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CHRIS KORNELISsummit daily news
Chris Kornelis
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Im one of those people who buys an album and then doesnt listen to it. This is usually the case with well known artists Todd Rundgren, Stephen Stills that have vast catalogues.Ill see an album at a rummage sale and pick it up thinking, For a dollar, it cant be that bad. This doesnt work with CDs. Not that Im an LP snob far from it but price becomes a hindrance, even at $5 each, when buying by the bagful.It takes me a while to get to these records, if I ever do. And it isnt that Im not into the artist, but if I feel like some Stephen Stills, Im more inclined to turn to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Youngs Deja Vu than Stephen Stills 2.Instead of turning to a standard James Taylor album Mud Slide Slim, Sweet Baby James Tuesday night, I dug out 1972s One Man Dog. I was pleasantly surprised.Not that Taylor has ever made a nasty record, but I appreciate the way he slips some uncharacteristic gems inside collections of his signature singer/songwriter cash cows Dont Let Me Be Lonely Tonight in this instance.Taylors detour from his classic lullabies begins on One Man Parade, the albums opening track, where he expands the use of percussion and includes aggressive backing vocals at least by Taylors standard.The trend extends to Chili Dog, which borrows from funk and elements of Motown. Horn kicks and thick grooves arent quick to mind when thinking Taylor, but he incorporates both here.If you want the heavy Motown sound or deep rhythms, pick up Marvin Gaye or Sly & the Family Stone, not James Taylor. But its interesting to hear Taylors band adapt to these different musical stylings while Taylor maintains his smooth delivery and occasional falsetto.For more Taylor adventures, check out 76s In the Pocket. Money Machine is singer/songwriter meets disco, further evidence that good songwriting isnt trumped by the troubled genre.For the hits, check Taylor out when he brings his band to the Coors Amphitheatre, Aug. 19.

Widespread Panics show on Friday night kicked off a sold out three-night stand at Red Rocks. Panics not my idea of a perfect show, but I always enjoy checking out bands that people are really into. If nothing else, I enjoy watching and being around people that are having a good time. Widespread and its fans easily qualify. The jam band returns to the High Country for a pair of Jazz Aspen shows, Sept. 1-2. Check out http://www.jazzaspen.com for details.Switching gears to Friscos BBQ, I cant remember the last time Ive seen so many wet nap wrappers. I quickly learned that the secret to this event is recognizance. Through trial an error, Friday, I was able to determine which vendors were slinging hefty portions of pulled pork, ribs etc., at a slim price. With my homework done Friday night, there was no messing around Saturday. I loosened my belt and began experimenting. It was wonderful. Im still finding BBQ sauce … everywhere.If you were one of the 10,000 that made it to the meal, you know what Im talking about. Check back next week for the early word on the winter holidays.


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