• Willie Nelson: Remember Me, Vol.1

    Willie Nelson: Remember Me, Vol.1

    Those Willie Nelson critics who bait the red-headed stranger for coasting too much as a recording artist will regard Remember Me, Vol. 1 as prima facie evidence. Granted, he could use a bit more glide ...
  • Levee Town: Pages of Paperwork

    Levee Town: Pages of Paperwork

    Coming out of a resurgent Kansas City blues scene, Levee Town is a basic, unrelenting quartet with a powerhouse guitarist in Brandon Hudspeth, an inspired harmonica master in Jimmie Meade, and a right-on-the-money rhythm section ...
  • Kentucky Headhunters Dixie Lullabies

    Kentucky Headhunters Dixie Lullabies

    Ever wonder why no one ever sings anymore about the budget delights of Boone’s Farm wine? Especially the strawberry flavored kind? Well the Kentucky Headhunters haven’t forgotten the small pleasures and cheap thrills that make ...
  • Muddy Waters: Folk Singer

    Muddy Waters: Folk Singer

    Muddy Waters’ Folk Singer is no stranger to the reissue circuit. From MoFi in the early 90s to Classic Records’ more recent vinyl release, this is a perennial audiophile favorite. So what could justify another ...
  • Vijay Iyer Trio: Accelerando

    Vijay Iyer Trio: Accelerando

    Pianist Vijay Iyer, bassist Stephan Crump, and drummer Marcus Gilmore trade intricate rhythms like The Flying Karamazov Brothers toss juggling pins back and forth across the stage. The action seems effortless, nearly telepathic, and relies ...
  • George Russell

    George Russell

    George Russell’s contribution to jazz theory is so formidable that his own recordings seem to lag behind in recognition, which makes this nine-CD set of mid-career material from 1968 to 1982 all the more welcome. ...
  • Steve Lacy: The Sun and Avignon and After

    Steve Lacy: The Sun and Avignon and After

    The UK-based Emanem label has gathered recordings from 1969-74 by soprano saxophonist supreme Steve Lacy, from various group and solo sessions, on two well organized CDs of exceedingly generous length (74 and 79 minutes). Some ...
  • Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 4 & 5

    Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 4 & 5

    Like many other symphonic institutions, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has established its own in-house record label. All six TSO Live releases to date have been conducted by Peter Oundjian, the Orchestra’s music director since 2004. ...
  • Bacewicz: Piano Quintets; Piano Sonata 2

    Bacewicz: Piano Quintets; Piano Sonata 2

    Though doubtless the greatest Polish composer between Szymanowski and Lutoslawski, Grazyna Bacewicz (1909- 69) is (unlike them) known more for her chamber music than her orchestral works. This new release collects three of her mid-century ...
  • Gregory Spears: Requiem

    Gregory Spears: Requiem

    Spears is no compositional Caspar Milquetoast; he writes biting, exotic harmonies and, like Stravinsky, draws forth a beauty at times rough-hewn or violent. If I had to make a comparison, I’d say his Requiem is ...
  • Handel: The Eight Great Suites

    Handel: The Eight Great Suites

    Handel isn’t known these days as a keyboard composer, but far more copies of his keyboard works were in circulation during his life than copies of Bach’s or Scarlatti’s. These suites are in fact similar ...
  • Kate Bush: 50 Words for Snow

    Kate Bush: 50 Words for Snow

    The muses are often fickle, and continually wooing them back has perplexed even the most gifted pop musicians. Nonstop touring can stifle creativity, but so can long periods away from the star-maker machinery—and that would ...

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