Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan
Bill Frisell on guitar and Thomas Morgan on double bass released an album in 2017 (Small Town) taken from a live performance run at Village Vanguard in 2016. That same memorable gig yielded a second record, Epistrophy. I’m not sure whether Frisell is blessed with picking simpatico collaborators, or whether just the fact of playing with Frisell himself makes everyone simpatico. However it works, this 10-song program covers classic jazz, American Songbook, even bluegrass and folk songs, smoothly gliding from one to the next, each tune dropping down like ripe apples off a tree.
– Bruce Collier
Bolden – Music from the Original Soundtrack
Trumpeter, leader, composer and historian Wynton Marsalis joined with longtime collaborators Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Printup and others on Bolden, the soundtrack of a newly released biopic about legendary New Orleans jazz cornetist and alleged “father of jazz” Buddy Bolden. Since I’m pretty sure the movie will never come to any local theater, I’ll content myself with this lush, meticulous musical framework. Twenty-six tunes evoke Bolden (about whom next to nothing is known) and early 20th century New Orleans in all its tragic, vulgar glory. Marsalis and company create, as always, spot-on embodiments of style and period, unvarnished and technically flawless.
– Bruce Collier
Panama City’s Rotted Remains return with their second release and artfully dodge any inkling of a sophomore slump with this ultra-heavy EP. With old-school styled lyrics full of blood and brutality—and the chops to back them up—Rotted Remains are a death metal tour de force.
– Nikki Hedrick
The Elephant Vanishes: Jazz Interpretations of the Short Stories of Haruki Murakami
Japanese bassist Fumi Tomita partakes of the works of short story writer Haruki Murakami in The Elephant Vanishes. The title is taken from one of the stories. I’m not familiar with Murakami’s work, but I understand he employs realism, surrealism, liberal use of Western pop culture and good old fashioned disconnection and loneliness. Sounds like jazz fodder to me. I was expecting high concept but it’s surprisingly accessible, played by Tomita and his combo of sax, guitar, piano and drums.
– Bruce Collier
Equal Vision Records
This Pensacola post-hardcore band is one you should be watching. They have been touring heavily—and with some of the biggest names in the genre—in support of this debut EP. They aren’t just waiting for big things to happen, but are actively out there creating them. Separation is a stellar debut that showcases why Vagrants are garnering attention from all corners. With well-rounded clean vocals, powerful screams and the musicianship to back it all up, I wouldn’t be surprised if I got to say “I knew them when…” one day very soon.
– Nikki Hedrick
Pauseandplay.com – Since 1997, P&P has been the definitive place for music fans to find out when a new album is coming out. Also stay up on the latest reissues and music‑related DVD/Blu‑rays and books. Elton John says he uses Pauseandplay.com to keep track of new music, and Entertainment Weekly has included it on its list of “The 100 Greatest Web Sites,” one of only 17 music sites to be selected.
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Hurricane Michael Over Six Months Later: Stephanie’s Story
By Carrie Hunter It’s May 2019, over six months after Hurricane Michael in Panama City. Stephanie, a young mother of three, walks through her gutted house. Rafters and beams are exposed. There...
Visionaries and Dreamers
By Nikki Hedrick Deborah and Jeff Badarak have two very different music projects gaining steam across Beachcomberland. The Visionaries is their vehicle for the classic songs they love, often presented as...
Pet of the Issue – Chip
Chip was born August 1, 2018, the same day Brandon’s first dachshund Nugget (a previous Beachcomber Pet of the Issue) passed away. “I wasn’t going to get another doggy so soon, but...
Relive the Summer of Love with EC Theatre Company July 12
Peace. Love. Music. Tune into the music of the ‘60s and take a musical journey with Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC). On Friday, July 12, at 7:30 PM, ECTC converts its...
Susan Myers’ Legacy Lives on at NWF State College
Before her passing earlier this year, Mrs. Susan Pryor Sloat Myers decided to link her name with Northwest Florida State College’s Learning Resources Center with a one million dollar bequest. Today, her...
Thursday, July 4 AJ’S, Destin WILL & LINDA, 4:30 PM (Bimini Stage) CHASIN’ JAYMIE, 6 PM (Tiki Stage) DJ BOOM, 8 PM JAMNATION, 9:30 PM (Bimini Stage) AJ’S ON THE BAYOU, Fort Walton Beach CHRIS HAYES,...