4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard


In September 2014, I penned a post entitled Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!, where I gave my predictions for the sales of some notable albums being released in late September and onward.  Now that seven of those albums have sales figures (one going off of official prognostications), let’s see how sound my predicting skills were! 1) Chris…

Let’s Play Catch-Up… Music Review Style!


Hello my wonderful blog followers! Wish I had a clever name for those who follow such an intellectually sound, somewhat crazy dude like myself, but alas I don’t. We’re going to play a game called catch-up Thursday – exciting right? Well, regardless of whether that title (or the game) tickles your fancy, this post is…

Review: Al Jarreau Delivers Solid Tribute on ‘My Old Friend’


Al Jarreau • My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke • Concord • US Release Date: August 5, 2014 On My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke, legendary jazz musician Al Jarreau delivers a tribute album to late, great musician George Duke, who died in 2013. Most of the songs on the album were written or co-written…

Rory Partin’s ‘Classicism’ is Refreshing


I’ll admit that over the course of 2013, I have reviewed a number of albums and both praised and criticized numerous artists.  What is unfortunate from my standpoint is that many of those artists who received my blessing or my chastisement were confined to pop, rock (alternative), R&B, rap, and occasionally other genres such as…

Review: Harry Connick, Jr., ‘Every Man Should Know’


Harry Connick, Jr.⎪ Every Man Should Know ⎪ Columbia ⎪⎪ US Release Date: June 11, 2013 Produced by Tracey Freeman & Harry Connick, Jr. “…Every man should recognize, what she’s saying with her eyes / and help her with burdens to bear.” These are the gentlemanlike messages Harry Connick, Jr. conveys on his country/pop gospel…

Capsule: George Benson, ‘Inspiration – A Tribute to Nat King Cole’


George Benson⎪ Inspiration – A Tribute to Nat King Cole⎪ Concord ⎪⎪US Release Date: June 4, 2013 Featured guests: Wynton Marsalis; Idina Menzel; Till Brönner; Judith Hill Musicians: Randy Waldman, Tim May, Chuck Berghofer, and Gregg Field (rhythm section); The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami Producer:…