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”
By Don Heckman Bel Air, CA. It was another rare performance to remember Tuesday night at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. On stage, veteran jazz trumpeter, band leader and club owner Herb Alpert and his wife, singer Lani Hall, were backed by their fine rhythm team: pianist/keyboardist Bill Cantos, bassist Hussain Jiffry and drummer Michael Shapiro. Offering… Read More Live Jazz: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
Roisin O’Reilly Secret Life of Blue (3 U Records) By Brian Arsenault Secret Life Blue of begins with the Irish instruments on “Here We Go” rising like a summer storm. Then a voice so pure, Roisin O’Reilly’s, which I have compared to Joni Mitchell’s, as I can think of no higher compliment. Yet she has… Read More CD Review: Roisin O’s “Secret Life of Blue”
By Devon Wendell I was saddened when I learned that Hugh McCracken passed away of leukemia yesterday – March 28th, 2013 – in New York City. While working at Donald Fagen’s recording studio in New York in the 90s, I was constantly surrounded by the top session musicians of the world on a constant basis,… Read More An Appreciation: Hugh McCracken — A Fond Remembrance
Halie Loren Heart First (Justin Time Records) By Brian Arsenault Oh yeah, this is good stuff. If you could walk into a club with Halie Loren and this band playing the title song and all, you might never leave. You’d just learn to drink something like vodka on the rocks even if you never liked… Read More CD Review: Halie Loren “Heart First”