Barry Harris with Chuck Israels and Mel Brown (Friday, Feb. 15, at Jimmy Mak’s)
Pianist Barry Harris, still sharp and
dextrous at 83, is one of the last great bebop innovators we have, and
I love the hot tropical weather we get in New Orleans. I couldn’t ever live anywhere cold.
Po’boys on every cornerI grew up on these. Can’t live without my hometown cuisine.
Forever Changes, LoveThis album took me years to understand properly. The
denseness of it is something that can’t be digested on the first listen.
Arrangement, melody, lyrics, instrumentation—
Nirvana (2/09/1990, Pine Street Theatre)Appended to Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary edition of Bleach
in 2009, this show captures an epochal band winding down the “regional
upstarts” phase of its
Various Artists, Gem Drops I-II
Featuring tracks from crew members,
affiliates and like-minded fellow travelers, either of these
interchangeable compilations makes an ideal entry point for wading
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, II (2/5, Jagjaguwar)
The mystery is gone, but Ruban Nielson’s once-enigmatic
post-Mint Chicks project is still one of Portland’s singular bands.
Based on the new alb
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
This Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass gem reminds me of my own
life. Heat Miser and Snow Miser are always on my shoulders whenever I
am contemplating heavy decis