Singer/songwriter Jeff Black offers a Dualtone set here that at the very least lives up to the latter part of its title, with vivid spiritual/metaphysical imagery, passionate vocals, and big-picture themes.
2001 - Pianist John Lewis, leader of the elegant jazz institution the Modern Jazz Quartet, dies at the age of 80. Lewis, who also worked as a solo performer and recording artist, led the quartet from the 1950s through the 1990s.
A frequent foil to trumpet/flugelhorn poet Kenny Wheeler and the musical prime mover in the erstwhile Peter Erskine Trio, veteran English pianist John Taylor rarely takes the spotlight under his own name.
The debut of what promises to be a new brand in gospel anthologies does an admirable job of melding traditional and modern gospel, performed by artists with careers based in both secular and gospel music.
It gets tagged "noise pop" and "new garage," but basically what Danish duo Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner, aka the Raveonettes, do on Whip It On is rehash '60s guitar pop—from California surf music to swingin' London to Stooges-era Detroit—and overlay it with a translucent sheet of new millennium emotional asphyxia.