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Sunday, January 26 2003

Martin Rev: self-titled

There were lots of good reasons why 2002 was the perfect year for ROIR to reissue the 1980 solo debut by Suicide’s Martin Rev. It was


Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes

That Charlie Parker was one of the greatest jazz musicians who ever lived cannot be disputed. Whether he was the architect of bebop music or


Salif Keita: Moffou

This story is almost too sad for words. Before Salif Keita was born, a mystic predicted that he would be as important as his famous


Patricia Kaas: Piano Bar

If you do happen to remember Nick the Lounge Singer, you’ll recall that he was one of Bill Murray’s best-loved and most enduring


Lily Holbrook: Running From the Sky

Lily Holbrook is no stranger to performing. After getting her start busking in Boston’s subway stations and on street corners, she honed her craft


Funky Porcini: Fast Asleep

I’m sure I’m not the only one who earmarks CDs for the change in seasons. When I lived in a state that was


Doro: Fight

If you grew up with metal music back in the mid-‘80s, you sure as heck know who Doro Pesch is. Around 1986, there were very


Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe: The Bridge

Critics and codgers continue to debate the merits of revisionist jazz historicism, a near-endless cycle that only exacerbates the valuation of classic reissues over original


Calexico: Feast of Wire

If you’re at all familiar with The Sadies’ excellent 2002 album Stories Often Told, and then give Calexico’s latest CD a spin, you can’


Thursday, January 23 2003

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Hungarian Music

When most people think of Hungarian music, they think of candle-lit cafés, chicken paprikas and cabbage rolls, pálinka (fruit brandy usually of plums)


Bill Withers: Still Bill

Why don’t more people remember Bill Withers? Here’s a guy who had one of the most distinctive voices of the ‘70s and, with “


Mans Wieslander: Yet

For some reason, I always hold a special place in my heart for those artists whom I discovered entirely by chance. These are usually CD’


Shania Twain: Up!

Although Shania Twain came out of country music, her last two records have had plenty of pop (and little banjo and pedal steel) and the


Santana: The Essential Santana

Springing from the tail end of the psychedelic rock scene in San Francisco during the late ‘60s, Santana has invented itself several times over and


Robert McCoy: Bye Bye Baby

This is a specially interesting CD as well as recommendably of the highest musical quality. Peter Silvester’s A Left Hand like God is in


Herbie Hancock: Future 2 Future Live [DVD]

Herbie Hancock has always been looking at the future. Like his former employer, Miles Davis, Hancock is always looking for ways to add the latest


GZA/Genius: Legend of the Liquid Sword

When The Wu-Tang Clan released their now infamous debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in 1993, it’s hard to believe they could have foreseen the extent


EL-P: Fandam Plus: Instrumentals, Remixes, Lyrics & Video

El-P’s Definitive Jux label has made some serious headway over the past year, gaining enough momentum to inflate it from fledgling dream to full-blown


The Derek Trucks Band: Joyful Noise

It’s hard to believe that guitar whiz Derek Trucks is a mere 23 years old. After all, he and his band have four albums under


Richard Ashcroft: Human Conditions

Put on a Richard Ashcroft record, and suddenly, everything changes. The room you’re sitting in will be gilded in a dusky glow, no matter


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