American Idiot - the seventh studio album by the American punk rock band Green Day - achieved success worldwide, charting in 27 countries and peaking at number one in nineteen of them, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Since its release, American Idiot has sold over 14 million copies worldwide. The album won a number of awards, including a Grammy for Best Rock Album, and received acclaim by critics. In 2009, Kerrang! named American Idiot the best album of the decade. Rolling Stone also listed "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "American Idiot" among the 100 best songs of the 2000s…
Asian-American baritone saxophonist Fred Ho has been a champion of freedom and expressionism in modern creative jazz for some time. A continuing battle with cancer has inspired him to assemble the Green Monster Big Band, with reference to the famed left-field wall at Fenway Park in Boston, but more directly related to the huge sound and diverse ideas this juggernaut ensemble represents. Ho is influenced by the '60s big bands, television or movie themes, and the psychedelic rock he grew up with, all present on this ambitious program.
A massive, 2-disc compilation featuring cover versions of virtually every Peter Green song written during his Fleetwood Mac period, and a few drawn from his mid-80s solo period. While there are some weaker moments in this 39-track collection, the majority of the interpretations feature blues guitar, piano and vocal at their very best. Rather than simply pay tribute to Peter Green by faithfully imitating his material, the artists have chosen to re-interpret these songs and in most cases the results are superb. The power of Green's influence is felt all the more deeply when so many artists use his music as a jumping-off point. A must have item for blues guitar fans.
Bennie Green was no where near the technician Stitt was. In fact, his trombone vocabulary precedes J. J. Johnson's and the bebop revolution of Bird and Diz. Nevertheless, Sonny and Bennie sounded like soul mates on the two occasions I caught them together at McKee's Show Lounge 63rd and Cottage in Chicago. Their meetings didn't produce the sparks of Stitt and Jug (Gene Ammons) but a spirit of rare camaraderie (Stitt could be an ornery loner).
Al Green's 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th albums on 2 CD's, the second of three mid-priced sets that encompass all 12 of his studio albums for Hi Records. Originally issued between 1972 and 1974, these albums include the Top 5 hits 'You Ought To Be With Me', 'Call Me', 'Here I Am (Come And Take Me)', 'Livin' For You', 'Let's Ger Married' plus 'Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)', 'L-O-V-E (Love)', 'Oh Me', as well as the classic tracks 'Take Me To The River', 'Funny How Time Slips Away' and many more.