Interview with Philip Sayce: his music, albums and career.

Photo: Julien-Payette
Photo: Julien-Payette

By Martine Ehrenclou

Quite by accident, I stumbled upon the music by Philip Sayce. A referral from Spotify, based on my listening tastes. I sat down with with his latest album, Scorched Earth,  headphones on. For once, I was at a loss for words. This was no ordinary guitar player. He could sing too, an unusual combination.

With seven albums to his name before the recently released live album, Scorched Earth, I could compare the Toronto native to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Hendrix as others have. You can hear [Read More]

By |2018-01-29T10:14:56+00:00February 12th, 2017|Interviews|0 Comments

Concert Review: The Last Waltz 40 Tour Led by Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald & Jamey Johnson

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by Michael A. Weiss

NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NY, February, 3, 2017– The Last Waltz 40 Tour concert was a fresh and innovative celebration of The Band’s enduring legacy performed by an all-star musical lineup of Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald Jamey Johnson, John Medeski, Don Was, Terrance Higgins, The Levee Horns, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville and Bob Margolin.

Staying true to each respective member’s prodigious musical bloodline, this “super group” not only masterfully performed the songs from The Last Waltz movie and communicated its inimitable Americana [Read More]

By |2018-01-29T10:14:56+00:00February 17th, 2017|Concert Reviews|2 Comments

Check Out This Amazing Band: Leonid & Friends

by Martine Ehrenclou

Leonid & Friends is an extremely tight, contemporary jazz-rock band from Moscow. Their cover tune, “25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago, might surprise you. It sure did me.

According to their Facebook page, Leonid Vorobyev decided to gather his musician friends to record one of his favorite cover tunes by the band, Chicago. The success of that one song led to seven more and the addition of even more musicians, which includes not just vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keys, but a full horn section, violin, and flute.

Vorobyev claims it was a crazy idea.

Not so crazy. This band [Read More]

By |2018-01-29T10:14:57+00:00February 2nd, 2017|Video of the Week|32 Comments

Album Review: Bobby Rush: Porcupine Meat

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By Derek Malone

Bobby Rush is preternaturally nimble for an octogenarian, and still a sartorial peacock in his colorful, rhinestone-embroidered suit jackets and tight slacks. With a slick, black, jerry-curled hairdo, his mustachioed face seems perpetually graced with a broad smile. Like jazz great, Roy Haynes, he seems to have discovered a Fountain of Youth of his own in a life of ceaseless music-making and performing. A kind of James Brown of the blues, he has over 350 original songs to his credit, though he is still a relative unknown outside of the [Read More]

By |2018-01-29T10:14:57+00:00February 1st, 2017|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Album Review: The Last Days of Oakland by Fantastic Negrito

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by Derek Malone

Fantastic Negrito is one of the most interesting new artists to arrive on the contemporary music scene in some time. His origin story, at times both tragic and inspiring, is a fascinating one, perhaps all the more so because so few people know who he is. Yet.

The Last Days of Oakland, dropped June 3, 2016 on Blackball Universe, Negrito’s own indie record label. The album has been nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for best contemporary blues album.

The Last Days of Oakland is [Read More]

By |2018-01-29T10:14:56+00:00February 9th, 2017|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments