One woman paved the way in 1984 for pop to progress, another woman has finally accepted her birthright, and a third woman makes a stunning debut that should attract major attention in various genres.
From West African Pop and California Hard Rock to Cuban Salsa and Hungarian Classical, two new releases stretch genre limitations to expand the vocabulary of jazz.
Today’s Fellaheen is a cross between Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Captain Beefheart. Yesterday’s Monk has stayed fresh and vital for 45 years…with no preservatives. Oh, and Daunielle rocks. Put ‘em all together and you’ve got one eclectic brew of super-stimulating proportions.
Finally! A boxed set that soulfully captures the young Eric Burdon, lead singer of The Animals, at his hungry best, a rugged blues shouter as valid and true to the music as anyone at the time. Plus, this Animals Tracks book, although flawed, is fascinating.
There’s a ton of great music out there over and above what’s shoved down your throat every day by corporate interests. These five artists play the blues, keeping a great tradition alive and adding their own distinctive flavors.
The Blind Boys Of Alabama will blow the roof off the MuskiFest Café in Bethlehem PA as part of the 2014 Blast Furnace Blues Festival. Between the blues brunch with New Orleans cuisine, the workshops for guitar, harmonica, voice and even dance, as well as the legendary headliners, this is the place to be on Feb 7, 8 & 9.
With Hollywood adapting his auto-biography for the silver screen, his new youtube station, and the release of his Christmas album on vinyl, 2014 is looking great for this legendary rocker.
Two great bands and one hot mama: Big Star may have broken up 38 years ago but interest is at an all-time high. Monkeyjunk takes its name from a Son House quote so you know where that band is coming from! And Samantha Fish? Well, all it takes is one listen … or one look.
Push the envelope of the jazz genre with daring new releases that challenge the mind and heart from artists Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, Marc Cary Focus Trio, Brian Hass and Matt Chamberlain, Myra Melford, Gretchen Parlato, Ahmad Jamal, David Hazeltine Trio and Stan Getz at his Montreux best.
Sting previews his upcoming Broadway musical on new CD. Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan feels right at home in Austin, Texas. Saxophonist Kenny Garrett releases the jazz album of the year. Longtime Detroit guitarist Howard Glazer and New Orleans Legend Cyril Neville have the blues. Pennsylvania rock’n'roll band A.D.D. has learned its lessons well…and its rhythm section is only 15!