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”

Jazz With An Accent: A Conversation with Sammy Figueroa

By Fernando Gonzalez Miami, Florida        Puerto Rican percussionist Sammy Figueroa is a versatile, resourceful player whose extraordinary career includes performing, recording and touring with a dizzying list of jazz, pop and rock stars and groups, including trumpeter Miles Davis, saxophonist Sonny Rollins (his current employer) and the Brecker Brothers but also David Bowie, David Lee… Read More Jazz With An Accent: A Conversation with Sammy Figueroa

Record Rack: The Rolling Stones and the Animals (Reissues)

Not Fade Away After Half a Century  By Brian Arsenault Vinylphiles rejoice.  If you still have a vinyl player that turns at 45 revolutions per minute, ABKCO has a very special treat indeed for you in honor of Record Store Day this Saturday (April 20).  Remarkably, there are 700 independent record stores still around in… Read More Record Rack: The Rolling Stones and the Animals (Reissues)

CD Review/ Rock-Blues: “The Warren Haynes Band Live At The Moody Theater”

The Warren Haynes Band  The Warren Haynes Band Live At The Moody Theater  (Stax/Concord Music Group)  By Devon Wendell Blues/Southern rock guitar veteran Warren Haynes has never been one to rest on his laurels. From his stints with The Allman Brothers, and his own group Gov’t Mule, Haynes has proven to be a powerful guitarist… Read More CD Review/ Rock-Blues: “The Warren Haynes Band Live At The Moody Theater”

CD Review: James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt, “All Wood and Doors”

James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt All Wood and Doors (Beachwood Recordings) By Brian Arsenault In my imagination, two old folkies walk into a bar and after a bucket of beers one of them says: “You know, we ought to record a CD of Doors songs.  They still got lots of fans, you know.” The… Read More CD Review: James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt, “All Wood and Doors”