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.
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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.
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.
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.