• Duck Baker, Guitarist

    Duck Baker, Guitarist

    Most acoustic guitarists perfect, or become associated with, a particular genre—Delta or Piedmont blues, for instance, or Celtic, ragtime, or traditional folk (however you define that). Some, like John Fahey or Robbie Basho or Alex ...
  • Nels Cline:  Lovers

    Nels Cline: Lovers

    None of chameleon guitar hero Nels Cline’s many ambitious recordings, during a career that has taken him from the L.A. jazz and rock underground to rock stardom with Wilco, sums up his encyclopedic musical tastes, ...
  • The Cutting Edge of ECM

    The Cutting Edge of ECM

    Could 1969 have been any more of a momentous year in popular music? Rock festivals reached their apex—and their nadir—at Woodstock, the Isle of Wight, and Altamont. Led Zeppelin, CSN, King Crimson, and Blind Faith ...
  • Scott Amendola: Fade to Orange

    Scott Amendola: Fade to Orange

    Fade to Orange began as a commission performed in 2011 by the composer, Scott Amendola (drums and electronics), Nels Cline (Wilco’s lead guitarist), Trevor Dunn (electric and acoustic basses), and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. ...
  • “Bird” Takes Flight

    “Bird” Takes Flight

    Listeners with a casual interest in Charlie Parker and the birth of bebop might neither require nor tolerate the plethora of alternate and incomplete takes and false starts that occupy valuable audio real estate on ...
  • Keith Jarrett: Creation

    Keith Jarrett: Creation

    With its Biblical connotations, the title Creation could come off as grandiose. But if you think of the Bible as epic storytelling, then the latest live album by pianist Keith Jarrett assuredly earns its name. ...
  • Matthew Shipp Trio: To Duke

    Matthew Shipp Trio: To Duke

    You’d have to work insanely hard to make a Duke Ellington (or Billy Strayhorn) tune unrecognizable. Pianist Shipp, double bassist Michael Bisio, and drummer Whit Dickey work madly (as in “Love You Madly”) on seven ...
  • Clean Feed Records

    Clean Feed Records

    About five years ago, I received the first of what would become a steady stream of small packages of compact discs sent from Lisbon, Portugal. The CDs were sleeved in slightly undersize cardboard foldout cases, ...

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