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Category Archives: musicians
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I’ve been sleeping under a rock. I so enjoyed HBO’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Anniversary show that I watched it several times. One of the reasons was Jeff Beck’s performances, which featured an exceptionally talented bassist, Tal Wilkenfeld. … Continue reading
Martin Sexton is truly an independent artist. Having become disgruntled with his original contracts, he started his own label. Rich by no means, Sexton works when he wants to and makes enough to keep going. His is a true passion for what he does and it shows. Continue reading