Doc Wendell’s Prescription For Bebop: Art Farmer’s “Early Art” (Prestige)

By Devon Wendell Romance is deadly. No matter how it’s glamorized in books, poems, songs, plays, or movies, it’s a dangerous state of being. It’s chaos driven by pure impulsivity without measuring the consequences of what waits for you on the other side of it all. For a musician it means exposing your vulnerabilities for… Read More Doc Wendell’s Prescription For Bebop: Art Farmer’s “Early Art” (Prestige)

CD Review: Van Morrison’s “Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue”

By Brian Arsenault I started getting happy listening to Van Morrison’s Duets:Re-Working the Catalog” (RCA) about the time George Benson was singing as smooth as he always is on “Higher Than The World” and I was downright grinning through Van and Georgie Fame’s “Get On With The Show.” Pure 50s jukebox. Drifters, Coasters, gratuitous but… Read More CD Review: Van Morrison’s “Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue”

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: 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