Back to New York for "Night and Day II"
by Robyn Flans
Youve got to hand it to Joe Jackson for having the guts to invite critics to compare his current release to his classic 1982 album, Night and Day. Journalists always summon up the ghosts of artists past work anyway, but Jackson was bold enough to actually title this new project Night and Day II. And if it werent enough to represent this as a sequel to the most successful album of his career, he actually incorporates that unforgettable bell riff from the hit Steppin Out into this current album, which seems extraordinarily courageous when it comes to the potential wrath of the journalistic pen. Wasnt Jackson worried that he might be accused of ripping himself off? Continue..
IN THE GROOVE WITH NICK SANSANO
From Public Enemy to Galactic
by Blair Jackson
New York-based engineer/ producer Nick Sansano has forged a solid career out of working away from the mainstreamout on the edges where creativity thrives without the constraints that commercial considerations impose. The irony of his situation is that in toiling in the studio for so many forward-looking acts during the late 80s and through the 90s, hes also unexpectedly been part of a number of popular albums that were, rightfully, discovered by a public eager to hear something new and different. Sansanos impressive resume includes engineering, mixing or production on groundbreaking albums by Public Enemy (It Takes a Nation of Millions ), Ice Cube (AmerikKkas Most Wanted), Bell Biv Devoe (Poison), Sonic Youth (Daydream Nation, Goo and Dirty Boots), Rob Bass (It Takes Two), Manic Street Preachers (Generation Terrorists), the Grassy Knoll (III) and this years fabulous New Orleans funk-feast Late for the Future, by Galactic. Toss in CDs by the likes of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Getaway People and a host of unknown (at least in the U.S.) European acts, and youve got a broad and fascinating career thats still accelerating. Continue..
BY THE CLASH
Reprinted with permission from Magazine, November, 2000
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