• Clare Fischer: Extension

    Clare Fischer: Extension

    Although improvisation is critical to what Whitney Balliett famously labeled the “sound of surprise,” the svelte and complex arrangements on this long-obscure masterpiece prove that extemporaneity is not the be-all and end-all of jazz. Extension, ...
  • Nels Cline: Dirty Baby

    Nels Cline: Dirty Baby

    Best known as Wilco’s lead guitarist and an avant-garde improviser, Nels Cline scores a major triumph as composer and arranger with this two-CD musical interpretation of paintings by Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha. Producer/poet David ...
  • John Carter & Bobby Bradford

    John Carter & Bobby Bradford

    This box celebrates one of the best, and most seriously underrated, musical partnerships of the postmodern era. Both John Carter and Bobby Bradford were Texans who relocated to Los Angeles, and both worked early on ...
  • Ella Fitzgerald: Rodgers and Hart Song Book

    Ella Fitzgerald: Rodgers and Hart Song Book

    When Ella Fitzgerald joined Verve Records in 1955, the 38-year-old singer was best known for a single hit (“A-Tisket, A-Tasket”), her bop-inspired scat singing, and a stack of mostly forgettable recordings. Her manager (and Verve-founder) ...
  • Kevin Eubanks: Zen Food

    Kevin Eubanks: Zen Food

    His remarkably facile fingerstyle-and-thumb six-string approach caused Eubanks to be touted in the early 80s as “the next Wes Mongtomery.” Several impressive albums over the next two decades showed promise, notably 1982’s The Guitarist and ...
  • Marc Ribot: Silent Movies

    Marc Ribot: Silent Movies

    Except for a few unobtrusive overdubs, Silent Movies is a solo jazz guitar record that casts a quiet but powerful spell. The tempos are slow, the playing sparse, the mood somber. The “compulsory distortion, rude ...
  • Ten Best Classic-Jazz Vinyl Reissues

    Ten Best Classic-Jazz Vinyl Reissues

    1. Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Further Out. (Issue 209) 2. Andrew Hill: Point of Departure. (Issue 213) 3. Illinois Jacquet: Swing’s The Thing. (Issue 213) 4. Ben Webster: The Soul of Ben Webster. (Issue 216) ...
  • Marcus Miller: A Night in Monte-Carlo

    Marcus Miller: A Night in Monte-Carlo

    Bassist-composer-arranger-producer Marcus Miller reveals the full scope of his talents on this live outing recorded in 2008 on the French Riviera. Joined by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, turntablist DJ Logic, singer Raul Midon, and trumpeter Roy ...

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