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Hundred-word Reviews for May 2022, Part 1

It’s time for some more hundred-word reviews. These quick capsule reviews get to the point quickly, and readers should note that all come recommended. Don’t be misled by the lack of a longer treatment of these releases; all are worth your time. Amoeba Teen – Amoeba Teen This band’s 2018 compilation Selection Box Vol. 1

Album Review: Louis Armstrong — The Nightclubs

A new compilation from Dot Time Records brings together an assortment of live performances by Luis Armstrong. Dating from the first half of the 1950s, these nine tracks (seven more on the CD version not reviewed here) document Satchmo playing with small ensembles in New York City and San Francisco clubs. The playing is spirited,

Album Review: Dave Brubeck Trio – Live from Vienna 1967

The latest in posthumous recordings courtesy of the Brubeck Editions series, Live from Vienna 1967 is a thrilling, you-are-there live recording featuring the pianist and superb sidemen Joe Morello on drums and upright bassist Eugene Wright. It’s worth noting that the November 12, 1967 performance at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria wasn’t supposed to feature

Album Review: Natalie Cole — Unforgettable…With Love

By the early 1990s, Natalie Cole was anything but a newcomer to the music world. Daughter of legendary Nat “King” Cole, she had long since established herself as an R&B/soul vocalist, and had racked up an impressive string of hit singles and well-received albums. Always reluctant to ride upon the coattails of her father –

30 Days Out, April 2022 #2: Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Karla Bonoff, Victor Wooten, Brian Jonestown Massacre

Steel-pan jazz, classic singer-songwriter, visionary funk/jam/beyond, and real rock ‘n’ roll. Those are merely the highlights of what’s featured in and around Asheville live-music-wise in the next 30 days. Artist: Jonathan Scales Fourchestra Venue: Asheville Music Hall Date: Thursday, April 21, 9 p.m. Door: $15 Scales is one of the most unque and visionary musical

Album Review: Pepper Adams – Live at Room at the Top

To date, my familiarity to the work of saxophonist and composer Pepper Adams has been minimal. I discovered and enjoyed a 2014 vinyl reissue of Bethlehem Records’ 1960 release Motor City Scene, featuring an uncredited Adams leading an all-star band through a lively set. And I dug his work on 1959’s Chet Baker’s Riverside album

Album Review: Bill Evans — Inner Spirit

A week’s worth of coverage of new vinyl releases continues with the second of two archival releases from a jazz giant. Bill Evans played Buenos Aires in 1973, and a recording of that performance has received legitimate release on Resonance Records. Six years later he was back again, for what would turn out to be

Album Review: Bill Evans – Morning Glory

A week’s worth of coverage of new vinyl releases kicks off with a vintage recording. Bill Evans earned fame for his work with Miles Davis, and went on to an acclaimed solo career. Much of the pianist’s most important work was done within the trio format; his short-lived lineup with bassist Scott LaFaro and Paul

30 Days Out, February 2022 #2: Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Jill Sobule, Pimps of Pompe, Bob Mould

I endeavor to shine a light on local artists in “30 Days Out.” This time I only cover one of those, because the touring acts coming to town are so noteworthy. Artist: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Venue: Asheville Music Hall Date: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Door: $15 advance / $18 day of show

Album Review: The Ed Palermo Big Band – I’ve Got News For You: The Music of Edgar Winter

Edgar Winter is most well known for a short list of things: his instrumental hit single “Frankenstein” and being the brother of (late) guitarist Johnny Winter are chief among those. But he’s a musician and recording artist of great import. Real Gone Music put together a best-of collection a few years back, and I had