Thursday, November 18 2010
These live performances demonstrate Frank Sinatra's constant transformation; from the Jersey wiseguy monologues to singing that lays bare his soul, as though he’s shining a spotlight down a well.
Sunday, November 14 2010
Throughout Acronymous there are musical allusions to Don Caballero, Herb Alpert, Ornette Coleman, and, maybe distantly, a more raucous Calexico. In any case, their Austin roots are strong.
Thursday, November 11 2010
Nobody can explain why “Hello Dolly” hit #1 in 1964. But then, nobody can explain why Louis Armstrong didn't hit #1 all the time.
Lake Street Dive is an astonishingly strong record, one that at times recalls the work of mid-period Chicago or Steely Dan or any variety of ‘70s AM-radio gold staples.
Monday, November 8 2010
On the one hand, a thrilling collaboration between three brilliant, distinctive musicians; on the other, glorious evidence of the singular way in which Robert Wyatt continues to find wonder in the world.
Sunday, October 17 2010
Up-and-coming jazz musician Sarah Wilson wants to have it both ways, but a singular approach would benefit her style more.
Wednesday, October 6 2010
Monday, October 4 2010
Third Round is a rare accomplishment: an instrumental, smooth jazz album where you can actually remember the melodies and hum them later. It's also one where the reward outweighs the effort.
Saturday, October 2 2010
This isn't your father's jazz.
Tuesday, September 28 2010
The student and the master of the alto sax record together. By listening alone, it's hard to tell which is which.