Jean-Luc Ponty: “I Can Still Play in Tune!” (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… When Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty first got together in 2014 in Aspen, Colorado, they didn’t know what wold come out of their collaboration. “We brought some songs, and we spent three weeks rehearsing. We did the show, and then it was only after we had recorded it that the music

Jean-Luc Ponty: “I Can Still Play in Tune!” (Part 1)

Jean-Luc Ponty and Jon Anderson have long and distinguished careers in music. Anderson is known first and foremost as founder and longtime member of Yes, one of progressive rock’s most celebrated bands. And for many years – even before he parted ways with his longtime group – Anderson has worked outside of Yes on a

Only in America: The Lloyd Price Interview, Part 2

Continued from Part One… Any biographical sketch of Lloyd Price makes mention that he was one of the organizers of the legendary Rumble in the Jungle, the 1974 prize fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. That event took place in Kinshasa, Zaire. But what always goes unmentioned is Price’s involvement in Zaire 74, the

Only in America: The Lloyd Price Interview, Part 1

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Lloyd Price is a pop music legend. The Kenner, Louisiana native scored an impressive string of major hits, beginning with 1952’s “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” (#1 r&b), and continuing to rack up nearly thirty singles in the top 100 of U.S. pop and/or rhythm and blues charts. Several of his

November 100-word Reviews, Part 5

My current crop of hundred-word reviews wraps up with some odds and ends, all worth a listen. I generally don’t review from MP3 files, but in a few cases I make exceptions. Three of those are here. Fischer’s Flicker – Fornever and Never Scott Fischer operates under this nom de pop to make his uptempo,

November 100-word Reviews, Part 4

My roundup of worthy albums that deserve coverage continues with five more hundred-word reviews. Each of these deserves deeper coverage, but “so much music, so little time.” Dig ’em all. Jinx Jones – Twang-Tastic! The vibe here: Link Wray meets Brian Setzer, with a bit of The Cramps and Los Straitjackets thrown in for good

November 100-word Reviews, Part 3

Today as my regular series of hundred-word reviews continues, I turn my attention toward the sounds of Americana. For my purposes, the term is even more loosey-goosey than the one used by the Americana Music Association: I include blues, rock, and singer/songwriter styles. And why not? Various – In their Own Words, Vols. 1 and

November 100-word Reviews, Part 2

Aaaand we’re back for another fistful of shortish CD reviews. Today’s five – mostly with odd names, as it happens – are in the rock idiom; maybe a bit of prog here and there as well (okay, a lot). Filligar – Keepsakes of the Interior From what I can gather looking at the album sleeve

November 100-word Reviews, Part 1

It’s time for some more hundred-word reviews. Note that in my opinion each of these deserves fuller coverage, but with the large volume of good music about which to tell you, some tough choices had to be made. So 100 words each it is. Today’s group of five fall (at least loosely) into the jazz

Book Review: Experiencing David Bowie

A few years back, Book publishers Rowman & Littlefield initiated an intriguing series. Each book in that series – each with its own author – would explore a particular slice of music, be it a genre (say, jazz) or artist (Led Zeppelin, for example). The author would endeavor to provide the reader with a new