by Chris May
There's a stack of mighty fine jazz and blues music here, just about all of which has stood the passage of time well. But it has to be said that the other chief pleasure of Kornerstoned is historical, and of a train-spotting nature.
Korner, known as the Godfather of British Blues during his lifetime (1928-84), was a prodigious spotter of young talent, and many of the best known British R&B and jazz players of the '60s and '70s passed through ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
Amid stints with King Crimson, guitar hero Adrian Belew has continued his solo career with his Side One and Side Two recordings, recently adding this final installment. Following suit in numerical title only, this set finds Belew grouping stylistic pieces that didn't fit into the motifs presented on the previous albums. Though much acclaimed for his work as an experimental guitar-slinger, the artist is also a strong vocalist and crafty multi-instrumentalist.
With the opening Troubles," Belew incorporates twisted ...read more
by Michael McCaw
There is little question that for the public at large, pianist and bandleader Paul Grabowsky is the largest question mark when it comes to the personnel on this album. Holding company with Branford Marsalis, Joe lovano, Scott Tinkler, Ed Schuller, and Jeff Tain" Watts is no small feat. And although the liner notes to Tales of Time and Space attempt to answer the question of who Grabowsky is, the just-under-fifty Australian pianist is more than a musician with wide ranging ...read more
by Ken Dryden
Lorraine FeatherDooji WoojiSanctuary Records2005 Lorraine Feather's latest CD stands out from the swarm of new releases by singers because of her captivating, swinging vocals and witty lyrics, but there's a lot more to her appeal. Dooji Wooji blends many of her musical interests, starting with several instrumentals by Duke Ellington for which she wrote lyrics. These songs (composed between 1928 and 1939) were intended for an earlier release, but held up for ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
The Allman Brothers Band could have very easily been a casualty of the bad luck and bad decisions that have plagued many popular bands coming out of the early 1970s. Following the deaths of Duane Allman and Barry Oakley, the band continued to record with various personnel and configurations, never fulfilling the promise the band originally held. The recordings after Brothers and Sisters were largely disappointments until the band signed with Epic Records and produced a string of comeback records ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
It's a bit early, but here's my bid for Best Vocal Project of 2004. Lorraine Feather, daughter of the famed jazz historian/critic/composer Leonard Feather, has delivered a significant appreciation of the Ellington/Strayhorn oeuvre. In the early 1960s Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Sing Ellington got my attention and resulted in my examination, for the first time, of the Duke classics as presented by LH&R. It was only through their lyrics and presentation that I was able to hear the original solo ...read more
by Charlie B. Dahan
On Galactic’s new recording Ruckus they blend their usual spices of New Orleans funk, jazz and soul with the urban sound and feel of hip-hop music and culture, along with a healthy dose of dance and techno. Galactic has found a niche on the jam-band circuit, which encourages freedom of experimentation, and that is what this outfit has been doing for the past few years. They have dug into the soul of urban music and come up with the sound ...read more