Drummer Deep Cuts & Music Reviews

Music Reviews

It has been a long winter but there has been lot’s of good music in the CD player. I have had the time to listen to some new things as well as pulling out lots of old classics.

The new Paul McCartney 3 is terrific. It has been in the CD player (thats right CD player… I am ol school) for weeks. I really appreciate the overall feel and sound of this record. In my opinion, McCartney let’s his guard down and asks the audience to take the ride. Acoustic music, jams, well crafted pop and more. This record lacks the polish of Egypt Station (which I loved) but also allows McCartney a bit of room to breath from the mega pop classics we have enjoyed from him in the past.

Currently in the CD player is Traffic’s greatest hits Smiling Phases. This 2 CD compilation visits a lot of the bands great jam tunes. Paper Sun, Feelin’ Alright, Freedom Rider, Rock and Roll Stew. Great Jams through and through. Next is The Notting Hillbillies – Mark Knopfler’s side project from 1990. This album never grows old. Great guitar playing and vocals themed around the railroad and the wild west. Love it! The other one we have all been digging is JJ Cale and Eric Clapton’s Escondido. The names say it all. They are joined by Billy Preston, John Mayer, Butch Trucks and many others on this musical journey. Well worth the listen! D

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Another disc I have been really enjoying is Eric Clapton’s The Breeze which is the Tribute CD Clapton did for JJ Cale. Many guests on this CD including Willy Nelson, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, John Mayer and Mark Knopfler. Jim Keltner does the drumming with Nathan East on the bass. Great grooves, great flow and you will realize what a prolific writer JJ Cale was. Check it out!

Really enjoying the Stones CD Blue and Lonesome. Very organic and these guys can play the blues. Anyone who knows me knows I am a big Charlie fan and Stones fan. On this Cd Charlie does not disappoint. Swingin grooves and great drum sounds. This record was recorded live with no overdubs (the Gone Tribe approach). Charlie makes his kit talk.

I picked up the new Paul Simon CD Stranger to Stranger – Cool Cool Cool. Once again Paul Simon takes us on a cultural and rhythmical exploration. All good and I am still wrapping my head around it. I do like albums that challenge you. D

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