• Shostakovitch: Piano Concerto No. 2

    Shostakovitch: Piano Concerto No. 2

    Composed in 1957 for his son Maxim’s graduation recital, the Second Piano Concerto is regarded by some as one of Shostakovich’s lesser works. Shostakovich himself said that it had “no redeeming artistic merits.” Nonetheless, he ...
  • Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Paul Simon has been criticized for sounding on his new album like, well, Paul Simon, most notably Graceland-era Paul Simon. But so what? Sure, Simon has prided himself since the release of that 1986 masterwork ...
  • The Cars: Move Like This

    The Cars: Move Like This

    You know the 80s revival is revved up when The Cars cruise back onto the pop-music scene. It’s been 25 years since the hit band’s career stalled with the sputtering Door to Door. This high-octane ...
  • David Bromberg: Use Me

    David Bromberg: Use Me

    The follow-up to 2007’s excellent acoustic folk and blues album Try Me One More Time finds singer and guitarist David Bromberg strapping on his vintage Telecaster and plugging into a pack of big-name buddies who ...
  • The Feelies: Here Before

    The Feelies: Here Before

    The first Feelies album in twenty years, Here Before reaffirms what their debut LP, Crazy Rhythms, made clear in 1980: although The Feelies have various influences (the Velvet Underground in particular), they’ve forged a unique ...
  • Keren Ann: 101

    Keren Ann: 101

    Keren Ann’s 101 evokes noirish vignettes of loss, heartbreak, and longing, skillfully mixing ethereal sound with sophisticated and sometimes twisted storylines. Her music incorporates many influences, including Leonard Cohen and Jacques Brel for songwriting, and ...
  • Dana Fuchs: Love to Beg

    Dana Fuchs: Love to Beg

    From the first electric slide howl of the opening title track—one of several original numbers dissecting obsessive- compulsive love affairs—to the closing “Superman,” a herky-jerky stomp on recent socio-political fiascos, Dana Fuchs offers a virtuoso ...
  • Ana Moura: Coliseu

    Ana Moura: Coliseu

    Fado (pronounced FAH-doo, with a very soft “d”) is Portuguese urban folk music. Ana Moura sings these songs, new and old, in a traditional style, clearly influenced by one of the Fado greats, Amalia Rodrigues ...
  • Steve Khan: Parting Shot

    Steve Khan: Parting Shot

    As long ago as his 1983 outing, Casa Loco, guitarist-composer-producer Khan had been hinting at this kind of infectious Latin-jazz fusion. He’s made several gestures in this direction over the years, most recently on 2006’s ...
  • Bill Frisell: Sign of Life

    Bill Frisell: Sign of Life

    Known primarily as a jazz-fusion innovator, guitarist Frisell imparts his unique palette of timbres, textures, and colors to a chamber setting with his 858 Quartet (Jenny Scheinman, violin; Eyvind Kang, viola; Hank Roberts, cello), founded ...
  • Bill Dixon: Intents and Purposes

    Bill Dixon: Intents and Purposes

    Very few records are genuinely unique; musicians usually work with known frameworks, and in the rare instances where really new territory is charted, it doesn’t take long for settlers to arrive. When RCA released trumpeter ...

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