By Mike Zwerin in Paris
ERIC CLAPTON, "Chronicles" (Reprise)
Warning. Old Slowhand has been singing the same old song too
long. The once proud numbers have not worn well. The best of Eric
Clapton is no longer worth a detour.
LE GENIE DE
JOHN COLTRANE (Universal France/2CDs)
The best of John
Coltrane, on the other hand, gets better, cooler and deeper with the
passing of time. This intelligently programmed selection goes from "Giant
Steps" to "A Love Supreme" by way of "Greensleeves."
No exaggeration, a glimpse of God.
BROTHERS, "Long Train Runnin', 1970 - 2000" (Rhino/4CDs)
While the best of the Doobies continues to roar right along there
in the middle of everyday life where it belongs and serves such good
purpose for positive energy. Vacuum floors, dance with your sweetie,
drive down the pike, review John Coltrane records - good old-time
inspirational rock n' roll.
JACK KEROUAC "Reads
On The Road'" (Rykodisc)
Good news. Contrary to
what you may have feared, the story, the cast, the setting and the
story-telling remain fresh and full of sauce and pep. The reading is
humorous and enthusiastic and in appropriate grooves: "It was a
sawdust saloon, all wood with a small bandstand near the john on which
the fellows huddled with their hats on. A tenorman was blowing at the
peak of a wonderfully satisfactory free idea."
MEHLDAU, "Art of the Trio 4, Back at the Vanguard" (WB)
preferred piano hero. What's really special about Mehldau is his
stance bridging the intellectual and the physical, the past and the
present; his mix of playfulness and dedication and the baroque with
the Broadway song form. Few others have celebrated this wide sweep of
territory so effortlessly.
Mike Zwerin has been
jazz and rock critic for the International Herald Tribune for the last
twenty years. He was also the European correspondent for The Village
Voice. Mike Zwerin is the author of several books on jazz and the jazz
editor of Culturekiosque.com.
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