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Kamaal Williams Creates Retro-Futurist Jazz Fusion on 'The Return'

With his first solo release, keyboardist Kamaal Williams furthers the sonic exploration begun with drummer Yussef Dayes on 2016's Black Focus.

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Buck Owens and the Buckaroos: The Complete Capitol Singles 1967-1970

The second installment in Omnivore's career retrospective of the defining voice of the Bakersfield Sound is, while not as essential as the first, nonetheless a fine collection of hits and misses.

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Screamin' Jay Hawkins: Are YOU One of Jay's Kids? The Complete Bizarre Sessions 1990-1994

Out of print for years, Screamin' Jay Hawkins early 1990s recordings for the Bizarre label are collected in their entirety, a fact that will appeal to only his most ardent fans.

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Generosity, Love, Forgiveness: 'Mr. Dickens and His Carol'

Rather than once again exploring the all-too-familiar territory of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Samantha Silva's debut novel contextualizes the work's origins and gets inside the mind of its creator.

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'Ebert on Herzog': A Love Story

Nowhere else in the merging of modern cinema and film criticism can you find such a strangely symbiotic relationship.

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'Woman Walk the Line' Is a Love Letter to Country Music Past

Where female pop musicians tend to age out of the field, country musicians tend to possess a greater reverence for their predecessors, lionizing their greatness and proclaiming their influence at each and every opportunity.

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'The Best of Richard Matheson' Is Among the Best of Pop Culture

Richard Matheson's work has so permeated modern pop culture that it can be hard to find works not at least partially indebted to an idea of his or, as is more often the case, someone influenced by him.

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Alex Williams: Better Than Myself

Alex Williams joins the ever-increasing ranks of country music outsiders making country music the way it used to be made with his promising debut for Big Machine.

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Alvarius B.: With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven

Alan Bishop ventures out once more under his Alvarius B. alias, this time bringing along a handful of collaborators and multiple discs worth of material that could well serve as the high-water mark of his career.

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Willie Nelson: Teatro: The Complete Sessions (review)

Remastered and re-released as Teatro: The Complete Sessions, Willie Nelson's late '90s resurgence is lovingly presented in both sound and vision, providing a holistic experience that is essential for any Nelson fan.

Comics

Marvel vs DC: It's a Real 'Slugfest'

Slugfest offers a fascinating look behind the scenes, detailing the treachery and real-life good vs. evil scenarios being played out between the twin giants of comics, DC and Marvel.

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Haunting Ephemera: 'Paperbacks From Hell'

Paperbacks from Hell takes readers through the seven circles (and more) of horror fiction in the '70s and '80s, from the well-known to the obscure and all points in between.

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Flamin' Groovies: Fantastic Plastic

Reuniting the classic Groovies front line of Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson for the first time in nearly 40 years, Fantastic Plastic shows the duo and the band to have lost nary a step in the intervening decades.

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Yasuaki Shimizu: Music for Commercials

Japanese composer and saxophonist Yasuaki Shimizu’s 1987 collection of striking original compositions for commercials – appropriately entitled Music for Commercials – gets the reissue treatment.

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Jackie Shane: Any Other Way

Numero Group gathers assorted singles, live recordings and generous liner notes to provide a more complete picture of revolutionary transsexual soul singer Jackie Shane, in the process producing a minor masterpiece of overlooked soul.

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Big Machine Records

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Aquaman, Blooperman, Plastic Man, Bee-Man, Fatman: 'Hero-A-Go-Go'!

Former DC editor Michael Eury offers up a loving look at the age of high cultural camp in comics and more in this collection of campy curios.

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Ohio State University Press

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The Ohio State University Press

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The Healing Power of Music: A Conversation with Linda Perhacs

At 75, Linda Perhacs shows no signs of slowing down creatively, returning for her third album a mere three years after a more than 40-year absence.

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Double L Records

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Joe Henderson and Alice Coltrane: The Elements

The Elements represents Joe Henderson’s sole full immersion into the avant-garde, with help from a few seasoned veterans, including Alice Coltrane, Charlie Haden, and Michael White.

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F.J. McMahon: Spirit of the Golden Juice

Available once more, F.J. McMahon’s stark and sobering assessment of the decline of ‘60s idealism and impending introspective ‘70s is the rarest of rarities: a true lost masterpiece.

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