By Devon Wendell There has been quite a bit of hype for multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and sardonic poet Doc Wendell over the last decade. As a teen in New York City, Wendell worked in the studio with Donald Fagen and Steely Dan on their “comeback” album Two Against Nature. The late John Lee Hooker nicknamed… Read More Q&A: Doc Wendell – A Twist Of Misery
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 Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 28. (Tues.) Satoko Fujii. The envelope stretching music of pianist Fujii, a brilliant composer/improviser will be enhanced by the presence of the similarly adventurous trumpeter (and her husband) Natsuki Tamura. The Blue Whale. (213) 620-0908. – June 29. (Wed.) Bob Sheppard’s East West Band. Saxophonist-flutist Sheppard can always… Read More Picks of the Week: June 28 – July 4
By Devon Wendell The death of Joseph William “Pinetop” Perkins on Monday March 21, 2011 marks the end of an era of true, original Mississippi Delta blues pianists. Perkins was born in Belzoni, Mississippi and was nicknamed “Pinetop” for his highly regarded renderings of Pinetop Smith’s 1928 classic Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie. Eventually, he recorded it… Read More An Appreciation: Pinetop Perkins, R.I.P.
The State Of The Blues of Yesterday And Today By Devon Wendell I recently had a candid conversation with Kim Wilson. Wilson has been the front man and co-founder of The Fabulous Thunderbirds for over 30 years now and has also enjoyed a fruitful and influential solo career. Considered by many to be one of… Read More Q & A: Kim Wilson