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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit.

Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

Jay Leonhart: Don't You Wish?

Read "Don't You Wish?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Jay Leonhart has been active as a jazz bassist from the 1960s, and since 1983's Salamander Pie (Digital Music Productions, 1990), he has, from time to time, headlined records as that rara avis, the singer-songwriter who plays acoustic bass rather than acoustic guitar. (one example: “Goodbye, Miami" from the debut--it sounds more prescient day by day.) ...

ARTICLE: MIXCLOUD

The Gift of Music (Part 1)

Read "The Gift of Music (Part 1)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Holidays are the season of gift-giving and music makes the perfect gift. So here's the first of a two part series featuring some of my favorite tunes as my holiday gift to end the year on a positive note.

Happy Listening!

Playlist

Donald Fagen “The Nightfly" from The ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Joe Caro & The Met Band to release new recording “Every Dog Has His Day” (Innsbruck Records)

Guitarist Joe Caro & The Met Band to release new recording “Every Dog Has His Day” (Innsbruck Records)

When you hear the cover songs on Joe Caro & the Met Band’s Every Dog Has His Day—classics from Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Carole King and one Great American Songbook standard—your first thought may very well be, I’ve never heard those songs played like that before! Then it occurs to you that the original compositions ...

ARTICLE: JAZZMATAZZ

Remembering Walter Becker

Read "Remembering Walter Becker" reviewed by Matt Hooke

Steely Dan combined rock and jazz in a way no other artist has ever done. Their music is not simply “jazzers slumming it" to make profitable rock recordings, but a precise blend of the two genres that shows the musicians love for both. On Sunday one of the two architects of Steely Dan, Walter Becker, died ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Sextones: Moonlight Vision

Read "Moonlight Vision" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Led by songwriter, singer and guitarist Mark Sexton, The Sextones retreated to the relative isolation of Prairie Sun Studios in Sonoma (one of Tom Waits' favorite recording locations) to lay down their full-length debut. “One of the intentions of Moonlight Vision's production was to have a sonically classic sounding album--sounds that are reminiscent of music we ...

Groovin’ Hard In Every Style

Read "Groovin’ Hard In Every Style" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Big Mean Sound Machine
Runnin' for the Ghost
Peace & Rhythm | Blank Slate Records
2017

On Runnin' for the Ghost, Big Mean Sound Machine sounds intent on obliterating every imaginable musical border: the lines between regional or geographic styles, the divide between acoustic and electronic instruments, the ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Just Doesn’t Get It (Unless He Does?)

Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Just Doesn’t Get It (Unless He Does?)

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen was recently quoted griping about how he is no longer making enough money from his recorded music, and although it's hard to feel too badly for someone as financially successful as Fagen, his frustration does provide us with an interesting snapshot of music revenue overtime. Guest post by William Paterson University Professor David Philp from Musicbiz 101 When ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs At The Paramount

Read "Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs At The Paramount" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs
The Paramount
Huntington, NY
July 5, 2017

Michael McDonald has had a long and storied career. In the early days he was a member of Steely Dan's touring group. Over time he became one of the many adjunct members of the band, working on 1975's Katy ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Khan: Backlog

Read "Backlog" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Steve Khan's love affair with Latin music germinated in the 1980's with his stellar Eyewitness recordings and continued to develop in a number of releases including 2011's Parting Shot and 2014's Subtext both on Tone Center Records. Backlog is third in this series and represents some of the esteemed jazz guitarist's finest work to date.