues man at heart, but poured in a lot of soul and just a little bit of rock. His songs were modernized twists on the old themes of love found, loveRead More