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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

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

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