The Most Exciting (Jazz?) Pianist On The Planet? By Norton Wright Hollywood CA. Has there ever been a jazz pianist like Jason Moran? Not Jarrett, Evans, Corea, Brubeck, Peterson — not even George Russell — not even Moran’s mentors, Jaki Byard and Thelonious Monk. As with Jackson Pollock in the visual arts, Jason Moran may… Read More Live Music: Jason Moran in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musicians Institute
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 5. (Tues.) “And Then She Wrote.” Peter Marshall, Carol Welsman, Calabria Foti. Five time Emmy Award-winning Marshall (Yes, he sings, too) is joined by the lovely singer/instrumentalists Welsman and Foti in an evening of great standards written by women. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – June 5. (Tues.) Corliss Dale… Read More Picks of the Week: June 5 – 10
By Devon Wendell Listening to this new four-CD box set of The Jimi Hendrix Experience live at The Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco between 10/10/68-10/12/68, it’s very apparent that Hendrix was growing faster than his audience. By October of ’68, Hendrix had just released his third LP, Electric Ladyland, and his live shows had become… Read More CD Review: “Winterland — The Jimi Hendrix Experience”
By Tony Gieske From all the things I’d been hearing about the Bob Mintzer Big Band — a New York guy! — a Yellowjacket! — I thought I should bring my mind-plugs to Vibrato Tuesday to keep my head from bursting. But no! On first acquaintance, Mintzer turned out to have a gentle tenor saxophone… Read More Live Jazz: The Bob Mintzer Big Band at Vibrato
. . “Remember, information is not knowledge; knowledge is not wisdom; wisdom is not truth; truth is not beauty; beauty is not love; love is not music; music is the best.” Frank Zappa To wee more Quotations of the week click here .
by Casey Dolan The Lonely Forest “We Sing the Body Electric!” (Burning Building Recordings) When people say of Kurt Cobain that he had a pop composer’s sensibility, I never quite understand what they mean. He may have loved the Beatles, but he didn’t write like Lennon & McCartney. Bridges and choruses ape verses, dynamic changes become… Read More CDs on Shuffle: A Look at Some (Terrific) New Releases
by Casey Dolan On the 35th anniversary of his father’s recorded stand at the Roxy (“Roxy & Elsewhere”), Dweezil Zappa took his fine ensemble, Zappa Plays Zappa, to that venue for a four-night stand of his own. Wednesday night was the opening gig and it was an occasion which elicited much thought about pere and… Read More Zappa Plays Zappa at the Roxy — Opening Night
By Casey Dolan I live in a slim canyon in the west San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles and woke up this morning to the smell of smoke. Locals regard that smell as most fearsome. The density of oak, sycamore, pepper, Chinese elm, eucalyptus trees in our sliver of paradise would ensure that we’d all… Read More Casey Dolan: State of Mind