No matter how tripping Mac Rebennack was at any stage of his golden-splintered career, jazz has always laid in the heart of Dr. John‘s oeuvre, which is only logical for a New Orleans-born musician. The Big Easy is also Louis Armstrong‘s birthplace, and again, it’s not surprising that Dr. John is going to pay a tribute to Satchmo on his forthcoming “Ske-Dat-De-Dat… Spirit of Satch” album; surprising is why did it take Mac so long. But he arrives at it anyway, on September 1st, and is surrounded by kindred spirits from the world of jazz and blues.
They are an English ensemble but there were some American members in SUPERTRAMP, and now two of these, guitarists Marty Walsh and Carl Verheyen, have released solo albums, both strewn with cameos from their famous friends. Neither Walsh, nor Verheyen aren’t considered a part of the ‘TRAMP history but they toured and recorded with the band and shared the stage in 1985-1986, and the latter is still in the line-up, so it’s an interesting coincidence with the timeliness of their current works. Continue reading →
A mythical figure for decades, the last years saw Judy Dyble gloriously coming back. Going from strength to strength, her 2013′s brace of "Talking With Strangers" and "Flow And Change" was little short of sensational, yet even more sensational was the folk heroine’s return to the stage. Not touring, no, but occasionally playing which makes each of her appearances more precious, and one of them resulted in the lady’s first-ever live album that’s out now. Continue reading →
It was on July 6th, 1957 that Paul McCartney met John Lennon, and it was 57 years and a day later, on July 7th, 2014, that he unveiled a video for “Early Days” from his latest album, “New,” where the ex-Beatle reminiscences on the past, although the mini-movie setting is American South, the idea thought up and proposed to the veteran by director Vincent Haycock. Premiered on the “Rolling Stone” site, it’s very stylish and featuring Johnny Depp alongside McCartney who actually jammed with the old bluesmen. Continue reading →