review Archive

Album Review: Tony Monaco Trio – Over and Over

If we’re honest with ourselves, we must acknowledge that when it comes to jazz, we’re dealing with a remarkably slim sliver of the listening public. As great as it is, […]

Album Review: The 23rd Turnoff – Michael Angelo

Depending on one’s mindset, the name suggests either a trademark late-’60s attempt to apply a psychedelic vibe to something ordinary, or merely something very pedestrian (as it were). The truth […]

Album Review: Prog Collective – Dark Encounters

The title of the sixth Prog Collective album telegraphs the direction in which the music goes; moody and minor-key is the order of the day. Less a group than a […]

Album Review: Omar Coleman – Strange Times

Born and raised on Chicago’s West Side, vocalist and harmonica player Omar Coleman got his first well-deserved break when he was featured on Severn Records’ 2007 compilation of current-day Chicago […]

Album Review: Danielle Nicole – The Love You Bleed

Electric bassist and singer Danielle Nicole (Schnebelen) debuted with siblings Nick and Kris as Trampled Under Foot in 2000. After honing both her considerable chops and stage presence with that […]

Album Review: St. Johns Wood Affair – s/t

An offshoot of sixties collectors’ darlings Nirvana, this group features that band’s Keith Smart. He’s joined on some tracks by Pat Martin of Unicorn; the core group of players backs […]

Album Review: The Cyrkle – Revival

Remember the Cyrkle? No? C’mon; think harder. The mid-60’s group scored a pair of Top 40 successes, first with Paul Simon’s pop confection “Red Rubber Ball” and again with “Turn […]

Capsule Reviews for April 2024 #2

There’s a real assortment of great new music that I’d like you know about. So here I present capsule reviews of five new titles in a variety of styles and […]

Reviews: Five New Power Pop (or Power Pop-adjacent) Titles

Emperor Penguin – Gentlemen Thieves The hardest-rocking of these five new releases, Gentlemen Thieves folds in glam and other rock styles to create a memorable set of songs. A strong […]

Album Review: Bernie Worrell – Wave from the Wooniverse

Musician and producer Bernie Worrell was a beloved figure here in my hometown of Asheville NC. While he didn’t live here, the keyboardist cultivated an ardent following in our mountain […]