To measure the success of a jam session is a daunting task. The parameters of success are different than with a composed work, and require a different kind of empathy and listening from both players and audience.
Qat, Coffee & Qambus, a collection of Yemeni 45s from the 1960s and '70s, captures this musical culture when it was relatively untouched by Western influence. As such it is more than a curio; it's an intriguing glimpse into a rarely heard part of the world's music.
In 1993, Lenny Kravitz released his finest record, Are You Gonna Go My Way. On its 20th anniversary, a deluxe edition has arrived that nearly buries that achievement under the weight of a mass of minimally interesting material.