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Mark Porkchop Holder: Let It Slide

Gritty bluesman Mark Porkchop Holder impresses on Let It Slide.

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Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo: Peace

Japanese composer Satoko Fujii takes another crack at the big band route in the way only she can.

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Scott H. Biram: The Bad Testament

Scott H. Biram is a filthy-ass peacock in full bloom on this record, kicking arse and not even bothering to take names.

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Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey in the D

These 1968 live recordings offer a glimpse into Detroit’s storied music history courtesy of three of its finest session players.

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Hayes McMullan: Everyday Seem Like Murder Here

A window into an earlier time. Plain and simple: any serious fan of the Delta blues will want this record.

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‘The Art of the Blues’ Captures the Music’s Visuals to Sublime Standards

Author Bill Dahl and art consultant Chris James' work celebrates the visual swagger of the blues simply for the sheer joy of those visuals.

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Graham Central Station: Now Do-U-Wanta Dance / My Radio Sure Sounds Good to Me / Star Walk

The ex-Sly & the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham brings the funk on this trio of late '70s albums.

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John Mayall: Talk About That

British blues father returns with further evidence that he is a truly singular figure in the musical world.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Hillbilly Blues

The historical reframing and high quality of re-mastering make this and other Rough Guide early music collections well worth the time and investment.

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Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears: Backlash

On Backlash, Lewis and his Honeybears are finished retreading genre tropes of the past and set their sights on targeting their own musical identity.

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Ralph Towner: My Foolish Heart

Solo classical guitar from the ECM stalwart whose music is so beautiful that it can seem vanilla. But it isn't.

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8 Feb 2017 // 11:40 AM

Jamiroquai - “Automaton” (Singles Going Steady)

"Automaton" is as leftfield as you could possibly imagine from a Jamiroquai song.

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Led Bib: Umbrella Weather

The group knows how to chase each other into new territory, and the horizon stays perpetually distant.

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7 Feb 2017 // 3:00 AM

Chicago’s Chance

Chance the Rapper’s prideful ambition is reshaping Chicago’s cultural narrative.

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Thundercat - “Show You The Way” (feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins)

Thundercat can take anything and make it sexy. Damn.

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Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau: Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau

Thile and Mehldau make a pretty great duo, but it’s also an idiosyncratic one. For the most part this album feels like Thile is playing around in Mehldau’s jazz-oriented world.

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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band - “We Deserve a Happy Ending” (audio) (premiere)

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band returns with a new album of more stripped-down, casual performances, The Front Porch Sessions.

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Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home

As the story goes, German producer Ralf Kemper wanted to make one last great album with Jimmy Scott before he passed from this earth. But is this it?

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31 Jan 2017 // 3:00 AM

Overlooked Jazz Gems of 2016

No matter how much music I listen to every year, I miss some great records, somehow. Here are a half-dozen albums from 2016 that deserve our attention.

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30 Jan 2017 // 11:00 AM

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - “PTP” (Singles Going Steady)

This is sweatin', howlin' soul with a lot of hot, hot horns and Joe Lewis coming right at you with a voice made for old school funk.

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