Rock CD Review: Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Mean Old Man”

Jerry Lee Lewis Mean Old Man (Verve Forecast) By Mike Finkelstein Often, when a host of stars gather together to record with one of their legendary influences, the results are rather ordinary.   Jerry Lee Lewis’ latest release, Mean Old Man, produced by Jim Keltner and Steve Bing, is a refreshing and tasteful departure from this… Read More Rock CD Review: Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Mean Old Man”

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Live Country Music: Willie Nelson and Family at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein Last Friday night, Willie Nelson and Family delivered a quickly paced and very satisfying 90-minute set to a Greek Theatre nearly full of his devoted fans.   Performing below an appropriately huge Texas state flag, Nelson and his band held court to present the songs in his inimitably sparse style.   Perhaps it… Read More Live Country Music: Willie Nelson and Family at the Greek Theatre

Jazz CDs: Canaries of August — Tessa Souter, Gretchen Parlato, Willie Nelson, Greta Matassa, Judy Carmichael

By Don Heckman Tessa Souter Obsession (Motema) There are some jazz singers who tell stories, some who become virtual instruments, some who transform songs into expressions of their own pain. Tessa Souter does all that — and more, from time to time — in her quest to inhabit a song, to give it a life… Read More Jazz CDs: Canaries of August — Tessa Souter, Gretchen Parlato, Willie Nelson, Greta Matassa, Judy Carmichael