• Vanessa Fernandez: When the Levee Breaks

    Vanessa Fernandez: When the Levee Breaks

    This album boasts top-notch production quality, including an all-analog recording, mastering by Bernie Grundman, and an all-star cast of studio musicians. Engineer Michael C. Ross’ claim that the LP—which boasts remarkably clean, transparent, and realistic ...
  • George Duke: The Era WIll Prevail

    George Duke: The Era WIll Prevail

    In 1966 the owner of Saba Records, Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer, entered a nightclub where he expected to hear Les McCann, but taking the stage that evening was another pianist, George Duke. Because of his performance, ...
  • New Jazz on Vinyl

    New Jazz on Vinyl

    We all know that vinyl records, once seemingly almost defunct, have experienced a spike in sales. With new music the resurgence has crossed many genres, but some still lag behind. In my survey of current ...
  • Prince, 1958–2016

    Prince, 1958–2016

    For pop music lovers, the early months of 2016 have not been good ones. It seems we were still absorbing the new of David Bowie’s death in January when, on April 21, we learned that ...
  • AXPONA 2016: The Music

    AXPONA 2016: The Music

    AXPONA 2016 bore some resemblance to that scene in Yellow Submarine where, as John, Paul, George, and Ringo wander down a hallway, every door they open reveals something new and unexpected. For three days at ...
  • Bossa Nova Keeps Its Cool

    Bossa Nova Keeps Its Cool

    On November 21, 1962, a concert took place at Carnegie Hall that featured a long list of Brazilian musicians who prior to that night had received limited recognition in the United States as well as ...
  • Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase.

    Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase.

    Steven Wilson is the last person you’d want to attend your high school reunion. He’s too much of an overachiever: his remixes (including surround sound) of such classic progressive-rock bands as Yes, King Crimson, and ...
  • Jeff Beck: Live+

    Jeff Beck: Live+

    Where live albums tend to offer revved- up renditions of greatest hits packages or recent studio material, Live+ (which concludes with two new studio tracks) will occupy a unique place in Jeff Beck’s discography. Partly ...
  • Doug MacLeod: Exactly Like This

    Doug MacLeod: Exactly Like This

    Live-in-the-studio audiophile recordings aren’t a guaranteed success. Sometimes those meticulously documented performances with perfect microphone placement lack one essential thing: that sense of being in the moment that musicians lose when they know that if ...
  • Duke Ellington: Masterpieces

    Duke Ellington: Masterpieces

    On December 19, 1950, the Duke Ellington Orchestra recorded four songs in an abandoned church Columbia Records had recently converted into a studio. By that point recording sessions were old hat to Duke, and three ...
  • BluePort Jazz, A Labor of Love

    BluePort Jazz, A Labor of Love

    Most of us have attended a concert so amazing that afterwards we would have killed for a recording of it, but Jim Merod doesn’t have that problem. Since 1965 Merod has recorded hundreds of jazz ...

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