By Don Heckman The room was filled with an enthusiastic crowd at Catalina Bar & Grill Friday night for the 9th Annual Filipino American Jazz & World Music Festival. And with good reason. A long sequence of performances in the Festival once again underscored both the quality and the quantity of first rate Filipino and… Read More Live Jazz and World Music: the 9th Annual Filipino American Jazz & World Music Festival at Catalina Bar & Grill.
For Last Minute Shoppers Only (We Need All the Help We Can Get) By Brian Arsenault Peggy Duquesnel All I Ask For Christmas (CD Baby) There’s a real neat Christmas music album that for whatever reason I didn’t get around to reviewing. Peggy Duquesnel’s All I Ask For Christmas is the complete package. You get… Read More Brian Arsenault’s Short Takes: CDs and DVDs from Peggy Duquesnel, Roy Orbison, Julie Cain and Favorites from 2013
In Dreams The Last Concert 25th Anniversary Edition (Legacy) By Brian Arsenault There was a time – about when the British Invasion occurred and for some years thereafter — when Roy Orbison had faded from America’s musical consciousness. He hadn’t had a hit for a while after a seemingly unending stream of them in the… Read More CD Review: Roy Orbison
Louminous By Brian Arsenault I was feeling pretty good. Saw both my real football and American football teams win this weekend. It’s been cold and windy. But sunny. Then I went on the damn internet and saw that Lou Reed had died. Lou who took me to Berlin — “Oh baby, it was paradise” —… Read More An Appreciation: Lou Reed
Hans Groiner (Larry Goldings in disguise) offers some new perspectives on the music of the inimitable Thelonious Monk — with a few laughs along the way.
Of Body, Mind and Heart By Brian Arsenault Body Salsa De La Bahia: (Patois Records) A Collection of SF Bay Area Salsa and Latin Jazz Maybe this remarkable album should be reviewed by a Spanish speaker. But maybe not. The music is universal even if you dance like an awkward gringo (present) or don’t dance… Read More Record Rack: Salsa De La Bahia, Mark Dresser Quintet, Fred Fried and Core
By Don Heckman Robert Davi conjured up more of his musical magic Thursday night at Vibrato. Backed by the sextet that supported him at the club last December, he once again celebrated the Frank Sinatra legacy of song, style and story telling. Although he may be best known for some of his high visibility roles… Read More Live Music: Robert Davi at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
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
“Jazz Dispute” by Jeremiah McDonald, a film-maker and actor who identifies himself as the “Weeping Prophet,” has been going viral on YouTube since 2006. If you haven’t seen it, now’s the time. Starting with the Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie recording, “Leap Frog,” McDonald creates a brilliantly mimetic, one-man musical pantomime. And in doing so he captures… Read More Video of the Day: “Jazz Dispute” by Jeremiah McDonald,the Weeping Prophet
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