The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out

Dave Brubeck emerged after the Second World War as a pianist whose eclectic style owed itself to several different schools of piano playing. Throughout the 1950’s, Brubeck enjoyed as much commercial success as any jazz musician could have wished for, becoming one of the biggest acts in the business. Famous mostly for his experiments with… Read More The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out

Wes Montgomery – The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery was known as ‘the man with the golden thumb’, who exploded onto the jazz scene like a meteor out of no-where in the 1950’s, whose sound was unique, because in addition to the warm amplification employed by many jazz guitarists of the era, Montgomery used his thumb to play the chords, and notes, an approach… Read More Wes Montgomery – The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery

The Rolling Stones – Still Life

What were they thinking? By the early ‘80s The Rolling Stones were an unstoppable machine, an inexorable not to mention commercial rock and roll juggernaut that not even an interplanetary collision between the earth and a comet could avoid. By the time Still Life was released, gone were the ragged improvisations of old, as heard… Read More The Rolling Stones – Still Life

Burning Tree – Burning Tree

Before Marc Ford found fame and heroin with The Black Crowes, he was lead guitarist of Los Angeles based blues-rock power trio Burning Tree, whose influences drew heavily from late ‘60s early ‘70s psychadelia, namely the likes of Cream, The Yardbirds and Jimi Hendrix, which was in almost complete contrast to many of their cock… Read More Burning Tree – Burning Tree

The Rolling Stones – Undercover

Let’s face it, the ‘80s just wasn’t the sort of decade The Rolling Stones were expecting much less belonged to. Incredibly, Undercover was the band’s seventeenth studio album, and saw them descend ever further into musical mediocrity like never before. Gone is the sweat, blood, and general sense of abandon surrounding the band’s earlier releases,… Read More The Rolling Stones – Undercover

Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert

In May 1971, Eric Clapton walked out of the studio where Derek and the Dominos were working on their follow up to the mega-selling Layla album. As Clapton recalled, “By the time of the second album sessions, money and dope and women were getting so far involved… that we couldn’t communicate anymore.” By now a… Read More Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert

Screaming Lord Sutch – Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends

Screaming Lord Sutch (who’s real name was David Edward Sutch) was something of an oddball, whose horror act was heavily based on Screamin’ Jay Hawkins own stage show, which consisted of a coffin and skull, amongst other props. Clearly an eccentric’s eccentric, Sutch released several singles which did absolutely nothing, probably due to his lack of… Read More Screaming Lord Sutch – Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends

Aztecs – Steaming At The Opera House

As the 1970’s rolled on Billy Thorpe was beginning to mellow. Well, just a tad at least. As lead singer and guitarist of “multi-decibel rockers” the Aztecs, Thorpe was one of the earliest pioneers of Australian heavy rock, performing gigs so ear shattering that they soon became the stuff of legend (he purportedly killed off… Read More Aztecs – Steaming At The Opera House