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Something Else! Festival 2019

Read "Something Else! Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Something Else!
St. John the Evangelist Church
Hamilton, Ontario
June 20-23, 2019

I must confess that I spend very little time in churches, so I would not normally be inclined to spend the first weekend of summer in one. But sometimes exceptions must be made, and such an exception ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Appreciations: Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill (1986)

I’m not going to tell you, in the wake of Adam “MCA” Yauch’s death on Friday, that I was a huge Beastie Boys fan. The truth is, I haven’t thought about them in years. But for people of a certain age, and I happen to be of that age, the act’s 1986 breakthrough album Licensed to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Randy Hoexter Group - Fromage (2012)

When John Stetch led a piano trio through interpretations of television theme songs on a CD released a few years ago, I was intrigued, and ultimately, charmed, by this originative collection of covers. TV Trio, as this record is called, even wound up on my year-end “best of 2009″ list for mainstream and modern jazz, because ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Something Else! Interview: Allen Toussaint, Hall of Fame Singer-Songwriter and Producer

Something Else! Interview: Allen Toussaint, Hall of Fame Singer-Songwriter and Producer

Allen Toussaint, fonky-fonky pianist, writer and producer of untold hit songs, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and first-chair favorite son, makes his annual appearance this week at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – a tradition, he says, “which I dearly, dearly love.” Then, he plans to resume a completely revitalized solo recording ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Eddie Gomez - Per Sempre (2012)

Eddie Gomez - Per Sempre (2012)

Always an impressive technician, Gomez has an identifiably soulful sound—sometimes from the very first plucking of his bass. That has carried him through an impressive array of settings, from traditional trios and fusion-infused amalgams all the way over into the delicate lyricisms of chamber jazz. The forthcoming Per Sempre fits squarely into the latter category, as Gomez ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Lyle Lovett - Release Me (2012)

Lyle Lovett - Release Me (2012)

If you know anything about Lyle Lovett, the tongue-firmly-in-cheek title of his forthcoming release—his last for Curb Records, the only label he's ever recorded for—will come as no surprise. Neither will the fact that, by pure force of intellect, personality and humor, the Texas singer-songwriter is able to mold what can only charitably be called an odds-and-sods ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Carolina Chocolate Drops - Leaving Eden (2012)

The Carolina Chocolate Drops, despite their rocket-ride to Grammy fame in 2010, hadn't yet made an album that captured their live set's boot-scooting, blues-belting string-band revivalist verve—until now. Producer Buddy Miller brings a candle-lit ambiance to the proceedings, allowing the band to wander ever deeper into backwoods musical influences from across the Deep South. Again stirring in ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Jim McCarty Discusses Jeff Beck's Ouster from the Yardbirds: "He Had to Go"

Jim McCarty Discusses Jeff Beck's Ouster from the Yardbirds: "He Had to Go"

The Yardbirds, famous for such 1960s-era tracks as “For Your Love," “Over Under Sideways Down," and “Heart Full of Soul," served as a launching pad for three of rock's most recognizable guitarists—Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Co-founding drummer Jim McCarty recently returned to the band's separation from Beck, which actually happened on tour after ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Josh Ginsburg - Zembla Variations (2012)

Josh Ginsburg - Zembla Variations (2012)

In a couple of days, bassist/composer/bandleader Josh Ginsburg will issue his first album, one he's clearly ready for. Zembla Variations, inspired mainly from his Red Hook, Brooklyn environs, finds Ginsburg sliding into those composer and bandleader roles with confidence after already establishing himself as a sideman for an impressive list of jazz notables. Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jeff ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Charles Gayle Trio - Streets (2012)

Charles Gayle Trio - Streets (2012)

Like Giuseppi Logan, tenor saxophonist Charles Gayle was in the thick of it during the free jazz revolution taking place in New York during the 1960s. Also like Logan, Gayle's choice of profession forced a meager existence on him that eventually led him drop out nearly completely out of sight by the end of that decade. ...