Live Music: Quincy Jones’ Global Gumbo All Stars at the Hollywood Bowl

By Michael Katz In 1970, when I started collecting jazz albums, one of my first was Quincy Jones’ Walking In Space.  I’d heard the title tune from the show Hair on the radio, along with the killer version of Benny Golson’s “Killer Joe.” I’d recognized many of the soloists: Hubert Laws, Freddie Hubbard, Toots Thielemans.… Read More Live Music: Quincy Jones’ Global Gumbo All Stars at the Hollywood Bowl

Q & A: Nathan East

By Devon Wendell Nathan East’s long, illustrious career has firmly established him as one of the world’s top bass players and an impressive composer.  Recently I had the chance to speak with with him about his latest release with the group Fourplay, “Let’s Touch The Sky,” as well as some of the high points in… Read More Q & A: Nathan East

Live Rock: Sheryl Crow and Colbie Caillat at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein On a surprisingly cold night for early September, Sheryl Crow and her band rolled through the Greek Theater last weekend and gave the capacity crowd a classic demonstration of the old adage, “The show must go on.”   As the program began, Crow — wearing sparkling shorts that showcased her very toned… Read More Live Rock: Sheryl Crow and Colbie Caillat at the Greek Theatre

OpEd Commentary: The Numbers in the Music

By Fernando Gonzalez The recently released Recording Industry in Numbers 2010, the report by the International Federation of Phonographic Industry, the London-based organization that represents record companies, offers a snapshot of the changing state of the business. Predictably, overall sales numbers declined (at 7% globally) — and the industry sees piracy as the most important… Read More OpEd Commentary: The Numbers in the Music

CD Songs of the Holidays: The Jackson 5, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Ultimate Motown

By Don Heckman The Jackson 5 “Jackson 5 Ultimate Christmas Collection” (Motown) What a great soundtrack for the holidays. The Jackson 5 with little Michael Jackson singing the lead on, among others, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” “Up on the Housetop,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” And there’s… Read More CD Songs of the Holidays: The Jackson 5, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Ultimate Motown