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Bowie’s Piano Man and Guitar Man

I had the pleasure of seeing maestros Mike Garson and Earl Slick in a relatively intimate hall (less than a thousand capacity) from two yards away. What a treat to see up close the skill of the original musicians of two of the most challenging and memorable of instrumental pieces. Needless to say, one of…

Already Ready Already

The latest Galactic album dropped today. Here is a review in OffBeat. Here too is the band’s own blurb. You can listen to the album here. Amy Winehouse fans will enjoy this. Oh yes I forgot to mention that the album also features Princess Shaw, whose lovely story is documented here. (Princess Shaw tells me that…

Jimbo @ 75

This article from five years ago. Just the other night after a long gap, I watched The Song Remains the Same again with a chum who hadn’t seen it before. Even on a first viewing, the in-your-face pomposity of it all, still didn’t detract from the music that steamrollers one into complete submission. guitarjimmy pageLed…

Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part 3

As usual AllMusic gets it. The deeply funky grooves are down to Chaz Jankel, quite possibly the UK’s greatest funkmeister. The Sly influence is palpable and as a consequence this is solid party music to ring in the new year. There is humor in this music in bushels. But all of that humor points to the heart…