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Album Review: Phil Alvin – Un “Sung Stories”

With the departure of Dave Alvin in 1986, it looked the Blasters were finished. So it was no surprise that guitarist Phil Alvin took the opportunity to record and release his first solo album, Un “Sung Stories”. But Alvin’s solo debut found him traveling far from the straight-ahead rockabilly sounds of the Blasters. On three

Hundred-word Reviews for August 2019, Part Three (Archival)

Time for a look at ten new albums featuring reissued, compilation and/or archival material. Rock, jazz and beyond. Collect ’em all, kids! Soul Asylum – While You Were Out / Clam Dip & Other Delights Minneapolis’ Soul Asylum labored in relative obscurity for quite awhile before their national breakout. They became a household name with

Hundred Word Reviews for August 2019, Part Two

Ten more reviews. All new music, covered in the space of 100 words each. Jazzmeia Horn – Love & Liberation I love instrumental jazz, but I have to admit that vocal jazz resonates less strongly with me. Thus, you’ll find remarkably few reviews here that cover jazz vocalists. This is well worth an exception; very

Heart Still Beating Strong: Chick Corea’s ‘Antidote’ (Part Three)

Continued from Part Two … Are you at all intrigued by recent developments in keyboard technology? I’m thinking of things like the Continuum Fingerboard. Or do you prefer to stick with tools that are tried and true? Well, I’m always interested because instrument makers provide you with the instrument. The thing is is that when

Heart Still Beating Strong: Chick Corea’s ‘Antidote’ (Part Two)

Continued from Part One … With regard to the older songs for which you recorded the new versions on Antidote, was there kind of a specific mindset at work in terms of how you approached them differently? Absolutely, absolutely. First of all, one factor was a totally practical one. Because if I had had the

Heart Still Beating Strong: Chick Corea’s ‘Antidote’ (Part One)

Keyboardist Chick Corea is a giant in the jazz world. Composer of several tunes now considered standards, he has also been a key figure in the pioneering field of jazz fusion. His work with his ’70s band Return to Forever stands alongside work by Miles Davis, John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell – many of whom

A Passion for Jazz: Jason DeCristofaro

Jason DeCristofaro has a full schedule. Looking only at his list of performances booked for the second half of 2018, one finds over 70 engagements. And these aren’t all the same show over and over: the prodigiously-talented musician—he plays vibraphone, piano and various percussion instruments—works in many different genres. But his primary focus as an

Album Review: Miles Davis — Complete Birth of the Cool

I’m not afraid to say it: I know my rock. Especially if it’s prog, psych or powerpop, I feel quite confident sharing my informed opinions on the music. To a lesser extent, that’s true when it comes to soul and blues; my knowledge of the forms doesn’t approach scholarship, but I’ve heard a lot and

Make Someone Happy: A Conversation with Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett needs no introduction, so we won’t give him one. Here’s a recent Q&A with the acclaimed singer, now in his 93rd year. In recent years you’ve done highly successful collaborations with Lady Gaga and Diana Krall. If you had the ability to go back in time and work with someone you didn’t get

Love is Here to Stay: The Legacy of Tony Bennett

In the history of popular music, Tony Bennett stands tall. His professional singing career can be said to have started at age 13 when he was a singing waiter in New York City’s Queens borough, but it was only after serving in WWII that he landed a recording contract. Bennett’s recording career has seen him