• Yuko Mabuchi Trio

    Yuko Mabuchi Trio

    If the eponymous debut album by the Yuko Mabuchi Trio can be seen as a coming out party, it’s hard to imagine the musicians squeezing any more out of the event. The nearly hour-long set ...
  • Catching up with David Murray

    Catching up with David Murray

    In 1979 I attended a club performance by the original lineup of Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, a quartet that, along with Peter Warren on bass and DeJohnette on drums, featured two horn players, one who ...
  • The Christmas Records

    The Christmas Records

    Beginning in 1963, The Beatles sent out a Christmas record every year to members of their fan clubs—or “Beatles people,” as they were called. In all, seven 7-inches appeared, and on December 15 Apple Corps ...
  • Legrand Jazz on Vinyl

    Legrand Jazz on Vinyl

    Legrand Jazz sold well after its release in 1959. Part of its success had to do with brand loyalty, as the leader of the album, who handpicked the musicians for three different recording sessions and ...
  • Where Art Meets Music

    Where Art Meets Music

    The first of its kind, 1977’s Album Cover Album was a popular coffee-table book that focused on LP covers without restrictions to musical genres or design. Of the books that followed, Blue Note: Album Cover ...
  • Catching Up with Ferit Odman

    Catching Up with Ferit Odman

    Many music fans discovered the drummer and band leader Ferit Odman in 2016, when his all-analog vinyl LP Dameronia with Strings impressed both audiophiles and jazz lovers. The record combined pristine sonics with performances that ...
  • Musica Nuda: Little Wonder

    Musica Nuda: Little Wonder

    If duets pairing double bass and female jazz vocals have become more widely accepted since the days when Sheila Jordan struggled to find work with that lineup, that may be because more people have realized ...
  • Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding

    Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding

    The sessions for John Wesley Harding took place in Columbia’s Nashville recording studios, where most of Bob Dylan’s previous album, Blonde on Blonde, was also recorded. Bob Johnston was again the producer, and the core ...
  • Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince

    Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince

    For a jazz album, Kamasi Washington’s The Epic drew an unusually wide audience after its release in 2015. The four musicians at the core of Planetary Prince—pianist and leader Cameron Graves, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., ...
  • Newvelle Begins Year Two

    Newvelle Begins Year Two

    The number of jazz releases on vinyl keeps growing, with recent developments including a wave of both new and reissued ECM titles receiving the wax treatment. Also, the subscription-based and vinyl-only New York/Paris label Newvelle ...

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