• New Old Ways

    New Old Ways

    A couple of years ago, I asked Emmylou Harris her opinion of Steve Earle’s music and the state of country music in general. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter, known for shooting from the hip, didn’t mince words. ...
  • Women at the New Piano

    Women at the New Piano

    Reference Recordings garnered seven nominations for the 2016 Grammy Awards, including two for Woman at the New Piano. The disc premieres six works written in 2013 by four composers, three of whom, like Shpachenko, live ...
  • Bill Stewart: Space Squid

    Bill Stewart: Space Squid

    This innovative drummer, a role model for young players coming out of jazz schools and conservatories over the past two decades, has showcased his penchant for polyrhythms and melodicism as sideman to the likes of ...
  • Terre Roche: Imprint

    Terre Roche: Imprint

    The second-born of three talented Roche sisters that have been with us in various combinations ever since siblings Maggie and Terre made their debut in 1975 on the Paul Simon-produced LP Seductive Reasoning, Terre is ...
  • Mini LP Replica CD Series From Gearbox

    Mini LP Replica CD Series From Gearbox

    The following is a press release issued by Gearbox Records, a UK-based record label that has focused on audiophile vinyl since its inception in 2009…and is now adding compact discs to the mix. Gearbox’s discography ...
  • Lyn Stanley

    Lyn Stanley

    In the middle of Saturday afternoon at AXPONA 2016 in Chicago, I witnessed what is surely the most demanding test of an audio system there can be—an A/B showdown with The Real Thing. A crowd ...
  • Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air

    Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air

    If Frank Sinatra were alive today he would have celebrated his 100th birthday on December 12, 2015. Round-number decades inspire celebrations; centennials erect monuments. Last year witnessed the Grammy Museum’s exhibition Sinatra: An American Icon ...
  • Norman: Play

    Norman: Play

    What would the music sound like if the composer thought of the orchestra not as an ensemble of carefully balanced instrumental voices, but rather as a marvelous noise-making toy? Andrew Norman’s three-movement, three- quarter-hour-long Play ...
  • Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Simon’s jubilant release—his best since Graceland—brims with the joy of music-making and the wit of a wizened poet. But here is the secret other reviews don’t mention: This album is a killer demo disc (demo ...
  • Seven Years of Plenty

    Seven Years of Plenty

    For our most recent buyer’s guide (Issue 257), I focused on releases by Celtic bands from the 1960s and 70s, especially the acoustic, traditional bands. That meant, unfortunately, leaving out all the folk rock bands ...

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