On his 22nd disc as a leader, Los Angeles upright legend Henry “Skipper” Franklin confidently leads a crew of some of L.A.’s best through an excellently selfproduced collection of sumptuous originals and standards. The 55-minute set showcases this ensemble’s easy camaraderie and enviable command of their instruments, and the arrangements are gorgeous and dynamic. Most of all, however, June Night makes one wonder why Skipper—a septuagenarian who has put the bottom under Freddie Hubbard, Roy Ayers, Willie Bobo, Horace Tapscott, Hugh Masekela, Archie Shepp, Count Basie, and Stevie Wonder—isn’t better known.
Review: Suicidal Tendencies "13"
Long before he was blowing up dancefloors and headphones as a solo artist and with Erykah Badu and Flying Lotus, Steve “Thundercat” Bruner was a young punk who succeeded Robert Trujillo in Suicidal Tendencies and spent nine years on the road with this iconic crew of hard-groovin’ L.A. mosh-pit kings.