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Monday, March 12 2001

    Various Artists: Have You Had Your Vitamin B-3 Today?

This latest compilation from Joel Dorn and Label M is a collection of organ jazz mostly from the early 1960s. It is not, to my


    Various Artists: Pure 80’s Hits

Every generation winds up rediscovering themselves through pop culture nostalgia crazes. However, I still cannot fathom the interest in the 1980s that causes such quickie


    King Britt presents Sylk 130: Re-Members Only

Odd decade, the eighties. Reagan, Thatcher, early MTV, the cretinization of Hollywood, greed is good etc.—a sorry list. As far as music goes, many


    The Ocean Blue: Davy Jones’ Locker

Ethereal, delicate, shimmering, beautiful, mysterious, poetic, majestic, powerful, sublime. These are all words that have been used to describe the ocean, and they’re all


    Our Lady Peace: Spiritual Machines

It’s hard to know how to feel about Our Lady Peace. They have they appearance of a rock band who believes themselves to be


    Lenola: Treat Me To Some Life

These days it seems that most of the bands influenced by the early ‘90s “shoegazer” scene or interested in making similarly dreamlike music work in


    Los Super Seven: Canto

Perhaps it’s a side effect of our fast-paced, modern culture. Perhaps it’s the result of record companies always trying to hop on the


    Joe Lovano: Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascinations Edition Two

This is the introspective face of High Modern jazz that has the die-hard fans slavering. Furthermore, on the strength of this release, at the end


Hesher: Self-Titled Debut

Hesher, aka Chip Love, is being touted as “the next Beck”, which is probably our generation’s answer to the crippling “next Dylan” tag of


Johnny Griffin & Steve Grossman Quintet: self-titled

Tenor duels were a big attraction in the Kansas City Swing era. Sax men lined up in the wings waiting to do battle with whoever


Frolic: To Dream, Perchance to Sleep

Frolic’s To Dream, Perchance to Sleep is undoubtedly beautiful, with Kelly O’Brien’s misty voice and the barely there arrangements. It’s haunted


Reverend Gary Davis: Live at Newport

By becoming an ordained Baptist minister in 1937, Reverend Gary Davis avoided being labeled another “Blind…” somebody. Blues has a long list of these: Blind Boy


Daft Punk: Discovery

I’m one of those people who will often sit around and start conversations with phrases like “Remember when techno music was really good?” I


Eric Clapton: Reptile

In recent weeks Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs has found its way onto the car stereo to remind me of what a glittering, if


Steve Almaas: Kingo a Wild One

From pioneering punk rock in Minneapolis/St. Paul with Suicide Commandos in the late 1970s (thereby stirring the musical impulses of Husker Du, The Replacements,


Tuesday, March 6 2001

Bob Belden: Black Dahlia

In postwar Los Angeles, where “You can make it there when you can’t make it anywhere else”, as actor Robert Mitchum once said, the


Monday, March 5 2001

Various Artists: Respect Is Burning Presents Respect to DJ Deep

e-mail this article My local record store has got so fed up trying to keep up with all the amoebic sub-dividing that goes on in


    Roseanna Vitro: Thoughts of Bill Evans: Conviction

You know a jazz singer’s album is in trouble when you keep wishing the singer would stay quiet, so you could hear the music.


    Otto Von Schirach: 8000 B.C.

Otto Von Schirach’s debut LP 8000 B.C. fully violates the divide between interesting experimental wizardry and utter nonsense. Like his colleagues Richard Devine and


    Tipsy: Uh-Oh!

Uh-Oh! is the title of Tipsy’s second album, but it isn’t a cry of fear or horror. It’s more like the outburst


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