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
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov 14. (Wed.) David Sanborn. Alto saxophonist Sanborn is the star of pop jazz, r & b and crossover. But at the heart of his playing is a deep involvement with the essential elements of straight ahead jazz. Catalina Bar & Grill. http://www.catalinajazzclub.com (323) 466-2210. – Nov. 14. (Wed.)… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 14 – 18
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 20. (Wed.) Jane Harvey. The remarkable Jane Harvey’s career dates back to gigs with Benny Goodman in the ‘40s. Now well into her ‘80s she continues to draw critical raves for her performances. Click HERE to read a recent iRoM review of a Harvey appearance. Catalina Bar… Read More Picks of the Week: June 20 – 24
Note of Hope, A Celebration of Woody Guthrie (429 Records) By Brian Arsenault So what do you do when reviewing the words of an icon set to music and recorded by other icons, legends and even Studs Terkel? Well, first of all you wonder why a major recording of Woody’s words — and Woody was… Read More CD Review: A Celebration of Woody Guthrie
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 8. (Tues.) Corky Hale and Friends. “I’m Glad There Is You.” Pianist, harpist, singer and imaginative producer Hale assembles most of the cast of prime talent on her album I’m Glad There Is You. The impressive line up includes Sally Kellerman, Ariana Savalas, Tricia Tahara and Brenna Whitaker,… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 8 – 13.
By Mike Finkelstein A quick glance at the billing of David Lindley opening up for Jackson Browne Friday night at the sold out Greek Theater couldn’t help but make fans eagerly anticipate the two sharing the stage at some point. After all, Lindley had been a member of Browne’s band and a key player… Read More Live Rock: Jackson Browne and David Lindley at the Greek Theatre
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 19. (Mon.) Rachael Sage. The music of New York singer/songwriter Sage has been described as “Elton John Meets Kate Bush,” but she’s a lot more unique than that – a musical happening in her own right. Genghis Cohen. (323) 653-0640. – July 19. (Mon.) Elvis Schoenberg’s Orchestre Surreal. … Read More Picks of the Week: July 19 – 25
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 11. (Tues.) John Pisano Guitar Night. Every Guitar Night — Tuesdays at Spazio — is a great night for music. And this one’s even more special, with Pisano trading licks with the versatile, imaginative Larry Koonse. Tom Warrington‘s bass keeps the dueling guitars in line. Spazio. (818) 728-8400.… Read More Picks of the Week: August 11 – 16