Jon Anderson: Invention of a New Musical Collaboration

Former Yes vocalist Jon Anderson kicked off a tour with two of his old band mates, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman on October 4; Anderson Rabin Wakeman already has dates scheduled into the end of March 2017. But in June 2016, Anderson released the product of a collaboration with Swedish multi-instrumentalist Roine Stolt (Flower Kings,

Hundred-word Reviews for June 2016, Part 2

Five more quick reviews. Some great stuff here. Today’s five all fall pretty neatly into the progressive rock category. Security Project – Live 1 Tribute acts can be a dodgy affair, especially when the subject of said tribute still performs. But these guys are truly legit. One, Peter Gabriel no longer performs his early solo

Album Review: Yes — Like It Is: Live at the Mesa Arts Center

2015 sees the release not only of Yes‘ Progeny recordings, but another live set, Like It Is: Live at the Mesa Arts Center. The latter was recorded in the summer of 2014, but features complete performances of the same albums that the Yessongs tour promoted: 1971’s Fragile and 1972’s Close to the Edge. A lot

Album Review: Yes — Progeny: Seven From Seventy-Two

It was just a bit more than three years ago today that I got the opportunity to speak with Chris Squire of Yes. Though he was never put forth as the “leader” of the group – more than most any other group of the era, Yes never really seemed to have one out-front, in-charge member

Hundred Word Reviews for May 2015, Part 10

Over the last nine business days, I’ve surveyed 45 albums of new, reissued, and/or archival music from a wide array of artists in jazz, prog, soul, rock and other genres. Each review has been exactly 100 words. Today I wrap up that series of capsule reviews with a quick look at five video releases. Jack

The Bobby Lance Story

Late in 2014, I was contacted by the music reissue label Real Gone Music. Label head Gordon Anderson asked me if I’d be interested in writing the liner notes for an upcoming release. I had already done a number of projects for RGM, including a Brotherhood CD reissue, a Cannonball Adderley title, and a Rick

A Thanksgiving Feast of Mini-reviews

Customarily, I take Thanksgiving Day off from posting to the blog (it’s one of very few days in which I do that). In fact I generally write the pieces days in advance, so trust me: I am taking today off with family. But for anyone who tunes in today or after, I present a few

Honeymoon Hundred-word Reviews, Part 1

I’m on my honeymoon this week, so I thought it would be a good time to offer up some backlog-clearing entries in my occasional series of Hundred Word Reviews. And though the musical styles are all over the map, there’s a theme of sorts this time: each of the acts reviewed has been covered previously,

Coming Attractions: September 2014

Happy Labor Day to my readers in the USA; happy September to them and everyone else. This month is going to be an especially event-filled one for me: near the end of September, I will be getting married to my sweetheart. The plan is for my normal posting schedule to continue, with some minor modifications.

The Universe of Captain Sensible, Part One

Concept albums have been around for quite awhile. Opinions differ as to which was the first of the lot: some say The Pretty Things‘ SF Sorrow, while others pick the most obvious and high-profile release, The Who‘s Tommy. Still other insist that Freak Out by Frank Zappa‘s Mothers of Invention deserves the nod. All of