Joe Lovano Notet: "On This Day"

Music | HIGH NOTES Aug 20, 2003

Joe Lovano Notet: "On This Day"

by Michael Pronko

As leader, improviser and arranger, Joe Lovano brings together bop, post-bop and free jazz into a three-dimensional form that swings hard. Whether his tenor sax sandpapers a hard bop line or squeals like a bird on speed, he leans on the past while looking ...

Joe Gibbs Production

Music | HIGH NOTES Aug 20, 2003

Joe Gibbs Production

by Tom Bojko

Soul Jazz Records has issued a couple dozen outstanding compilations of unusual music ranging from New York punk-funk and Philadelphia soul-jazz to Yoruba music and Haitian voodoo drumming. Particularly great are their releases of both vintage and modern Jamaican music, of which "Joe Gibbs ...

Gonna Vamp

Music | HIGH NOTES Aug 13, 2003

Gonna Vamp

by Simon Bartz

A "vamp" is a woman who seduces or beguiles by using feminine charms, according to my dictionary. It's also the name of a new magazine that promotes underground Japanese bands, preferably if the band members are equipped with guitars, boobs and cute pouts rather ...

Manolito y Su Trabuco

Music | HIGH NOTES Aug 13, 2003

Manolito y Su Trabuco

by Michael Pronko

The Japanese government can be thanked for one thing: open treaties with the Cuban government that allow the most scorching salsa players in the world to perform here on a regular basis. Perhaps the government doesn't have a choice since Japan has an unusually ...

Reverend Charlie Jackson: "God's Got It"

Music | HIGH NOTES Aug 13, 2003

Reverend Charlie Jackson: "God's Got It"

by Tom Bojko

When the Rev. Charlie Jackson was a boy, he played sacred music on Sundays and blues the rest of the week. While Jackson himself saw no irony in this, his mother had little appreciation for her son playing electric guitar on both sides of ...

Natacha Atlas: "Something Dangerous"

Music | HIGH NOTES Aug 13, 2003

Natacha Atlas: "Something Dangerous"

by Philip Brasor

Beyonce Knowles is not a singer I would have pegged as a model for Natacha Atlas, but the coincidental similarities between Atlas' new album, "Something Dangerous," and the Destiny Child leader's chart-topping debut solo joint, "Dangerously in Love," go beyond their titles. Atlas dives ...

Koinu Entertainment Showcase Volume One

Music | HIGH NOTES Aug 6, 2003

Koinu Entertainment Showcase Volume One

by Suzannah Tartan

Japan has produced so many great hip-hop DJs, like Krush and Kensei, that it is easy to overlook the dearth of equally great MCs. No surprise then that most of the intriguing artists at this weekend's underground hip-hop confab, sponsored by hybrid metal rap ...

Doug Wamble's: "Country Libations"

Music | HIGH NOTES Aug 6, 2003

Doug Wamble's: "Country Libations"

by Michael Pronko

At first listen, Doug Wamble's debut CD, "Country Libations," sounds like a compilation. At different points, Wamble flatpicks country swing, booms out heartfelt gospel, plays slide Delta blues, swings hard on pre-bop jazz and intersperses moments of free jazz. This range and choice of ...

Kings of Leon: "Youth and young Manhood"

Music | HIGH NOTES Aug 6, 2003

Kings of Leon: "Youth and young Manhood"

by Philip Brasor

The story about the Kings of Leon, a Nashville-based rock band touted as the next big thing, is that the four young men, with their tight bell-bottoms and shaggy hair are pure throwbacks. Having grown up shuttling between Memphis and Oklahoma City with their ...

Rough Trade Shops: "Post Punk 01"

Music | HIGH NOTES Aug 6, 2003

Rough Trade Shops: "Post Punk 01"

by Jeff Hammond

When punk hit a recession-ridden U.K. in 1975-'76, using a rudimentary version of rock 'n' roll as a platform to scream obscenities and threaten to smash the state, it was enough to ignite outrage across the land. And then, before your grandfather could curse ...