Alias Patrick Kelly: Claiming His Inheritance

Patrick Kelly was a longtime fixture of the Asheville music scene back in the days when one could argue there really wasn’t a scene. As bassist for the Goodies, Kelly helped deliver a cabaret-flavored rock vibe to the Western North Carolina mountains. Today he’s back where he started, in Atlanta, and his original material –

Yellowjackets: Adding a Voice

More than a dozen musicians have been members of jazz fusion band the Yellowjackets since the group was launched in 1977. But keyboardist and founding member Russell Ferrante says that there are common threads that weave through all of the band’s music. “A strong sense of pulse and groove, a balance of structure and spontaneity,

My Favorite Year: ‘Coltrane ‘58: The Prestige Recordings’

1958 was a landmark year for saxophonist John Coltrane, and by extension for jazz as a whole as well. Coltrane had made his first recordings (in Hawaii with fellow Navy servicemen) some 12 years earlier, and played as a sideman with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk in the middle 1950s. and didn’t begin recording under

Drunken Prayer: Geer Diary

Morgan Geer is into a lot of things, musically speaking. He’s toured and recorded with Freakwater, the Handsome Family and other acts that exist on the edgy fringes of Americana. And since 2006, he’s also been releasing albums and performing as Drunken Prayer. Six albums in, Drunken Prayer has made its most diverse – and

Ghost-note: The Beat Goes On

In response to enthusiastic inquiries from fans, percussionists Nate Werth and Robert Sput Searight were inspired to launch their superstar side-project, Ghost-Note, in 2015. “Sput and I started taking drum solos together while on the road with Snarky Puppy,” Werth explains. “After the show, fans would approach us in awe and ask us how long

AJ Crawdaddy and the Language of the Blues

The West Coast blues tradition builds upon the styles and achievements of blues greats, with a healthy does of rock ‘n’ roll influence mixed in. A product of that tradition, Palo Alto-born guitarist Angelo J. Rossi – known to fans as AJ Crawdaddy – has been a fixture of the blues scene for decades. Rossi’s

We Get What We Deserve: Big Star — Live on WLIR

As the shopworn saying goes – it has been applied to other acts as well – Big Star was a group that sold very few records during its original existence, but nearly everyone who bought it went on to a career in music themselves. The Memphis group was originally led by Alex Chilton (who had

Album Reviews: Two Alex Chilton Compilations

Editor’s Note: Today’s something of a milestone: my 3,000th post. As a general matter, I make a point of not writing reviews that are a response or rebuttal to other views. In fact, for the most part, I avoid even reading other reviews, at least until after I’ve filed mine. But I have been struck

Procol Harum’s Salad Days (Are Here Again) Part 2 of 2

Continued from Part One… Novum stands on its own as an excellent album of new material. Can you tell me about the circumstances leading to making the first new Procol Harum album in many, many years? Well, that’s a very nice comment, I must put in there. Thank you very much. Because that is something

Procol Harum’s Salad Days (Are Here Again) Part 1 of 2

Formed in 1967, the sophisticated and forward-looking British band Procol Harum had its origins in a very different outfit, the Paramounts. Along with pianist/singer Gary Brooker, guitarist Robin Trower, multi-instrumentalist Chris Copping and drummer B.J. Wilson were part of a group that focused on American-style rhythm and blues. The band scored a UK Top 40