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 ...

Rant N Roll: Back To The CD Pile…

If you believe The Summer Set (singer Brian Dales, guitarists John Gomez/Josh Montgomery, bassist Stephen Gomez and drummer Jess Bowen), then everything’s fine. As produced by John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, ...

Rant ‘N’ Roll: Street Noise

In the 1990s, I served simultaneously as editor at Metal Maniacs and at Modern Screen’s Country Music magazine. It made me musically schizophrenic and I oftentimes found myself referring to some sweet count...