Blues CD Review: “True Blues” by Various Artists

True Blues (Telarc)  By Devon Wendell In a time when most practicing blues artists pay more attention to the overly guitar driven indulgences of late 60s blues-rock and, for the most part, have lost sight of the music’s richest traditions and subtleties, it’s refreshing to hear a compilation dedicated to the true originating masters of… Read More Blues CD Review: “True Blues” by Various Artists

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Record Rack: Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst; Noah Preminger and Terri Lyne Carrington

Of Americana Rock, American Tenor Sax and American Genius Reprised  By Brian Arsenault The range of great American music never ceases to amaze me.  When they’re writing about our civilization, such as it is, a number of centuries hence I am quite sure it will be our music that is most treasured and remembered.  Unless… Read More Record Rack: Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst; Noah Preminger and Terri Lyne Carrington

Record Rack: Spin Doctors, Bracher Brown and Quattro

            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

Record Rack: The Rolling Stones and the Animals (Reissues)

Not Fade Away After Half a Century  By Brian Arsenault Vinylphiles rejoice.  If you still have a vinyl player that turns at 45 revolutions per minute, ABKCO has a very special treat indeed for you in honor of Record Store Day this Saturday (April 20).  Remarkably, there are 700 independent record stores still around in… Read More Record Rack: The Rolling Stones and the Animals (Reissues)

Record Rack: Barry Altschul, Troy Roberts, Renee Yoxon and Mark Ferguson

The Old, the Young and the Silver Tongue By Brian Arsenault Barry Altschul The 3Dom Factor   (TUM Records) On the occasion of his 70th birthday, Barry Altschul proves that the passing years haven’t slowed his drumming or dimmed his compositional skills. Economy of motion and precision of thought seemingly take the place of youthful exuberance… Read More Record Rack: Barry Altschul, Troy Roberts, Renee Yoxon and Mark Ferguson

Brian Arsenault’s Short Takes: CD Reviews of Luis Munoz, The Sweet Remains and Chris Potter

Of the Allure of Light, Harmony and Sirens (the dangerously beautiful ones) By Brian Arsenault Luis Munoz Luz  (Pelin Music) If she won’t kiss you while this plays and the lights are down, things just aren’t going to work out. Percussionist, composer and arranger Luis Munoz in Luz (Light) brings us beautiful instrumentation, often in… Read More Brian Arsenault’s Short Takes: CD Reviews of Luis Munoz, The Sweet Remains and Chris Potter

CD Review: Jimi Hendrix “People, Hell and Angels”

Jimi Hendrix People, Hell and Angels, (Experience Hendrix/Legacy Recordings) By Brian Arsenault So I’m thinking, ‘Hey, Jimi’s been gone better than four decades, so how can they keep releasing new albums?’  Or rather, I’m thinking that right up to the second cut, “Somewhere,” when I start thinking, feeling what a joy it is to hear… Read More CD Review: Jimi Hendrix “People, Hell and Angels”