The mid-seventies were a busy time for master keyboardist and jazz/rock icon George Duke. The projects he involved himself in that were the most visible at that time were his many recordings and tours with Frank Zappa, and his own band with drummer extraordinaire Billy Cobham.
I had seen both Duke and Cobham perform live, but separately – George with Zappa and Billy with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Both were simply incredible musicians and spellbinding to…Continue
Posted on August 9, 2013 at 2:30am — 2 Comments
Remember how our parents felt about our music?
They hated it.
And chances are if you’re over 40, you think today’s popular music is a bunch of noise too, and the kids who listen to it are uncontrollable heathens who wouldn’t know what good music is if it bit them on the rear end.
This phenomena of the older generation disliking the new generation’s music has been going on since the dawn of time. To be sure, there are exceptions to the rule – some young people…Continue
Posted on August 4, 2013 at 12:30am — 36 Comments
JJ Cale was nothing if not organic. Simple tunes with simple melodies and a blues bent were his trademark. He wasn’t a bad guitarist either, but Cale himself admits he knew he’d have to do more than play guitar if he was going to put food on the table. He had written “After Midnight” in 1962 and gotten on with his life, all but giving up on a music career. Then a young fellow named Eric Clapton recorded and released the song in 1970 and as Cale tells it, when he heard Eric…Continue
Posted on July 27, 2013 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments
Masterful song construction with a hard-edged delivery, that’s Bob Dylan in a nutshell.
In one of Dylan’s early works, both the song title and lyric warn that ”The times they are a’ changing.” But whether times have changed since then is debatable.
The best selling book of all time, The Bible, says that everything that is has already been and there is nothing new under the sun.
So who is right, Dylan or Ecclesiastes?
Posted on July 6, 2013 at 3:30am — 3 Comments