Monday, December 05, 2016
I Can't Be Satisfied
Unless your name is Pat Metheny, I probably don’t want to hear you play a three-minute guitar solo.
The ingratiating Marcus King, 20, did a credible impression of the late guitar hero Duane Allman at his band’s in-store performance at Vinyl Renaissance on Sunday. I was far more impressed that he sang almost as well as Gregg Allman.
But so what? Blues prodigies are a dime a dozen. Few things interest me less than a flashy blues-rock guitar virtuoso.
That’s partly why the Rolling Stones’ new rough-and-tumble album Blue & Lonesome is so impressive. Only one song is longer than five minutes and nine selections clock in at less than four minutes. The absence of tiresome guitar solos on the informal tribute to Chess Records puts the vast majority of younger blues-rock artists to shame.
I reviewed the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s concert at the Midland theater for The Kansas City Star.
I wrote an extended concert preview about Mac Miller for The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine.
I discussed the Snow Globes on KCUR last week.
I wrote an extended preview for a benefit concert featuring the Fray and David Cook for The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine.
I ranked my favorite jazz performances of 2016 at Plastic Sax.
I write weekly music previews for The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine.
Childish Gambino’s outstanding Awaken, My Love! is RIYL: Funkadelic, wanting to get funked up, Sly & the Family Stone. Here’s ”Redbone”.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)