Lila Downs Jazz At Lincoln Center New York, NY October 11, 2014 On her two-day residence at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Lila Downs showcased a solid set of old favorites alongside new material from Raiz (Sony Latin, 2014), a collaboration with singers Soledad and Niña Pastori. Backed by an eight-piece band rounded out by Paul Cohen (Musical Director/tenor saxophone), Jugo Moreno (trumpet), George Saenz (trombone & accordion), Leo Soqui (accordion/keys/jarana and shoe percussion), Rafael Gomez (acoustic and electric guitars), Luis Guzman (electric and ukulele bass), Samuel Torres (percussion) and Luis Huerta (drums), ...read more
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters Fillmore Auditorium Denver October 4, 2014 Robert Plant's new album, Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch, 2014), is an atmospheric affair; music suitable for horseback riding at twilight in misty woods while on the lookout for the Headless Horseman. Perhaps the Led Zeppelin tune most closely matching the feel for many of the songs on the new album is No Quarter." So it was entirely appropriate that Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters began their concert Saturday night with... No Quarter." Plant and his band went on to ...read more
Kurt Elling: Passion World" Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Perelman Theater Philadelphia, PA October 5, 2014 Kurt Elling has repeatedly proved his mettle as a vocalist, accumulating so many Downbeat awards and Grammy nominations that it seems superfluous to once again critique any of his performances. One can only say, Ditto, he's done it again." But, because he keeps developing his scope, it's always worth taking a new look. A telescopic perspective can help. The last time this reviewer saw Elling live was a decade ago ...read more
Carl Bartlett, Jr. Jazz At Kitano New York, NY September 25, 2014 Alto saxophonist Carl Bartlett, Jr.'s musical bloodlines run deep. The son of Carl Bartlett, Sr. and nephew of Charles Bartlett (who formed an R&B show and dance band The Bartlett Contemporaries"), Carl, Jr. has the pedigree. He also has the chops. Bartlett attended the Manhattan School of Music. In his short career he has graced the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Lonnie Liston Smith, Roy Hargrove and others. Along with the members of his quartet (Yoichi Uzeki on piano, ...read more
Los Lobos The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington VT October 1, 2014 Los Lobos are celebrating four decades together by returning to their acoustic roots on tour in support of their live release of late last year, Disconnected in New York (Shout Factory, 2013). And the band certainly celebrated on their return to Burlington after a five year absence, offering an progressively loose and raucous performance that nevertheless never lost its decidedly intimate mood for the course of the two sets. Perhaps because he had missed the previous two stops due ...read more
Steve Earle & Shawn Colvin The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY September 27, 2014 Grammy Award winning singer-songwriters Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin brought their Stories & Songs: Together Onstage" tour to Westbury Long Island on a warm and pleasant Saturday evening in late September. After opening the evening's performance with a short but sweet cover version of the Everly Brothers classic Wake Up Little Suzie," Earle announced, We'll be singing songs and telling stories on stage together tonight. I'll sing some. Shawn will sing some. We'll sing some together...and ...read more
Glenn Tilbrook City Winery New York, NY September 26, 2014 Touring solo without his long-time writing partner Chris Difford no longer seems to be terrifying for Glenn Tilbrook. Over the years throughout all of the (many) break-ups, stops, starts, reformations and reconfigurations of Squeeze, Tilbrook has managed to build a very credible solo canon of work. Always at home on stage, Tilbrook's solo song-writing continues to evolve. As the co-writer of all of those fantastic Squeeze songs, Tilbrook was responsible for the music and Difford the lyrics. During the past dozen or ...read more
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