Look out for these albums and DVDs released this week.
Jane’s Addiction Live In NYC
Alternative rockers Jane’s Addiction performed a free show in support of their album The Great Escape Artist back in 2011. The concert was held at Terminal 5 in New York City, and the footage is now available on DVD. In concert Jane’s Addiction mixes music with performance art, featuring flying burlesque dancers, trapeze artists, and carnival sideshow antics that add mesmerizing visuals to the quartet’s hard-rock fury. Stephen Perkins adds his usual flare and tom-heavy approach to well-known tracks such as “Mountain Song” and “Stop!”
Two-time Grammy-nominated hard rockers Skillet have released their first new album since 2009’s platinum-certified Awake. Drummer and occasional singer Jen Ledger continues her aggressive and thrashing style on the record, including the lead single “Sick Of It.”
Ronnie James Dio’s 2000 album Magica has been reissued as a two-CD deluxe package. The original concept album can be found on the first disc, including standout cuts such as “Fever Dreams” and “Turn To Stone.” Diehard Dio fans will appreciate the second CD, as it includes “The Magica Story” narrated by Ronnie James Dio himself, as well as bonus tracks not on the original recording. Drummer Simon Wright holds down the metal grooves on the album.
Kikoski, Carpenter, Novak, Sheppard From the Hip
On May 21, 2006, Rising Jazz Stars Foundation president George Klabin gathered four premier musicians to put on a jazz-standards performance in his private Beverly Hills studio. A live audience witnessed the event, and that performance can now be heard on CD. Pianist David Kikoski was joined by sax player Bob Sheppard, the late Dave Carpenter on bass, and the great Gary Novak (Chick Corea, George Benson, Natalie Cole) on drums.
Yellowjackets A Rise In the Road
The jazz maestros continue their decorated thirty-two-year career with a new album, their second on Mack Avenue Records. The Grammy-winning band now features bassist Felix Pastorius, son of the late bass legend with Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius. Drummer Will Kennedy, who’s on board for the second Yellowjackets album since returning to the group after an eleven-year hiatus, says, “As opposed to a detriment, [Pastorius replacing long-time bassist Jimmy Haslip] was more of an opportunity for us to grow and expand with a different combination of voices within our group.”
Moon Hooch Moon Hooch
Moon Hooch has re-released its debut album—previously only available at the group’s live shows—with new artwork and an additional song called “Megatubes,” the only track on the album that includes vocals. The trio, which consists of saxophonists Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen and drummer James Muschler, uses live instruments to create jagged and raw dance music, calling their approach “cave music.” Busking performances on subway platforms, among other unusual “venues,” have brought them some notoriety, though the band just wrapped up a more conventional tour supporting They Might Be Giants.
Booker T Sound the Alarm
The soul man follows up two back-to-back Grammy wins with an album that features a host of respected blues and R&B musicians, including Mayer Hawthorne, Gary Clark Jr., and Estelle. The record was co-produced by Booker T himself with Bobby Ross and Issiah “IZ” Avila, who have worked with Usher and Mary J. Blige. Darian Gray plays drums.
Jethro Tull Around the World Live
This four-DVD set, which includes live performances from the iconic progressive-rock band spanning the years 1970 to 2005, is an ideal way to check out original drummer Clive Bunker (“My Sunday Feeling,” “My God”), his replacement, Barriemore Barlow (“Thick As a Brick,” “Minstrel In the Gallery”), early-’80s member Gerry Conway (“Pussy Willow,” “Heavy Horses”), and current and longest-tenured Tull sticksman Doane Perry. The DVD includes historic Tull performances at the Isle of Wight festival in 1970 and Montreux in 2003, and includes a thirty-two-page hardback book containing photos from leader Ian Anderson’s personal archive.
Hawthorne Heights Zero
The post-hardcore band is back with their fifth studio album, its first on Red Entertainment. The group says they’ve taken a new direction this time, referring to Zero a concept album. Eron Bucciarelli provides drumming duties on the project.