CD Review: Harvey Mason “Chameleon” (Concord Records)

By Devon Wendell For those curious as to what Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters would sound like in 2014 sans Herbie; legendary drummer Harvey Mason’s latest album Chameleon would be the best example of that one of a kind jazz-funk style in a slightly more contemporary setting. Mason played drums on the original Head Hunters album in… Read More CD Review: Harvey Mason “Chameleon” (Concord Records)

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Live Music: Queen Latifah and Roy Ayers at the Hollywood Bowl.

By Don Heckman Maybe the drops of rain that were scattering across the seats at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night should have been a warning.  Not that we were going to be driven away by a rare July thunderstorm.  No.  Although a few sprinkles persisted, there was no significant rainfall. But there was a program… Read More Live Music: Queen Latifah and Roy Ayers at the Hollywood Bowl.

Live Music and Film: Bill Frisell and “The Great Flood” at Royce Hall

By Michael Katz One of my regrets from the Monterey Jazz Festival was missing guitarist Bill Frisell’s commissioned piece.  So Saturday night’s performance in support of the Bill Morrison film The Great Flood at UCLA’s Royce Hall gave me the opportunity to experience another facet of Frisell’s diverse musical oeuvre The 75 minute film, presented… Read More Live Music and Film: Bill Frisell and “The Great Flood” at Royce Hall