Concerts

(MUSIC REVIEW) Richard Thompson’s single-malt folk-rock triumphs at Mahaiwe

Richard Thompson

MAHAIWE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. RICHARD THOMPSON Sunday, October 25, 2008 Review by Seth Rogovoy (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) — If singer-songwriters were scotch whisky, Richard Thompson would be one of those rare, expensive single-malts, appreciated only by true connoisseurs. (John Mayer, on the other hand, would be Dewar’s.) In his solo performance at…

(From the Archives) Sex Mob Puts the Party Back in Jazz (at Club Helsinki, Feb 2002)

Sex Mob (L to R: Kenny Wollesen, Steven Bernstein, Tony Scherr and Briggan Krauss)

by Seth Rogovoy (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., February 24, 2002) –Avant-garde jazz is typically thought of to be difficult listening: cerebral, noisy, disquieting. And often it is. Mainstream jazz, on the other hand, is these days most often encountered as “America’s classical music,” with all the consequent starchiness that implies: dignity, formality, studiousness. Both, of course,…

Unfaithful Servant: The Legacy of The Band

by Seth Rogovoy (WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., August 1995) — The last few years have seen a flurry of activity surrounding The Band, the most since the group seemingly broke up for good in 1976. Two major books providing the first in-depth look at the legendary Canadian-American rock group were published in 1994. A long-promised retrospective, 3-CD…