Category Archives: Music

Friday Night Concert Clip: Glenn Hughes/Joe Bonomassa “Medusa”

Former child prodigy Joe Bonomassa cut his teeth on blues/rock, playing Stevie Ray Vaughn licks by age 7. B.B. King heard him early and was bowled over. By the time he was 12, Bonomassa was opening B.B. King shows, subsequently touring with Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker, Gregg Allman and in 2009 played a stunner of a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall with special guest Eric Clapton. Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert Clip: Clark Terry, “Mumbles,” etc.

I love rock music. Raised on symphonic, classical and big band, my musical rebellion was fueled by rock. Like most of my generation, upon reaching my teens, I eschewed “serious” music for the sorcery of simpler composition; loud, amplified guitars, … Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert Clip-NOT (With The Real Tuesday Weld)

It’s no secret that commercial producers like to use catchy tunes/jingles in TV spots and a recent car commercial features a song by an assemblage of Brit musicians and creatives called The Real Tuesday Weld. Continue reading

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George Duke with Billy Cobham – “Rush Hour”

The joy that is jazz improv captured here among stellar musicians. Much can be written about this but I’d rather simply listen. What a gift to command so fluently this expressive alternate form of communication! Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert Clip: Rhinoceros- “When You Say You’re Sorry”

One of my favorite chicken-scratch/fusion funk/”southern-fried” (but not “southern”) confections of the late ’60s/early ’70s was Rhinoceros — a concocted “supergroup” conceived and assembled by management at Elektra Records — a label that among other distinctions, recorded at Jimi Hendrix‘s … Continue reading

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Nature’s Way of Telling Us (We’re Assholes)

One of my all-time favorites of the period was Spirit, a west-coast band of formidable talent and creativity. Spirit had a decent following, but never matched the financial success of many contemporaries, despite writing some of the decades’ most memorable songs. Today, as I watched the oozing crude billow menacingly in the Gulf Coast, I recalled an old saw by Spirit that’s no less pertinent today than the year it was released. Continue reading

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Alex Chilton Commemorated by Congress

As you probably have heard, Alex Chilton, one of the principals if not the driving force behind Big Star died this week of an apparent heart attack.  Bummer. At the tender age of 16, Chilton made a splash with the … Continue reading

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Muse-“Uprising”

Listening to XM/Sirius “Alternative Nation” this afternoon, I heard “Uprising,” by Muse.  Now, this isn’t what I typically listen to but its deep, infections pop hooks, solid, driving tempo, 80’s retro groove and Blondie lift found me shouting the chorus … Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert Clip: Peter Gabriel, “Solsbury Hill”

To the uninitiated, Peter Gabriel could be somewhat intimidating, apparently dropped from another planet. His stage presence was carefully crafted and painstakingly performed. Critics claimed that it distracted from the music, which most agreed was top-notch. Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert Clip: Tower of Power feat. Carlos Santana

Ever since I first heard Tower of Power, I was drawn to them.  Their red-hot chops, superb vocals and up-tempo crossover jazz-funk makes toes tap and asses wiggle, even among those not prone to do either.  Through decades, they’ve weathered … Continue reading

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