One of drummer Ra-Kalam Bob Moses’s most resonant teachings was that it is better to find the infinite possibilities within a single idea than to keep changing ideas every ten seconds.
Perhaps because real life is so painful, so tragic, we cannot bear to see evil in full flight. Evil must be relative, it must fly on wings of rationale, on a broomstick of retribution.
Loose Salute uses its genuine love for the too-little-heard Michael Nesmith and too-little-respected Monkees songbooks as a springboard for inventive arrangements that are true to the unique character of the music.
Boston was once the largest Jewish community in the country without a Jewish music festival — now the five-year-old Boston Jewish Music Festival (BJMF) is one of the most-attended of its kind in the nation.
“Learning to Listen” is less about a jazz journey than it is about a prodigiously talented artist for whom music came easily while his own life was a puzzle.
Lou Reed has left us, but the truths he took pains to show us about ourselves and our society – much as we try to cover them up – remain.
Every few years, people ask, “Is Jazz Dead?” Nights like this, with living masters and future stars all paying homage to a dead legend whose music will live forever, refute the pessimism.
The crowd emptied into the humid Boston night having bridged the past and the present, thanks to the incredible talent of the city’s local music scene, reunited in tribute to a club that hosted many such moments over its 11-year history.
One of the world’s greatest bass players recently enthralled a standing-room only crowd with a masterful performance, and the attendees could not have numbered more than 75 people.
Though Peter Townshend is clearly the better known and more popular of the two, it was Mike Scott who produced the better book and more satisfying promotional event in Boston.