CD Review: Diana Krall “Wallflower”

By Don Heckman Diana Krall’s continuing quest to widen her already far reaching repertoire has led her to some of the most memorable songs of the ’70s and ’80s in this fine new Verve outing.  I’ve been hearing, seeing and writing about Diana in action since the ’90s. And I’ve been consistently awed by her… Read More CD Review: Diana Krall “Wallflower”

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Live Music: Three Dog Night at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center

By Mike Finkelstein Los Angeles.  On a wet Saturday night, Three Dog Night rolled into the beautiful new Arcadia Performing Arts Center to take us back into the early seventies for about seventy-five minutes. Playing live is truly the most immediate strand of being a professional musician. Particularly when the money is there, it’s great… Read More Live Music: Three Dog Night at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center

Live Music: Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein Los Angeles, CA.  Last Friday night at the Greek Theatre, Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience shared the bill and the stage with the looming presence of Led Zeppelin in absentia. There actually were more Led Zeppelin songs played this evening than those of anyone else.   Friday’s show saw Heart… Read More Live Music: Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at the Greek Theatre

CD Review: Mark Abel’s “The Dream Gallery: Seven California Portraits”

Mark Abel The Dream Gallery: Seven California Portraits (Delos Records)  By Brian Arsenault When you live in Maine as I do, the whole North American continent away, California is a dream, a myth.  Endless summers, movie stars, L.A. freeways, L.A. Woman.  Haight-Ashbury and noir novels from Raymond Chandler to Robert Crais.  It’s there somewhere over… Read More CD Review: Mark Abel’s “The Dream Gallery: Seven California Portraits”