CD Review: Eric Van Aro’s “Endless Roads”

By Brian Arsenault The last time I reviewed an album by this guy in early 2014, I complimented his reclaiming stellar jazz singing for the guys in the face of so many fine current female jazz singers. This time, with Endless Roads, Eric Van Aro has reestablished the stripped down rock/pop sound amidst an avalanche… Read More CD Review: Eric Van Aro’s “Endless Roads”

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CD Review- Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (Columbia/Legacy)

By Devon Wendell Many jazz aficionados like myself have been waiting for a live box set like this one for most of our lives and it’s finally here. Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 consists of 4 CDs featuring 20 years of Miles Davis performances (8 shows in total) showcasing Miles… Read More CD Review- Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (Columbia/Legacy)

CD Review: Van Morrison’s “Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue”

By Brian Arsenault I started getting happy listening to Van Morrison’s Duets:Re-Working the Catalog” (RCA) about the time George Benson was singing as smooth as he always is on “Higher Than The World” and I was downright grinning through Van and Georgie Fame’s “Get On With The Show.” Pure 50s jukebox. Drifters, Coasters, gratuitous but… Read More CD Review: Van Morrison’s “Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue”

CD Review: Dave Stryker’s “Messin’ With Mister T”

By Devon Wendell What could be better than guitarist Dave Stryker and his famed organ trio (Jared Gold: Hammond B3 organ, and McClenty Hunter: drums with Mayra Casales guesting on Percussion) paying tribute to Stryker’s ex-employee and mentor, the legendary tenor sax giant Stanley Turrentine? On Messin’ With Mister T (Strikezone), Stryker has assembled an… Read More CD Review: Dave Stryker’s “Messin’ With Mister T”

CD Review of the Day: Royal Southern Brotherhood’s “heartsoulblood”

Royal Southern Brotherhood heartsoulblood (Ruf Records) By Brian Arsenault What the so-called blues “purists” don’t understand is called out on critic John Sinclair’s liner notes to the superb heartsoulblood recently released by Royal Southern Brotherhood. To wit: “Here Cyril Neville points out (on the album’s second track) that ‘rock & roll is the child of… Read More CD Review of the Day: Royal Southern Brotherhood’s “heartsoulblood”