• Kevin Eubanks: Zen Food

    Kevin Eubanks: Zen Food

    His remarkably facile fingerstyle-and-thumb six-string approach caused Eubanks to be touted in the early 80s as “the next Wes Mongtomery.” Several impressive albums over the next two decades showed promise, notably 1982’s The Guitarist and ...
  • Marc Ribot: Silent Movies

    Marc Ribot: Silent Movies

    Except for a few unobtrusive overdubs, Silent Movies is a solo jazz guitar record that casts a quiet but powerful spell. The tempos are slow, the playing sparse, the mood somber. The “compulsory distortion, rude ...
  • Black Dub

    Black Dub

    Black Dub’s self-titled debut album imaginatively combines 60s-style psychedelic guitar riffs with reggae-tinged blues, female soul singing, and gospel music. With Daniel Lanois on guitar, Trixie Whitley on lead vocals and keyboard, Brian Blade on ...
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1-3

    Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1-3

    Tchaikovsky and Dvorak are in the same boat in one way—you’d think they only wrote three symphonies, but numbered them 4, 5, and 6 in Tchaikovsky’s case, and 7, 8, and 9 in Dvorak’s. While ...
  • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

    Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

    The buzz around the debut of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen is well-earned. A lot of what makes the quartet special is found on the first track, the hard- charging Solivan original, “Driftin’ Apart.” The ...
  • Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz

    Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz

    Sufjan Stevens fans tend to cut their hero a lot of slack. After all, his last full-length album of new material was Illinois—a towering blend of rock structures, classical composition techniques, and poetic lyrics. His ...
  • Ten Best Classic-Jazz Vinyl Reissues

    Ten Best Classic-Jazz Vinyl Reissues

    1. Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Further Out. (Issue 209) 2. Andrew Hill: Point of Departure. (Issue 213) 3. Illinois Jacquet: Swing’s The Thing. (Issue 213) 4. Ben Webster: The Soul of Ben Webster. (Issue 216) ...
  • Jimi Hendrix: West Coast Seattle Boy

    Jimi Hendrix: West Coast Seattle Boy

    This richly rewarding four-CD, one- DVD set with 60-page booklet traces Hendrix’s rise from sideman with the Isley Brothers, Little Richard, and King Curtis, to rock-guitar god. The tracks, recorded between 1964 and 1970, are ...

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