Rant ‘N’ Roll: Noemi Liba

Exotic, mysterious, sensual, the music of Noemi Liba, like her name, flows off the lips rhythmically. A beautiful Aussie, I met her on the streets of New York and found myself having dinner with her. “I’...

Rant ‘N’ Roll: The Hollies

There’s a great moment in the first-ever documentary on The Hollies, Look Through Any Window 1963-1975 (Eagle Rock Entertainment/Reelin’ In The Years Productions) where Graham Nash “discovered the ‘60s,” ac...

Tom Waits: Bad As Me

Tom Waits sounds rushed and fevered. There’s a blues harp deep in the mix and Keith Richards on guitar but it’s trombone and clarinet that give “Chicago” flavor. When Waits goes falsetto for the bluesy “Tal...

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 ...