• Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood: Juice

    Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood: Juice

    Jazz guitar star John Scofield dips back into a string-bending funk-blues bag in this fourth collaboration with jamband godfathers Medeski, Martin & Wood. Together they exhibit their shared love of N’awlins second-line grooves, Meters-styled organ-fueled ...
  • Hot Rize: When I’m Free

    Hot Rize: When I’m Free

    It starts with a jaunty curlicue riff from “Mr. Banjo” (Pete Wernick) before Tim O’Brien’s plaintive vocal announces “Western Skies,” a tune born of heartbreak and centered on incipient wanderlust and its attendant anxieties. Hot ...
  • The Analogue Productions RCA SACDs

    The Analogue Productions RCA SACDs

    The RCA Living Stereo records of the 1950s and 1960s (pre-Dynagroove) have been considered by many audiophiles to rank among the best sounding recordings ever made. They are even more desirable because of RCA’s incredible ...
  • Female Jazz Vocalists

    Female Jazz Vocalists

    In Issue 219 I wrote an overview of contemporary female jazz singers that bypassed the most well-known vocalists. Since that issue I’ve kept listening, and gradually a new list was created. Like last time, I ...
  • David Bowie: Sound + Vision

    David Bowie: Sound + Vision

    This reissued compilation should add to the Bowie buzz that began with 2013’s comeback The Next Day and continued in 2014 when Showtime cablecast David Bowie: Five Years. In 1985, Bowie’s CDs sounded so thin ...
  • The Smoke Sessions Label

    The Smoke Sessions Label

    Classic live albums recorded at legendary clubs are a vital part of jazz history. To name but a few, the Five Spot, the Village Vanguard, Birdland, and the Half Note all have timeless records associated ...
  • Charlie Haden—Jim Hall

    Charlie Haden—Jim Hall

    When Charlie Haden died on July 11, 2014, at age 76, the jazz world lost one of its most pivotal acoustic bassists. The same, in relationship to the electric guitar, should be said for Jim ...
  • Have Organ, Will Travel

    Have Organ, Will Travel

    Cameron Carpenter is without a doubt the most visible organist on the planet. First of all, the 33-year-old Juilliard graduate’s abilities as a player are second to none. He possesses an astounding technique and unfailingly ...
  • The Beatles in Mono

    The Beatles in Mono

    The Beatles in Mono, the 14-LP box set of the band’s UK albums, was released on September 9 and completes a journey begun in 2009, the year that the fully remastered Beatles catalog was offered ...

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