Filled With Sound

Blogged by Mike Greenblatt

4 New CDs are a Glittering Display of Genre

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Four new CDs are among state-of-the-art jazz, rock, classical and pop: add a string quartet to the Danny Green Trio and you’ve got some impressive European classical despite the band being from San Diego. Then there’s Kendra Lou’s personal pain, Jim Rotondi’s manifestation of being blue and Jim McKinley’s penchant to just rock out.

Delicious Catfood: El Paso Label Releases Two Gems

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Come May in Memphis and it’s my educated guess that 64-year old singer/guitarist Johnny Rawls will be picking up yet another blues award from The Blues Foundation. The Mississippi native has just had his “Tiger In A Cage” released by Catfood Records out of El Paso, Texas, and it’s a damn fine barn-burner of old-school soulman-styled rhythm’n’blues.

ELVIS PRESLEY “TODAY”

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The release of “Today (Legacy Edition)” contains not only the original 1975 release but a stripped-down “naked” version of that still-pure Presley voice without all the glitz and glamour: No strings, no background choirs or kitchen sink heavy-handed studio trickery.

Jaco Movie Filled with Great Music and Tears

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He was an international rock star. The problem was he was also bi-polar and eschewed treatment for acceptance of his condition. Thus, he lived to 35. But what he accomplished in that short time will never be duplicated again. “Jaco,” the movie, lays it all out.

Strange Bedfellows: 311, Cradle Of Filth and James Taylor

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In a world filled with choices, it is my contention that listening to the heavy metal screeching bombast of Cradle Of Filth makes the soothing sounds of James Taylor all the more profound. Likewise, Taylor’s beauty, “Before This World,” makes me yearn for the alt-rock of 311. And vice-versa. It’s all good, as they say.

Rock pioneer Bobby Whitlock hits the road again

Bobby Whitlock and his wife CoCo Carmel. Photo by Todd V. Wolfson/courtesy of Kayos Production.

Playing the songs that have lived on for generations — songs that he wrote with Eric Clapton — Bobby Whitlock and his talented wife CoCo Carmel will travel 5,000 miles to 11 cities on their “Just Us” tour that will feature a different hotshot guitarist in each city.

Allen Klein Bio by Fred Goodman a Blockbuster!

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Allen Klein wasn’t a musician, producer, arranger or composer, yet he altered the course of rock’n’roll by sticking up for his clients against the corporations. He got filthy rich doing so yet the more he made, the more he wanted. This is the story of a megalomaniac who fought battles for Sam Cooke, the Stones, Beatles, Who, Kinks, Animals and Donovan, but lost the ultimate battle for himself.