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Friday, January 25 2013

Charlie Christian: The Genius of the Electric Guitar

The best introduction to Charlie Christian's work is also the most comprehensive.

Wednesday, July 18 2012

Wendy Rene: After Laughter Comes Tears

After Laughter Comes Tears presents a full and satisfying picture of a figure that has only been visible in glimpses and shadows.

Thursday, April 19 2012

Various Artists: Aimer et Perdre: To Love and Lose Songs, 1917-1934

For adventurous listeners with sensibilities trained by the Harry Smith Anthology, this is surely as essential as any other release that will land this year.

Sunday, January 29 2012

Mighty Sparrow: Sparrowmania! Wit, Wisdom, and Soul from the King of Calypso

A welcome compilation for veteran Sparrow watchers, but a better introduction will include his work from the '50s.

Sunday, November 6 2011

Duke Ellington: Meets Coleman Hawkins/And John Coltrane

If you already have the material, this package might not appeal. But even a passing interest in any of these principal figures, or in the broad range of American music, make this an essential selection.

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