• Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues

    Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues

    In his first solo record in more than 14 years, Gregg Allman offers a self-assured, spirited tribute to the many bluesmen who’ve influenced him over his career. Highlights include “Sleepy” John Estes’ ominous “Floating Bridge,” ...
  • Jim Byrnes: Everywhere West

    Jim Byrnes: Everywhere West

    We most recently heard from veteran Canada-by-way-of-St. Louis bluesman Jim Byrnes via a terrific performance on a Mississippi Sheiks tribute steered by his producer, Steve Dawson. On his new Everywhere West, with Dawson again behind ...
  • Gyan Riley: Stream of Gratitude

    Gyan Riley: Stream of Gratitude

    Given Gyan Riley’s pedigree and past collaborations, no one should expect him to pick up a classical nylon-string guitar and emulate Andrés Segovia. The 33-year-old son of new-music icon and minimalism innovator Terry Riley (In ...
  • Dave Liebman Group: Turnaround

    Dave Liebman Group: Turnaround

    Re-imagining the music of free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman, saxophonist Dave Liebman and his longstanding group explore Coleman classics from 50 years ago like “The Blessing,” “Lonely Woman,” and “Beauty is a Rare Thing” with ...
  • Jim Hall and Joey Baron: Conversations

    Jim Hall and Joey Baron: Conversations

    between two kindred spirits from different generations. The 80-year-old guitar legend is well known for his beautiful chord voicings, dramatic use of space, and delicate, walking-on-eggshells aesthetic (perhaps best exemplified on Undercurrent, his classic 1962 ...
  • Ella and Duke at The Cote D'Azur

    Ella and Duke at The Cote D'Azur

    In 1966 Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington travelled to Antibes for a four-night stint that was recorded and released as two separate titles: Ella & Duke at The Cote D’Azur, which juxtaposes tunes between them—with ...
  • Bill Evans at Town Hall

    Bill Evans at Town Hall

    This is a state-of-the-art, 180-gram vinyl reissue of one of the most significant records by one the most influential of all jazz pianists. That really should be enough, but in the case of Bill Evans ...
  • Leonard Bernstein: The Symphony Edition

    Leonard Bernstein: The Symphony Edition

    The latest in Sony’s continual repackaging of its Bernstein holdings, this blockbuster portrays the conductor as a world- striding interpreter of symphonies: 60 CDs in an LP-sized case containing most of his Columbia (aka CBS ...
  • Janacek: Complete String Quartets

    Janacek: Complete String Quartets

    Complete string quartets? Aren’t there just two? Not exactly. The Kreutzer Sonata and Intimate Letters quartets are both from Janácek’s last years, inspired by his intense romantic attachment to Kamila Stösslová, a much younger woman. ...
  • Amy Briggs: Tangos for Piano

    Amy Briggs: Tangos for Piano

    These are modern-era “concert tangos,” not vernacular numbers danced on stages and in ballrooms, cabarets, and bars around the world. Some are modernist, post-tonal, even subversive, whether angular or recondite or vaporous, splashing tone-clusters up ...
  • Jan Garbarek: Officium Novum

    Jan Garbarek: Officium Novum

    Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble have released their third album, after Officium and Mnemosyne, both of which were damned by purists and praised by the more adventurous. The conceit is that the singers perform ...

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