Author Archives: Mike Greenblatt

About Mike Greenblatt

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

4 CDs: Kurt Weill, Salina, Angry Metal and Smoked Herring

salina

It’s a safe bet to assume you have never heard “Mack The Knife” interpreted like The Julia Hulsmann Quartet featuring Theo Blackman. Other sounds you have never ever heard before include a band comprised of but two bassists and a drummer plus the kind of introspective songs that Salina Sias (pictured) has brought from Texas to Brooklyn. We top it all off with some delicious post-bop Smoked Herring.

Mac Attack: The Doctor Is In

Dr. John

Seeing Dr. John at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s MusikFest Café is an experience like no other, for it is here where the venue itself is as big an attraction as the artists it brings in.

4 NEW CDs HIT THE SWEET SPOT

Bonamassa by Marty Moffatt

Spanning the gamut from rustic folk-blues tradition to son-of-a-bluesman soul…from an outstanding live tribute to two late legends by Joe Bonamassa to a Brooklyn collective’s crazy-sick surprises, we’re blogging big this time.

3 TRIPPY NEW JAZZ CDs + NEWLY RESTORED JIMI

Jimi

Jimi Hendrix would have loved the three eccentric eclectic (dare I say oddball?) jazz releases covered within. But as a young man, he just wanted to add hot licks in the bands of Little Richard, the Isley Brothers and Curtis Knight. Knight’s use of the future legend is on full display via Legacy’s “You Can’t Use My Name.” They didn’t. Can you pick him out?

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.