CD Review of the Day: Carlene Carter’s “Carter Girl”

CARLENE CARTER Carter Girl (Rounder Records) By Brian Arsenault The connection between blues and rock has long been established and celebrated, bemoaned and argued about. Even the connection between blues and jazz has been recognized. Seemingly less considered has been the close relationship of country and blues. There are differences to overcome: white – black,… Read More CD Review of the Day: Carlene Carter’s “Carter Girl”

Live Music: Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman An extraordinarily well-planned performance at the Hollywood Bowl Friday night opened with a delightful appearance by Lyle Lovett and his Large Band.  Lovett’s far-ranging career has reached from acting to music, with a variety of stops in between. But heard in a wide open, Hollywood Bowl setting, driven by the jazz  rhythms… Read More Live Music: Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett at the Hollywood Bowl

Books: Scott Yanow’s “The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide”

By Don Heckman The jazz encyclopedist is at it again.  Scott Yanow, who must have reviewed every jazz recording released since 1975, when he turned 21, has published his eleventh jazz book. Not to mention the myriad of magazine and newspaper reviews, bios, press releases and more that he has written along the way. Following… Read More Books: Scott Yanow’s “The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide”

Short Takes: New CDs featuring Randy Sharp, Sharon Rays, Jack Routh and Maia Sharp

By Brian Arsenault Randy Sharp, Sharon Rays, Jack Routh and Maia Sharp  Dreams of the San Joaquin (Blix St. Records) It seems to me that Dreams of the San Joaquin should be the birth of a band.  They are that good together, whatever their sterling individual credits and talents. And San Joaquin wouldn’t be a bad… Read More Short Takes: New CDs featuring Randy Sharp, Sharon Rays, Jack Routh and Maia Sharp