By Roger Crane Dear Fellow Fans of the Good Stuff The 1954 Love Me or Leave Me was a superb movie and soundtrack. It is certainly Doris Day’s greatest musical performance as an actress. In fact, for decades, many film critics, fans, writers would view the Academy’s failure to nominate Day for her portrayal of… Read More A ROGER SONG SCOUT AURAL BACK RUB: “It All Depends on You” by the flawless Doris Day
By Devon Wendell Los Angeles. It was a night of sheer “crossover” bliss with Gregory Porter and Diana Krall with The L.A. Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl on Friday night. Diana Krall took the Bowl stage with her current touring band (Anthony Wilson, guitar/arranger, Stuart Duncan, violin, Patrick Warren, keyboards, Dennis Crouch, bass… Read More Live Music: Diana Krall, Gregory Porter and The Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl
By Devon Wendell Thelonious Monk has been labeled “The High Priest of Bebop.” Yes, Monk’s contributions to the bebop era were essential in the development of the music. But Monk was so much more than that. No one played piano like him or thought the way he did when composing or covering even the most… Read More Doc Wendell’s Prescription For Monk: “Thelonious Monk – Thelonious Himself” (Riverside)
by Brian Arsenault Soul Music Secular and Sacred or Sacred and Sublime Halie Loren: Butterfly Blue (Justin Time Records) Halie Loren glides in flight on her new album Butterfly Blue from newly composed musical poetry to the songbook of American music on the wings of a deepening and darkening musical sense, an extraordinary accompanying group… Read More Record Rack: Halie Loren and The Monks of Norcia
“A perfectly wonderful jazz vocal album” By Roger Crane, the Song Scout A classically trained mezzo-soprano who swings? Yes – and her name is Lena Seikaly. Although only 25, she is an established composer who has written many classical and jazz arrangements for small ensembles, choirs and full orchestra. She is also an educator, a… Read More CD Review: Lena Seikaly’s “Looking Back”
By Don Heckman Bel Air. Mention an area of the music world and Steve Tyrell has been there and done that. Whether it’s from a business perspective, running a record company or producing albums by major artists, or if it’s in the creative arena, clearly establishing his own identity as a performer Tyrell knows how… Read More Live Music: Steve Tyrell at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Jane Monheit’s in town again this week for another of her holiday season visits. She opened at Catalina Bar & Grill on Friday, continued on Saturday and will also perform at the club tonight (Sunday) and Monday, finishing up Tuesday with a New Year’s Eve appearance. And that’s great news for fans… Read More Live Jazz: Jane Monheit at Catalina Bar & Grill