CD Review: Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran — “Hagar’s Song”

Hagar’s Song (ECM Records) By Brian Arsenault For his 75th birthday, Charles Lloyd has released a most beautiful album, Hagar’s Song, with pianist Jason Moran. Stated simply, if you listen to many albums over many months you will not find beauty of this recording’s equal. Perhaps Lloyd has reached a point in his lengthy and… Read More CD Review: Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran — “Hagar’s Song”

Live Music: Brian Wilson at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

By Mike Finkelstein On Saturday night Brian Wilson played a homecoming show of sorts at the Cerritos Center for the Performing  Arts, a gorgeous venue with a sound that is on a par with its architecture.  In the late ‘50s/early ‘60s Wilson and his brothers grew up in Hawthorne just a few miles west of… Read More Live Music: Brian Wilson at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Picks of the Week: Aug. 23 – 28

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 23. (Tues.)  Clay Jenkins.  Good Signs  CD concert.  Trumpeter Jenkins celebrates the September release of his new CD with the stellar band on the album — guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist Tom Warrington and drummer Joe LaBarbera.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – Aug. 24. (Wed.)  Alan Ferber Quartet. Versatile trombonist… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 23 – 28

On Second Thought: The Beach Boys – “Carl & The Passions…So Tough”

By Dave Gebroe There is this strange phenomenon that occurs, wherein bands who’ve fallen out of touch with current trends, whose salad days are now naught but a series of scrapbook clippings, attempt to get with the times and take up a more commercial direction…and wind up unintentionally creating the least commercial music of their… Read More On Second Thought: The Beach Boys – “Carl & The Passions…So Tough”