Perfect From Now On was released in January 1997. Whoa. It’s always been my favorite BtS record, because while their other releases are strong, I’ve a thing for meandering, grand rock songs. I do. And while Doug Marsch is also a musicians guitar player, he also excels at both writing melodies and arranging. So, despite […]
How great is it to discover new music you love, especially when it’s nearly 60 years old?! I’m a fan of drummer Shelly Manne, and have been since I made a fantastic discovery about a decade ago that also happened to send me down the high-end/vintage audio path I’m on today. A Brief History I […]
A new trio recording from pianist Ethan Iverson along with Ron Carter and Nasheet Waits. I am really digging this more traditional setting from The Bad Plus member. Tracks include a mix of tunes from the trio alongside songs from Count Basie, Andrew Hill, Charlie Parker and others. Favorite track today is Song for My […]
In the early 90’s, Bill Frisell composed music for the Buster Keaton films The High Sign, One Week and Go West. His trio – with bassist Kermit Driscoll and Joey Baron on drums – performed the music at St. Ann’s in Brooklyn, NY in 1993. In 1995, they released two discs including the one featured […]
This one has been on my list for a while – see my Year in Music post – and gets frequent spins. Virtual spins. Streams…Wait, I think the vinyl is available now…hold on. Yep. It’s on the way. Will follow up on that soon. In the meantime, if you are looking for a great new […]
21st century interpretations of Thelonius Monk’s music arranged for a 15 piece band. This is innovative, engaging and intriguing in it’s depth. Still absorbing it… Check it out.
Today it’s trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s soundtrack for The Comedian. Joining Blanchard are Ravi Coltrane and Kenny Barron, Carl Allen, David Pulphus and Khari Allen Lee. Check it out.
Band leader and trumpet man Sean Jones’ 2014 release captured his quartet live with no overdubs. Old school is the way, at least for this fan, when it comes to this kind of improvised music. The energy and in the moment interplay makes for an engaging session. This immediacy also lends to the recording quality. Check […]
Stian Westerhus is a formidable improviser/guitarist with a reputation for intense live performance. On, Maelstrom he focuses those skills on more song oriented material. And, he sings. Very well, I might add. If I must attempt to describe the tunes, they are post-rock ballads of a sort. I feel this is a weak attempt to […]
John Zorn’s second release with the organ trio, delivering intense, heavy tunes. The Lineup: Trevor Dunn: Bass John Medeski: Organ Marc Ribot: Guitar Kenny Grohowski: Drums Matt Hollenberg: Guitar