Record Rack: Tord Gustavsen Quartet and The Frank DiBussolo Group

Of Music from Norway and Allentown, PA By Brian Arsenault The Tord Gustavsen Quartet:  Extended Circle (ECM Records) If God is Dead, his demise hasn’t prevented artists of serious purpose from seeking the spiritual, nay, creating the spiritual. Sacred music is never far from the mind and spirit of Tord Gustafsen whose compositions dominate Extended… Read More Record Rack: Tord Gustavsen Quartet and The Frank DiBussolo Group

Record Rack: Daniel Kirkpatrick and the Bayonets and Black Belt Karate

By Brian Arsenault Daniel Kirkpatrick and The Bayonets Alibis (Rock Ridge Music) About the time I’m thinking well this guy and his three piece band are maybe more “singer/songwriter” than rock. I mean you can understand just about all the lyrics. Does this guy understand rock ‘n roll. Does he? But after two kinda boring… Read More Record Rack: Daniel Kirkpatrick and the Bayonets and Black Belt Karate

Record Rack: Robin Bessier, Eliane Elias (and a few words for Boones the Cat)

Two Songbirds and the American Songbook  By Brian Arsenault The so-called American Songbook doesn’t get old.  It gets better.  Because artists of the day keep reinterpreting and expanding it.  The branches of the tree grow gracefully and the songbirds perch higher. Robin Bessier other side of forever (Whispering River) In  On the Road,  Sal Paradise… Read More Record Rack: Robin Bessier, Eliane Elias (and a few words for Boones the Cat)

Record Rack: Little Lonely, Michael and The Lonesome Playboys

LA Saves Country  By Brian Arsenault Who would have thought that some offbeat, funky musicians based in the City of Angels would save heartland American Country Music?  Really.  Pop crap slid over from rock ‘n roll and migrated to Country in recent years. Someone needed to save it. I’m aware of the current nomenclature of… Read More Record Rack: Little Lonely, Michael and The Lonesome Playboys

Record Rack: Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst; Noah Preminger and Terri Lyne Carrington

Of Americana Rock, American Tenor Sax and American Genius Reprised  By Brian Arsenault The range of great American music never ceases to amaze me.  When they’re writing about our civilization, such as it is, a number of centuries hence I am quite sure it will be our music that is most treasured and remembered.  Unless… Read More Record Rack: Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst; Noah Preminger and Terri Lyne Carrington