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…

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…

Thoughts: Super Bowl XLVIII’s Music Performances


2014 is all about trying new things, personally and professionally – or something like that.  Last year, I put my two cents in about the Super Bowl halftime show, but didn’t critique the other performances – “America The Beautiful” and of course “The Star Spangled Banner”.  Rather than merely focusing on what my boy Bruno…

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…

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:…

Review: Michael Bublé, ‘To Be Loved’


Michael Bublé ⎜To Be Loved ⎜Reprise ⎜US Release Date: April 23, 2013 album produced by Bob Rock; featured artists include Reese Witherspoon, Bryan Adams, Naturally 7 and The Puppini Sisters Introduction Maybe its subjective, but does Canadian pop/vocal star Michael Bublé ever miss? (Yes, that’s really rhetorical).  After several platinum albums, 2013’s To Be Loved sounds like it could be on its way to give the…