• Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods

    Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods

    When Charles Mingus recorded Tijuana Moods in July 1957 he was really hitting his stride. The previous year saw the release of Pithecanthropus Erectus and The Clown for Atlantic, and by the end of 1957 ...
  • Matthew Shipp Trio: Root of Things

    Matthew Shipp Trio: Root of Things

    Earlier this year, the prolific jazz pianist Matthew Shipp announced his intention to cut back on his domestic releases, noting how difficult it has become to get independent-label recordings, especially those categorized as avant-garde, to ...
  • Impressed to Death

    Impressed to Death

    If, circa 1971, you and I had been hanging out in my college dorm room and you had said to me “Man, I’ll bet that, 43 years from now, you’ll be attending an academic conference ...
  • Keb' Mo': Bluesamericana

    Keb' Mo': Bluesamericana

    Three-time Grammy winner Keb' Mo’ returns with another trophy-worthy exploration of the human condition (notably his own) in various iterations of the blues as only he seems to imagine them. Consider the deftly executed archetypal ...
  • Sunday Morning Hi Fi #3

    Sunday Morning Hi Fi #3

    Welcome to Sunday Morning Hi Fi #3! Sorry about the delay this week, I had some technical issues and this one didn’t post on time. The main picture is Jack White with one of his ...
  • Sunday Morning Hi Fi #2

    Sunday Morning Hi Fi #2

    Welcome back to Sunday Morning Hi Fi, a weekly blog that celebrates high-end audio, discusses new gear, and seeks to discover great music. One of the pleasures I take on a Sunday morning is throwing ...
  • David Weiss: When Words Fail

    David Weiss: When Words Fail

    This trumpeter-composer-arranger and bandleader’s latest outing reflects the profound sense of personal loss he experienced in the past year. The bittersweet title track, which features some robust, probing tenor sax playing by Marcus Strickland, is ...
  • Kathleen Grace: No Place to Fall

    Kathleen Grace: No Place to Fall

    Shortly after Kathleen Grace established herself as a jazz vocalist, country music started to lure her away, and on her fourth album, No Place to Fall, this stylistic turn fits her so well that there ...
  • Download Roundup - Beck: Morning Phase

    Download Roundup - Beck: Morning Phase

    Morning Phase finds Beck, the ever-restless singer/songwriter/producer/ instrumentalist, in the same mellow, thoughtful mood he unveiled on 2002’s Sea Change. The songs unfold at unhurried tempos—there’s not an upbeat number in the batch—forcing you yourself ...
  • Yarlung Records Makes A Splash

    Yarlung Records Makes A Splash

    One of the pleasures of experiencing a second golden age of audio is witnessing all the ways record labels keep evolving. Take, for example, Yarlung Records, a California- based company that, when it was launched ...
  • Charlie Haden, 1937–2014

    Charlie Haden, 1937–2014

    The recent death of bassist Charlie Haden at age 76 was a huge blow to the jazz world. Along with losing a great musician, we lost an important spokesman for jazz, which to Haden was ...
  • Antonia Bennett to Release Debut CD

    Antonia Bennett to Release Debut CD

    “Liza Minnelli, Natalie Cole, Norah Jones. Now, Antonia Bennett can be added to the list of second-generation vocalists with the potential to rival an iconic parent’s pizzazz.”—Jazz Times “A captivating combination of contemporary and timeless, ...

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