Johnny Winter Roots (Megaforce) By Mike Finkelstein This latest release from blues/rock legend Johnny Winter signifies one more move in the direction of his original roots in the blues. The album’s format is one of Johnny and a very boppin’ and rock-steady backing band (Vito Liuzzi on drums, Scott Spray on bass, Paul Nelson on… Read More CD Review: Johnny Winter’s “Roots”
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 30. (Wed.) Sting. One of the iconic masters of popular song makes a rare Southland appearance as part of his extended, “Back To Bass” tour. The Wiltern. (877) 686-5366. – Nov. 30. (Wed.) The Ron McCurdy Collective. Trumpeter/educator McCurdy blends his soaring trumpet sounds with the lush harmonies… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 29 – Dec. 4
EG Kight Lip Service (Vizzitone) By Brian Arsenault When this album started my first reaction was, “If Bonnie Raitt was Southern, this is what she’d sound like.” But that may just be my Yankee self talking, because what you really feel when you’re moving through Lip Service, E G Kight’s latest CD, is that you… Read More CD Review: EG Kight’s “Lip Service”
. “Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.” – Pablo Picasso . To read more Quotations of the Week click HERE.
By Don Heckman Here’s my annual, continual and growing list of the many musical reasons I have to be thankful. * * * * * – Every note Charlie Parker ever played. – Ditto for Louis Armstrong. – Bebop, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, Ray Brown, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Clifford Brown and more.… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Music I’m Thankful For
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 22. (Tues.) Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Trey McIntyre Project. New Orleans roots, at their most convincing authenticity are delivered by the Preservation Hall players in a fascinating collaboration with the entrancing choreography of the McIntyre Project’s modern dance. Disney Hall. 638 (323) 850-2000. – Nov. 22.… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 22 – 27
By Don Heckman Looking at the videos of police using pepper spray on U.C. Davis demonstrators, and using violent tactics on protestors elsewhere, has triggered a whole bunch of distant memories. As has much of the media coverage of the Occupy movement as it has grown in size and intensity around the country. The goals… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” — 44 years later and still timely