Hal Crook: Hero Worship

Working in conjunction with only Mick Goodrick’s supple guitar and the drums of longtime post-bop favorite Paul Motian, Hal Crook, perhaps the silkiest trombonist of this generation, introduces here five…

Before & After: Bill Laswell

…played acoustic a little bit. Did you ever get into Jeff Beck, or work with him? I worked with him. We worked on [Mick Jagger’s solo debut, 1985’s She’s the…

Jim Hall: The Emperor of Cool

…felt that John Scofield, Bill Frisell, John Abercrombie, Mick Goodrick, and myself all have a particular relationship to what Jim hit upon in terms of phrasing and dynamics. Yet at…

Industry Survey

…hype-it’s the rare CD with all killer, no filler. The most delightful charted song in smooth jazz this year came from old friend Mick Hucknall-from Simply Red. His “Sunrise” single-a… Read More “Industry Survey”

Vernon Reid: Mistaken Identity

…Pheeroan akLaff. Reid would eventually solidify the group as an all-male quartet and release 1988’s partially Mick Jagger-produced Vivid (Epic), the album that made the band a suburban rock phenomenon….

Ginger Baker 1939-2019

…the archetypal British blues band led by Alexis Korner. Other members included vocalist and harmonica player Mick Jagger, guitarist Brian Jones, saxophonist Graham Bond, and bassist Jack Bruce. By that…