Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pianocircus featuring Bill Bruford: Skin and Wire

Skin and Wire is a collaborative effort among Pianocircus, a 20-year veteran group of six keyboardists; Colin Riley, an unclassifiable English contemporary composer; and Bill Bruford, the prog-rock drummer of Yes and King Crimson fame. Although Pianocircus has been performing for two decades as an innovative cooperative ensemble commissioning, performing and recording innovative new music, one cannot overlook the presence of Bruford on this CD both in name recognition and as an instrumental counterpoint to the six keyboards...MORE

Griffith Hiltz Trio: Now & Then

Griffith Hiltz Trio is comprised of long-time Toronto jazz men Johnny Griffiths (saxophone), Nathan Hiltz (guitar) and Sly Juhas (drums). Another well-known Toronto jazz fixture, Don Thompson, produced Now & Then and plays vibes or keyboards on half of the ten tracks. He also composed “12 Ton Blues.” All other tracks are composed by Griffith and/or Hiltz...MORE

Monday, October 26, 2009

Keb' Mo' The Somerville Theater, Davis Square, Somerville, MA

Keb' Mo' is fresh out on a tour (as of mid October) to promote his new CD, "Live & Mo." I got a chance to hear him at the Somerville Theater in Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts, Friday, October 23, 2009. It was some show, starting with the opening act, Kristina Train. Get free tickets by working on Keb's "Street Team" to promote the concert in your area. Check the tour dates for a performance near you: Live & Mo Tour

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Rob Paparozzi - Etruscan Soul

Long known for his excellent vocal and harmonica work as sideman for some of the foremost rock, blues and pop music acts (B.B. King, Cindy Lauper, Randy Newman, the Original Blues Brothers Band and currently as front man for Blood, Sweat & Tears) as well as recordings for movies and commercials, Rob Paparozzi has now released his solo debut, Etruscan Soul...MORE

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Hiroshima - Legacy

With an impressive thirty year career Hiroshima has proven itself worthy of this aptly named CD. In fact the group has such a deep history that Legacy, the inaugural release of a planned series of retrospectives, covers only the first decade of their work. Legacy is not an anthology of original studio recordings as was The Best of Hiroshima (Sony, 1994). Rather, it is a set of new recordings with the group’s current lineup which includes the two founding members Dan Kuramoto (saxophone) and June Kuramoto (koto), as well as bassist Dean Cortez, keyboardist Kimo Cornwell, percussionist Danny Yamamoto, and taiko drummer/percussionist Shoji Kameda...MORE