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Saturday, December 31 1994

Christian McBride Band: Sci-Fi

Christian McBride first came to prominence as one of the generation of “Young Lions” that emerged in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. McBride,

Marshall Tucker Band: Face Down in the Blues

This may seem pedantic, I’m afraid, but I am hardly more prepared to call this band “Marshall Tucker” than I am to call a

Reba McEntire: Secret of Giving

This Christmas album almost redeems “I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus” (Reba doesn’t sing it cute) and features about the slammingest version of “Up

Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Big Band featuring Zoot Sims: 1960 Zurich

First some context. Aside from being best known in jazz circles as the only major jazz artist to play baritone saxophone, Gerry Mulligan (1927-1996) had

The Munros, Scottish Moods

There should be a rule against including both “Amazing Grace” and “Auld Lang Syne” on any album—either one would be almost unbearable, but having

    Mabulu: Karimbo

Mozambique has witnessed more than its fair share of suffering in the quarter century since it won independence from Portugal. A truly crippling civil war,

    Michael McDermott: Last Chance Lounge

Maybe the more appropriate title for this album would be “Second Chance Lounge,” since Michael McDermott was a casualty of the 1990s major label hijinks.

The Modernist: Explosion

Like its monochromatic cover art, The Modernist’s Explosion is a balanced composition of form and tone. The incendiary title belies Jörg Burger’s

Kirsty MacColl: Tropical Brainstorm

Kirsty MacColl is the cheeky answer to the saying, “It’s the singer not the song.” She’s the singer and the song, singing like

    The Mother Hips: Green Hills of Earth

The Mother Hips’ invitation on opening track “Given for You” is by no means a subtle one: “If it calms us down, then it’s

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult: A Crime for All Seasons

You gotta feel a bit sorry for My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. I mean, they started out as a couple of guys who

Marah: Kids In Philly

Read somewhere that Marah was supposed to be the future of alternative country, or some such. I sure don’t hear it. What about the

    Molasses: Triologie: Toil & Peaceful Life

Molasses is one of those groups I’ve been told is a “must listen”, but my fear of “country/folk noir” and my utter aversion

Mirah: You Think It’s Like This But Really It’s Like This

Singer/songwriters who play guitar are a dime a dozen; you see them everywhere you go, from college dorms to coffeshops to city street corners.

The Mendoza Line, I Like You When You’re Not Around

For a band named after a baseball slang term that describes the very essence of futility and mediocrity, The Mendoza Line sure doesn’t play

Mystic Rhythms Band: Mystic Rhythms

I’ve been trying to figure out the reasons for my extreme distaste for some forms of world music. There is a kind of contemporary

    Monc: Virtual Reality Spacesuit (part 1)

Monc is another one of those one-man band operations, like Nine Inch Nails, where the creative force is one person working with a floating and

Memphis Slim: The Folkways Years 1959-1973

The Smithsonian Folkways recordings are nearly always noteworthy, and Memphis Slim’s The Folkways Years 1959-1973 is no exception. Ironically, Memphis Slim, the stage name

The Monroe Brothers: The Monroe Brothers Vol. 1: What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul?

On February 17, 1936 the Monroe Brothers, Charlie and Bill, arrived at RCA Victor’s recording studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, really just an ad hoc setup

    Roy Montgomery: The Allegory of Hearing

The best guitar albums are those created by musicians with their own vision, people like John Fahey, Loren MazzaCane Connors and Roy Montgomery. Montgomery’s

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