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Tuesday, January 28 2003

dZihan & Kamien: Gran Riserva

Move over, K&D—here come D&K. It’s the easiest thing in the world to compare up-and-coming Viennese downtempo duo dZihan

Ron Carter / Jimmy Cobb / George Coleman / Mike Stern: 4 Generations of Miles

It’s doubtful that Miles Davis would have had much interest in 4 Generations of Miles, retracing as it does the music of the jazz icon’

David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

For a music fan, it’s no easy task to choose just one album you’d never part with, but, for me, The Rise and

Ampbuzz: This Is My Ampbuzz

It’s almost too obvious to point out that the objective of most music is to be listened to. But Brain Eno—if not the

Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes

I’ve always thought of Little Earthquakes as the closest thing you can get to pure emotion distilled onto a CD.


Skeet Ulrich brings to Miracles a combination of weary intensity and ethereal pretty-boy beauty.

Sunday, January 26 2003

Various Artists: My Very Last Breath: The Emo Diaries, Chapter 8

Ah, emo. Once held aloft as the savior of disaffected teens everywhere, now shunned as the style of music that brought us Saves the Day

ScoLoHoFo: Oh!

This cumbersomely titled Blue Note release is a cause for celebration. It marks the recording reunion of John Scofield and Joe Lovano, who, when last

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’

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