• Eric Bibb: Global Griot

    Eric Bibb: Global Griot

    Exploring the themes of unity, inclusiveness, and social justice from a spiritual perspective, Eric Bibb delivers a double-disc masterpiece in Global Griot, an album ideally suited to the temper of progressive times, or “challenging times,” ...
  • Cy Coleman: A Jazzman’s Broadway

    Cy Coleman: A Jazzman’s Broadway

    Before he became a multiple Tony Award winning Broadway songwriting great for his contributions to shows such as Sweet Charity, On the Twentieth Century, Barnum, and Little Me (book by Neil Simon), Cy Coleman was ...
  • Aretha, True and Free

    Aretha, True and Free

    On the morning of August 16, I was awakened to news of Aretha Franklin’s passing as announced on New York City’s classical station, WQXR, followed by the sound of Aretha rolling out her stunning rendition ...
  • Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like a Wheel

    Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like a Wheel

    Even Linda Ronstadt fans dating back to the Stone Poneys could not have seen Heart Like a Wheel coming. The X factor in this 1974 multi-Grammy-nominated effort was Peter Asher, herein announcing himself a producer-arranger ...
  • Chris Thile: Thanks for Listening

    Chris Thile: Thanks for Listening

    Very much a meditative, singer-songwriter affair, Thank You for Listening finds Chris Thile offering bromides to a society roiled by political, social media, and cultural upheavals in 2017. Playing almost all the stringed instruments himself—with ...
  • Chuck Berry: Chuck

    Chuck Berry: Chuck

    Late-career albums by rock ’n’ roll’s pioneers have been spotty at best—consider the embarrassments of Bo Diddley and Carl Perkins—but two of the orn’riest of the lot, Jerry Lee Lewis and now Chuck Berry, have ...
  • Noam Pikelny: Universal Favorite

    Noam Pikelny: Universal Favorite

    On his fourth solo album banjo virtuoso and Punch Brother deluxe Noam Pikelny makes one key departure: he sings, which turns out to be one of this project’s pleasant surprises. Sparkling sonics highlight the technical ...
  • Terre Roche: Imprint

    Terre Roche: Imprint

    The second-born of three talented Roche sisters that have been with us in various combinations ever since siblings Maggie and Terre made their debut in 1975 on the Paul Simon-produced LP Seductive Reasoning, Terre is ...
  • Peter Cooper: Depot Light

    Peter Cooper: Depot Light

    Nanci Griffith was once married to singer- songwriter Eric Taylor and likens him to William Faulkner; Joan Baez speaks of him in hushed tones; a bedazzled Lyle Lovett produced some demos for him. Now Peter ...
  • Donna Ulisse: Hard Cry Moon

    Donna Ulisse: Hard Cry Moon

    Though not touted as a concept album, bluegrass singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse’s latest gem, Hard Cry Moon, could pass for one. Start with the hard-charging album opener, “Black Train,” fiddle- and banjo-fired with a red-hot mandolin ...
  • Melody Gardot: Currency of Man

    Melody Gardot: Currency of Man

    It takes Melody Gardot almost a minute and a half to appear on “Don’t Misunderstand,” the introduction to her provocative new album. Upon arrival, her voice ascends from a low moan amidst jabs of strings, ...

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