omar hakim. we are one. OZmosis. Multi-talented drummer/keyboardist omar hakim has burnished jazz and pop credentials since the 1970′s: for every madonna, david bowie, nile (CHIC) rodgers, weather report, sting gig, there was work with marcus miller, miles davis, mike manieri and hakim’s trio of OZ with pianist rachel Z who appears here. Crafted third solo album– in 14 years; adventurous jazz fusion band includes great guitar from chieli minucci; tenor by bobby fracheschini; jerry brooks, bass; synths, rachel z. + scott tibbs.
joe beck. get me joe beck. whaling city sound. This man, joe beck (1945-2008), said the guitar is a six piece band; his gift, on this posthumous release, is to take the familiar and surprise you– for example, a nine-minute manha de carnaval. actually, he’s not afraid of long or the jazz standard. trio rounds out with peter barshay on bass; david rokeach @ drums; soft spot in my heart for coastal town No. Dartmouth, MA (near New Bedford) where whaling city sound originates
the nels cline singers. macroscope. mack avenue. I have never achieved lift-off with this group, though individually –scott amendola, trevor dunn, cyro baptista– i follow their work. the author, guitarist /composer nels cline wanders the extra-terrestrial route, away from the known–and i am lost. probably i need to listen more; the faithful, of which there are many, will find this and worship.
iguanas. juarez. piety street. the fortunate could have heard this mighty band on the streets of New Orleans french quarter sunday, april 13. if you weren’t there, this rhythmic gumbo does the trick. wit, chops & compositional skills from a seasoned group that loves to push sonic borders.
major and the monbacks. monback house party. self. Norfolk, Va-based nine member party band boasts multiple guitars, percussion, horns. Their set list runs the gamut from pop to r&b to soul to blues to sky’s the limit.
john mayall. a special life. forty below. Turning eighty, British bluesman john mayall has produced a gorgeous, personal studio recording, his first in five years; new band includes rocky athas, guitar; greg rzab, bass guitar/percussion; jay davenport @ drums; + c.j.chenier guesting with his accordion. mostly originals with a nod to albert king and sonny landreth.
terry hanck band. gotta bring it on home to you. delta groove. Intrepid surfer in a earlier life, tenor/singer/songwriter terry hanck & his men keep the East Bay, Ca. blues clubs dancing. Mostly originals playlist.