by Devon Wendell During a time in which pop musicians on the Billboard charts, radio, and television seem to know very little about harmony, class, or originality, it’s certainly refreshing that Motown has released three classic collections of some of their greatest artists appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show. On the DVD The Best Of… Read More DVD REVIEWS: “The Best of the Temptations on the Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Best of the Supremes on the Ed Sullivan Show,” “Motown Gold From the Ed Sullivan Show”
The Temptations 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961-1971 (3 CDs) (Motown) Diana Ross and the Supremes 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961 – 1969 (3 CDs) (Motown) by Brian Arsenault If you are old enough to remember, you know how good this music is. The close harmonies, the lyrics of love and betrayal, the emergence… Read More CD Reviews: The Temptations and the Supremes
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 27. (Tuesday) Opening Night Gala at Disney Hall. The new season kicks off with a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, performed by the stellar combination of Herbie Hancock, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Also on the program, An American in Paris and the… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 26 – Oct. 2
By Mike Finkelstein On Friday night Cheap Trick rocked the Greek Theater in the tradition of Big Rock. Some thirty-two years after the release of their most successful album, Dream Police, the band played a two hour show and had their act pumped up to an impressively high level from start to finish. The night… Read More Live Rock: Cheap Trick’s Dream Police featuring the Bombastic Symphonic Philharmonic with the Rhythmic Noise Mind Choir in 4D
By Don Heckman Janis Siegel was back at Vitello’s Friday night, a little more than a year since her last gig at the Studio City jazz spot. And it was a welcome return. Although her extraordinary vocal skills have been on display for decades with the Manhattan Transfer, her solo performances have been rare –… Read More Live Jazz: Janis Siegel at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman The row of stretch limos lined up inside the mini-mall at the top of Beverly Glen Tuesday night made it instantly clear that some sort of special event was taking place at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. As it was. Frank Sinatra’s name in the title of any musical event lends a unique cachet,… Read More Live Music: Robert Davi Sings Sinatra at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
. . “All music is folk music, man. I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song.” Louis Armstrong . . To read more quotations of the week, click HERE.