If you thought power ballads were dead and gone, think again.
Wavves is the one-man project of distortion architect Nathan Williams, or as I call him, No Age Jr.
For five decades, J.J.
Arguably the best band in metal today, Lamb of God brings a unified front to their material and their performances that’s hard to beat.
Saxophonist Wayne Shorter has played the Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival many times with many different musicians.
Like the mighty Os Mutantes before them who rocket-launched Brazilian pop into extraterrestrial territories, Coconot, a trio that includes Pablo Díaz-Reixa (aka El Guincho), introduces tropi
Twins, they are. Nels now enjoys crossover attention for Wilco, and that’s probably the rationale for the simultaneous release stunt.
Alt-country is making me cynical. There may have been something unique and vibrant to start with, but we’ve ridden the cliché train too far to remember anything original.
Now in his 70s, Donald Bailey still swings hard. Joined by the dynamic saxophonist Odean Pope (long a member of Max Roach’s band), Bailey presents a varied program.
If you can get past the deadpan, can’t-tell-if-they’re-joking German vocals and they-must-be-joking song titles, including tongue-in-cheek gems like “Shopping Blitz” a