Sometimes a Reviewer’s Just Lucky Three Very Different Albums Connected Only by Their Excellence By Brian Arsenault Spin Doctors If the River Was Whiskey (Rufus Records) If you’re a ‘90’s kid, chances are you can still remember the words to Spin Doctors’ “Pocket Full of Kryptonite” and that favorite guy anthem to the… Read More Record Rack: Spin Doctors, Bracher Brown and Quattro
By Don Heckman I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. A night at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill, Jazz…etc. is a great way to hear jazz. So here it is – again. Last Saturday night we were in Vibrato’s comfortable room at the top of Beverly Glenn, seated at one of the club’s best… Read More Live Jazz: The Larry Koonse Quartet at Vibrato Grill, Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 15. (Mon.) L.A. Jazz Orchestra Unlimited. With Kenny Burrell. Guitarist/educator Burrell leads an aggregation of some of the Southland’s fine big band players. Catalina Bar & Grill. (223) 466-2210. – July 16. (Tues.) Nora Rothman. With an appealing vocal style, young jazz artist Rothman offers what she describes… Read More Picks of the Week: July 15 – 21
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov 14. (Wed.) David Sanborn. Alto saxophonist Sanborn is the star of pop jazz, r & b and crossover. But at the heart of his playing is a deep involvement with the essential elements of straight ahead jazz. Catalina Bar & Grill. http://www.catalinajazzclub.com (323) 466-2210. – Nov. 14. (Wed.)… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 14 – 18
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 6. (Wed.) The Ernie Andrews Quartet. The stylish, versatile Andrews – as convincing with a ballad standard as he is with the blues — performs with the bebop-driven alto saxophone of Richie Cole, and the stellar rhythm section of Art Hllary, piano, Richard Simon, bass and Ralph Penland,… Read More Picks of the Week: July 5 – 10