• Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope

    Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope

    As lead guitarist of Wilco, Nels Cline helps liberate Jeff Tweedy’s inner skronkmeister. In his Singers, with drummer Scott Amendola and bassist Trevor Dunn, Cline works his sorcery amid fewer preset structures. Although he calls ...
  • Beth Orton: Sugaring Season

    Beth Orton: Sugaring Season

    On the delicate “Mystery,” the final track of her first album in six years, Beth Orton calls to mind early Joni Mitchell. Up to that point, the most obvious vocal reference is the same as ...
  • Keith Jarrett: Testament

    Keith Jarrett: Testament

    Anyone delving into Keith Jarrett’s solo piano music for the first time with this three-CD set will find the qualities that made him hugely popular in the 1970s. Romance, drama, startling leaps, and spins along ...
  • Tin Hat: Foreign Legion

    Tin Hat: Foreign Legion

    A work-in-progress since releasing the first of its five studio albums in 1999, Tin Hat blends tango, Eastern European, country-and-western, and other musical idioms into a readily identifiable ensemble sound. When Rob Burger (accordion, keyboards) ...
  • Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu: Chiaroscuro

    Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu: Chiaroscuro

    This exquisite duo recording pairs one of ECM Records’ veterans with one of its rising stars. Sixty-nine-year-old American guitarist Towner made his ECM debut in 1972 after co-founding the pioneering world-fusion band Oregon. Forty-eight- year-old ...
  • Elina Duni Quartet: Matanë Malit

    Elina Duni Quartet: Matanë Malit

    When producer Manfred Eicher ventures into ethnic vocal music, in this case traditional and contemporary Albanian folk tunes sung by 31-year-old expatriate Duni, you can count on a recording with his label’s iconic cool and ...
  • Fred Hersch Trio: Whirl

    Fred Hersch Trio: Whirl

    The music should be enough when it comes to heralding Fred Hersch as one of the great jazz musicians of our time. But circumstances in the 54-year-old pianist’s personal life took his music—and consciousness—away for ...
  • 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 ...
  • Mark Knopfler: Privateering

    Mark Knopfler: Privateering

    Nearly 35 years into a recording career that began with the self-titled Dire Straits album, singer-songwriter-guitarist-produ- cer Knopfler holds as steady on his course as such older baby-boom peers as Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, and ...
  • Giya Kancheli: Themes from the Songbook

    Giya Kancheli: Themes from the Songbook

    Outside Europe, Giya Kancheli is likely familiar only to classical music followers of conductor Dennis Russel Davies, the Kronos Quartet, violist Kim Kashkashian, and Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer. But closer to his birthplace in Tblisi, ...
  • Scott Amendola Trio: Lift

    Scott Amendola Trio: Lift

    Like many great drummers, Scott Amendola puts his percussion at the service of the music first, in support of his fellow players second, and in the spotlight third. The Bay Area-based Amendola, known for his ...

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