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Friday, October 31 2014

Various Artists: The Soul of Designer Records

This is a compilation of ‘70s gospel and soul singles that appropriately honors the musicians who made them while offering a crucial glance at the stylistic elements of the American musical tradition.


Louis Sclavis Quartet: Silk and Salt Melodies

No matter what category you pigeonhole him into, jazz clarinetist Louis Sclavis turns his sounds into a miniature miracle.


Wednesday, October 29 2014

Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock & Roll Time

The Killer makes an album worthy of his reputation, aided by an all-star cast and co-producer (and fellow music legend) Jim Keltner.


Tuesday, October 28 2014

The Bad Plus: Inevitable Western

The gloriously varied piano trio returns to a program of all-original music, still mixing jazz, rock, classical, avant-garde, and you-name-it styles in a way that defies convention.


I’m Rick James’ Bio, Bitch!

The majority of Glow is a blow-by-blow account of the drugs he took and the women he bedded. James either had a great memory, or he took remarkable notes.


Jaco Pastorius: Anthology: The Warner Bros. Years

Jazz's troubled bassist gets another posthumous collection. No new insights gained here, just a reminder of his ambitions.


The Heliocentrics and Melvin Van Peebles: The Last Transmission

The Heliocentrics and Melvin Van Peebles create an ambitious, "cosmic" effort with collaboration The Last Transmission.


Thursday, October 23 2014

Jazz May Be Reeling in Terms of Record Sales, But It’s Thriving As an Art Form

What if today’s jazz is a little bit Bill Frisell and a little bit Ornette Coleman?


Gary Clark Jr.: Live

This disc marks the official arrival of a major talent: clearly steeped in the blues tradition who can shift seamlessly between feedback-frenzied rawness and cool, old school soul and funk.


Jessie Ware: Tough Love (Reviews) [22.Oct.14]
Ry Cooder: Soundtracks (Reviews) [17.Oct.14]
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Worker (Reviews) [17.Oct.14]
Walt Weiskopf: Overdrive (Reviews) [10.Oct.14]
Jason Ajemian: Folklords (Capsule Reviews) [6.Oct.14]
Flying Lotus: You’re Dead! (Reviews) [6.Oct.14]
BADBADNOTGOOD: III (Reviews) [13.May.14]
Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy’s Big 4 (Reviews) [13.Jan.14]
John Newman: Tribute (Reviews) [28.Oct.13]
Ariana Grande: Yours Truly (Reviews) [12.Sep.13]
The Weeknd: Kiss Land (Reviews) [11.Sep.13]
Derrick Hodge: Live Today (Reviews) [28.Aug.13]
Albert Ayler: Live on the Riviera (Reviews) [27.Aug.13]
Silkie: The Lost Tapes Vol 1 (Reviews) [25.Aug.13]
Myron & E: Broadway (Reviews) [21.Aug.13]
AlunaGeorge: Body Music (Reviews) [6.Aug.13]
Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines (Reviews) [28.Jul.13]
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