With a carefully crafted batch of songs and superlative musicianship, this CD reflects the soulful creative mission of San Francisco Bay Area music critic and talented tunesmith Deborah Grabien.
On his latest release, 50, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, Joe holds forth on subjects including politics, sexism, war, veterans, the environment, loneliness and love.
JGB – really Jerry – was all about spontaneity and absence of centralized control when he easily could have insisted on another way. Perhaps that is what made him so compelling. The risks he took and the depth of his sincerity were clear to anyone who listened carefully. This version of “Mission” exemplifies Jerry as a gifted songwriter, vocalist and improvisational guitarist.
Hoddinott’s country, rock and jazz-inflected playing carried the original Kingfish sound, be it twanging away on a country cover by Marty Robbins, ’70s soul-noodling on a Bob Weir composition like “Lazy Lightnin’/Supplication,” or artfully propelling Kingfish originals such as “Asia Minor” and “Hypnotize.”
The cuts on Ocean are akin to soundscapes, or tone poems, which run from 11- to 14-minutes in length. Chen, Kaiser, Smith and Winant provide unique food for thought for those patient enough to take it in.
Emerging from Colorado back in 2005, Great American Taxi fused the Leftover Salmon-soaked vibe of Vince Herman with some of Boulder’s best roots players. More than a decade later, the group, minus Herman and a few other earlier pioneers, is still rolling and just released its fourth CD.