Author Archives: Mike Greenblatt

About Mike Greenblatt

A longtime music journalist, Mike Greenblatt is a contributing editor with Goldmine magazine.

3 CDs PROVE TO BE EXEMPLARS OF 3 DIFFERENT GENRES

Tom Paxton photo copyright Michael G. Stewart095

At 77, Tom Paxton has taken over for Pete Seeger, who passed last year at 94, as our link to pure authentic folk music. Rudresh Mahanthappa rules supreme on the alto sax. And New England upstarts The Luxury takes a hint from bands like U2, Pink Floyd and Oasis.

FOUR NEW BLUES CDs KEEP THE GENRE VITAL

Jorma

I was 18 when Jorma and his band Jefferson Airplane rocked my socks off at Woodstock in 1969. I’m 64 now and Jorma is still a thrill. He headlines this installment of “Filled With Sound.” Smokin’ Joe Kubek, Bnois King, Eric Sardinas and Tinsley Ellis are his blues-drenched opening acts.

Four New CDs Spotlight Oldies, Jazz, Blues and Soul

Brad Hatfield - For A Change (Cover)

Four New CDs span the gamut of sound from the avant-garde squeaks, squeals and grunts of John Coltrane and the soul-stirring Chicken Mambo of Fabrizio Poggi at The Spaghetti Juke Joint to Brad Hatfield’s bravery and the everlasting contributions of Bert Berns, a man who died way too soon.

GOING BACK IN TIME

Count Basie

Out of the four legendary artists featured in this current installment of “Filled With Sound,” only fusion pioneer drummer Alphonse Mouzon is still alive. Yet Count Basie, Hank Jones and Stevie Ray Vaughan will always live, in my household and in the households of millions, by what they put down in studios and on stages.

Hot New Disks: Jazz, Blues, Rock and the Great American Songbook

Jeff Coffin

Alice Cooper might be fitting fodder for a film, but that’s not the only pleasure I’ve encountered this week. Markus James finds the missing link between Africa and Mississippi. Annie Lennox can croon a tune for real as she interprets some American delectables. And wonderfully eccentric Jeff Coffin (pictured) continues to amaze with his eclecticism.

Indescribable and Uncategorizable, 5 CDs To Salivate Over

Lisa Mills - I'm Changing PR Photo by Darina Neyret

You can’t exactly call Lisa Mills a blues singer. You can’t exactly call Kaye Bohler a soul singer. The same goes for the other three artists encapsulated herein. For instance, what happens when you put a Polish jazz trio with a Swedish saxman? All will be answered in due time.

NEW CDs SHOW THE DIVERSITY OF JAZZ

Conrad Herwig by Martin Cohen

Conrad Herwig has made a career of showing the Latin sides of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Now comes arguably his best of all: “The Latin Side Of Joe Henderson Featuring Joe Lovano. That and three other brilliant new takes on the ever-evolving jazz scene is the subject of this week’s “Filled With Sound” blog.