• Billy Strings: Home

    Billy Strings: Home

    Yes, Billy Strings is a real person’s name, and a more apt moniker would be difficult to find. This is Mr. Strings’ first album and he’s a young guy, but he’s already a seasoned pro ...
  • Bill Dixon/Cecil Taylor: Duets 1992

    Bill Dixon/Cecil Taylor: Duets 1992

    Listening to abstract music isn’t for everybody. But for those who go with flow of freely improvised “jazz”—performed with no written score and no rehearsal and absent the familiar touchstones of premeditated melody, harmony, and ...
  • A Good Time to Buy Music

    A Good Time to Buy Music

    I live within walking distance of the Ludlow Garage, a small Cincinnati music venue that, in the late 60s and early 70s, hosted Santana, Frank Zappa, BB King, and countless other artists. Live at Ludlow ...
  • The Versatile Luther Russell

    The Versatile Luther Russell

    Once upon a time, while pawing through CDs at a pawn shop, I came across a self-titled album by the Freewheelers (1991, DGC/UMG). I liked the sound of the group’s name, and I cracked up ...
  • The Replacements: Dead Man's Pop

    The Replacements: Dead Man's Pop

    The Replacements had reached a crossroads when they recorded 1989’s Don’t Tell A Soul. With five albums behind them, they were far too good of a band to warrant the modest sales they received even ...
  • Steve Khan’s Latin Muse

    Steve Khan’s Latin Muse

    During the 1970s, guitarist Steve Khan strung together three fusion albums for Columbia Records—Tight Rope, The Blue Man, Arrows—that saw him sustaining the sound of the original Brecker Brothers band, which he was a member ...
  • New From PRO-JECT: First Record

    New From PRO-JECT: First Record

    The following is a press release issued by PRO-JECT. February 7, 2020 - For nearly 30 years, PRO-JECT has been known for offering the best in luxury audio listening equipment, but now the brand is ...
  • Abdullah Ibrahim: The Balance

    Abdullah Ibrahim: The Balance

    The great South African pianist/composer Abdullah Ibrahim has slowed his pace in recent years, and has most often been heard either solo or with a trio on his infrequent recording dates. But now he has ...
  • Return to Abbey Road

    Return to Abbey Road

    When I attended last year’s press conference at Capitol Records for the 50th Anniversary launch of The Beatles, aka The White Album, a journalist shouted out to producer Giles Martin, “Hey, what about Abbey Road?” ...
  • Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet

    Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet

    From his early Suzuki method training starting at age four, to his stints with hot jazz/swing revivalists Squirrel Nut Zippers and bandleader of his Bowl of Fire group, followed by a dozen studio albums, Andrew ...
  • Bill Frisell: Harmony

    Bill Frisell: Harmony

    Bill Frisell makes his Blue Note label debut as a leader not by emphasizing his guitar but rather by celebrating the human voice. He doesn’t do any of the singing; he puts longtime collaborator Petra ...

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