Rant ‘N’ Roll: Next In Line

Who the hell is Alan Leatherman and how could he be making the music of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Cole Porter, Lerner & Lowe and Charlie “Bird” Parker come so alive again? On his self-released De...

Rant ‘N’ Roll: Miles Of Miles

Pianist Herbie Hancock, tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, drummer Tony Williams (1945-1997) and bassist Ron Carter are all jazz legends. One couldn’t do any better if all one did when it came to jazz was lis...

Rant N Roll: California

Venice Beach is festooned with skateboarders, homeless people, cafés, sun, sand, the ocean, tourists, street musicians and plenty of places to buy pot. Signs saying "THE DOCTOR IS IN" are all over the place...

Rant N Roll: Jimi

There’s a fascinating interview with Jimi Hendrix as the last track of the last of four CDs of the new Winterland boxed set (Experience Hendrix/Legacy Recordings) in which Jimi seems at odds with both Jeff ...

John Scofield: A Moment’s Peace

Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Guitarist John Scofield has followed up 2009’s jazz-gospel Piety Street with a lovely excursion into balladry: From McCartney’s “I Will” and Gershwin’s “I Loves You Porgy” to C...

Sheri Miller: Winning Hand

There’s a reason New York City singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sheri Miller got the best of the best to back her up on her five-song EP. She’s that good. With the chutzpah to reach out to producer K...