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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Irish Folk

If you don’t know what Irish music is, then this is a good place to start. Bringing everything from jigs to unaccompanied vocal solos

    Various Artists: The Unbound Project Volume One

If you are beginning to feel that the social commentary side of hip-hop has either disappeared or degenerated into bankable cliche, then this remarkable collection

Various Artists: Puerto Rico

Bomba, Plena, Salsa, and Son from the Island of Enchantment However unlikely it might have seemed, the music of the Spanish Caribbean has found its

Various Artists: Klubb Jazz 3

Slip and Slide’s Jazz in the House series was crucial for the development of a home listening market for what is now a sizeable

Various Artists, Old School vs. New School

Cool concept, no doubt about it. Shrewdly recognizing the parallels between early hip-hop and the recent dance underground, Jive has formed a new imprint dedicated

Various Artists: Hollywood Swing & Jazz

This is going to seem like I’m going way off on a tangent, but trust me. In 1989 the DJ dance duo Coldcut released a

Zen Guerrilla: Shadows on the Sun

As Sub Pop labelmates Vue take their cues from ‘60s garage rock, Zen Guerrilla cut their own sharp channel into the well eroded riverbed of

Frank Zappa, Son of Cheap Thrills

With somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 original Zappa albums, you simply have to wonder if Rykodisc will ever need to find another artist to keep

    Zeni Geva: 10,000 Light Years

Zeni Geva’s music sounds like outtakes from the soundtrack to The Matrix. It would be good for some two-minute hyped-up action scene, but do

    The Zincs: Moth and Marriage

First off, I have to say that when I first received The Zincs’ Moth and Marriage, I was struck by the title and how it


Criticize ZZ Top all you want for shamelessly throwing around their hits “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man,” but don’t just put them off as

Zohar: Keter

Lead by chameleon pianist Uri Caine (this guy does it all: jazz, Mahler, Tin Pan Alley, you name it), and featuring the diverse talents of

Zoot Suit Revue: Bold, Borrowed and New

The entire story of the swing revival can be heard on Louis Prima’s Capitol Collectors Series collection. Every nonsense vocal phrasing, every punchy horn

Denny Zeitlin and David Friesen: Live at the Jazz Bakery

Denny Zeitlin and David Friesen are giants of jazz. Never heard of ‘em, you say? If you need convincing, just take a peak at some

    Vinnie Zummo: A Retro Cool Bossa Nova Christmas with . . .

Vinnie Zummo is an extremely able guitarist. He works regularly as a session musician in New York and has released previous CDs including a collection

Kevin Yost: KY Funk and Stuff

If anyone ever asks you for a definition of Deep House, particularly in its more jazzy variant, you could do a lot worse than say “

Yve Adam: Fiction

Yve Adam is the talented acoustic duo that trades off vocals and instrument playing on their debut. The two musicians have a lot of experience

The Yo-Yo’s: Uppers and Downers

Aside from the truly great “Home from Home,” the Yo-Yo’s Uppers and Downers is a cliched bore of cheesiness greased up in tired pompadours

    Pete Yorn: musicforthemorningafter

“Life on a Chain”, the opening track and lead single from singer-songwriter Pete Yorn’s debut album, musicforthemorningafter, begins with a crackly, grainy, Victrola effect,

    Young Fresh Fellows: This One’s For the Ladies

Ten years ago I graduated from high school. Things were different then. The most notable difference was the fact that we still had that thing

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