• Not Your Father’s Big Band

    Not Your Father’s Big Band

    To some, big bands will always be relegated to the realms of nostalgia, defined by the swinging sounds of the vintage Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, and Benny Goodman bands of the 30s and ...
  • Jane Ira Bloom: Early Americans

    Jane Ira Bloom: Early Americans

    Jane Ira Bloom is among the still-small number of jazz saxophonists to have concentrated primarily on the soprano (though many play it as a second or third horn), and she has been at it for ...
  • Chasing the Dragon Records

    Chasing the Dragon Records

    The audiophile world involves a staggering amount of minutia. Everything leads, however, to an emotional payoff, as you’re constantly reminded while rubbing shoulders with people devoted to good sound. So while, if you study the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • Newvelle Records Presents Season Two

    Newvelle Records Presents Season Two

    The following is a press release issued by Newvelle Records. December 19, 2016 - Newvelle Records is a new type of label dedicated to quality and where musicians' rights are protected. Each year we record ...
  • Booker Ervin: The Freedom Book

    Booker Ervin: The Freedom Book

    The third of ten titles recorded for Prestige between 1963 and 1966, Booker Ervin’s The Freedom Book finds the Texas-born tenor player supported by the in-sync rhythm section of Jaki Byard (piano), Richard Davis (bass), ...
  • Oscar Versus the Music

    Oscar Versus the Music

    This year’s Academy Award for Best Musical Score went to Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight, which provides a good starting point for a discussion of the checkered history of the Music Branch of the ...

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