Reissued just months before his death in 2009, this burning 1985 album is proof that renowned educator Fielder was as fierce a force on the concert stage as he was in the classroom. Backed by blazing post-bop pianist Mulgrew Miller, Fielder’s polytonal title track is a lesson in modern jazz harmony. Other standout cuts include Miller’s “Brooklyn At Dawn” and Fielder’s own “Validity.” A celebration of a tireless musical champion. (Prescription, ejazzlines.com)
Ian McLagan on Love, Loss, and Vintage Keyboards
At 69 years young, McLagan is as captivated today by a sticky lyric and well-oiled Hammond organ as he was back in the 1960s and ’70s when he came to fame playing, singing, and writing with bands like Small Faces (later simply Faces) and the Rolling Stones. But unlike legions of other well-known keyboard sidemen, McLagan has also had a successful solo career since almost his very early days onstage. On the day of his latest album’s release, McLagan joined Keyboard at New York’s Steinway Hall to talk about his nearly half-century searching for the perfect song.