The most rewarding work as a critic is not in evaluating the flow of big menu items from established artists, but in sampling the little dishes that come along -- like this quartet of obscure, interesting stuff from 2007's first half.
Marcus Miller: Afrodeezia
Sugarcane Jane: Dirt Road's End
Tony Bennett / Bill Evans: The Complete Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Recordings
Why Novelist Richard Price Doesn't Need a Pseudonym
The Face in the Puddle
'Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell' Is Outstanding -- Just Don't Call It a Graphic Novel
The Science of the Yuk and the Yum of Things
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