• 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 ...
  • Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign

    Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign

    Thanks in large part to rock guitarists such as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, by the late 60s a new and wider appreciation emerged for the previous generation of black American blues musicians. Prominent among ...
  • The Mayor of MacDougal Street

    The Mayor of MacDougal Street

    The “Early-60s Folk Music Revival” incubated gigantic talents that reshaped popular music forever—Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell being the most prominent. A whole world of rock and pop music, “singer-songwriters,” and hybrid folk-rock Americana is ...
  • Doug MacLeod: Break the Chain

    Doug MacLeod: Break the Chain

    Singer, songwriter, and skilled guitarist Doug MacLeod has won four Blues Music Awards, including 2017’s Acoustic Artist of the Year. As a singer and guitarist, this New York native is a cross between John Hammond ...
  • Sleeping Cats Meets QCA

    Sleeping Cats Meets QCA

    Spring Grove Avenue is a street in Cincinnati, Ohio, that, due to its wide lanes, light traffic, and limited stoplights, makes for a leisurely drive. It’s also a picturesque thoroughfare flanked with large old factories ...
  • Edition Records

    Edition Records

    Like Newvelle and SmallsLive, Edition Records is an artist-based jazz label. In this case the now ten-year-old pairing of pianist and composer David Stapleton and photographer Tim Dickeson has resulted in over 90 recordings. Located ...
  • 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 ...
  • ECM Vinyl Spring 2018

    ECM Vinyl Spring 2018

    Please see ECM’s Spring 2018 vinyl catalog with all the ECM vinyl LPs currently in print. The catalog includes new recordings (“New Albums on Vinyl”), reissues of classic ECM titles (“From Analog Masters”), titles from ...
  • Catching up with Kip Hanrahan

    Catching up with Kip Hanrahan

    When Kip Hanrahan released Desire Develops an Edge in 1983, listeners in its orbit were quick to recognize a masterpiece, and that album significantly increased his visibility. Like his debut LP (1981’s Coup de téte) ...
  • 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 ...
  • Donald Fagen's Cheap Xmas

    Donald Fagen's Cheap Xmas

    During their first go-round, a period bookended by 1972’s Can’t Buy a Thrill and 1980’s Gaucho, Steely Dan released a string of silver, gold, and platinum albums yet differed markedly from other best-selling artists from ...

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