DON'T MISS: "The Wiz Live!" - It's time to ease on down the yellow brick road as another live stage spectacular comes to television. This adaptation of the 1975 acclaimed Broadway musical arrives stuffed with well-known personalities, including Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, David Alan Grier, Common and Amber Riley. But the coveted role of Dorothy went to Shanice Williams, an ultra-talented 19-year-old newcomer. 8 p.m. Thursday, NBC.
As Columbus musician Toby Hartleroad is flailing on the ground with his improvised, synthesizer-based group Zuul, he isn't always sure the audience "gets" what is happening. He's even more certain that most of the audience isn't familiar with the work of MacArthur-winning composer and Jackson native Milton Babbitt.
I've been delaying writing about these three recordings until the last release date had passed. Leslie West's latest solo album came out November 20; so, here we go with a column that also includes the latest music from Walter Trout and Joe Louis Walker.