• Newvelle Records Launches Season Three

    Newvelle Records Launches Season Three

    The notion that time flies definitely applies to Newvelle Records, a subscription-based vinyl-only jazz label. It seems we’d just discovered a new record company that stood out for its high production standards musically, sonically, and ...
  • Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

    Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

    Cuban-born drummer-composer Dafnis Priesto has plied his impressive polyrhythmic skills primarily in small group settings. On this ambitious project, the multi-directional force of nature directs a dynamic 17-piece ensemble from behind the kit with typical ...
  • For Glenn Gould. Stewart Goodyear

    For Glenn Gould. Stewart Goodyear

    On a Sunday afternoon in January of 1955, 23-year-old Glenn Gould played his U.S. debut recital at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. This highly idiosyncratic program included music by Gibbons (Lord Salisbury’s Pavan), Sweelinck ...
  • Aretha, True and Free

    Aretha, True and Free

    On the morning of August 16, I was awakened to news of Aretha Franklin’s passing as announced on New York City’s classical station, WQXR, followed by the sound of Aretha rolling out her stunning rendition ...
  • Keith Jarrett: After the Fall

    Keith Jarrett: After the Fall

    This 1998 document of Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette came after the pianist’s two-year recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A 2-CD set, it shows Jarrett in good humor ...
  • Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign

    Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign

    Thanks in large part to rock guitarists such as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, by the late 60s a new and wider appreciation emerged for the previous generation of black American blues musicians. Prominent among ...
  • The Mayor of MacDougal Street

    The Mayor of MacDougal Street

    The “Early-60s Folk Music Revival” incubated gigantic talents that reshaped popular music forever—Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell being the most prominent. A whole world of rock and pop music, “singer-songwriters,” and hybrid folk-rock Americana is ...
  • Doug MacLeod: Break the Chain

    Doug MacLeod: Break the Chain

    Singer, songwriter, and skilled guitarist Doug MacLeod has won four Blues Music Awards, including 2017’s Acoustic Artist of the Year. As a singer and guitarist, this New York native is a cross between John Hammond ...
  • Sleeping Cats Meets QCA

    Sleeping Cats Meets QCA

    Spring Grove Avenue is a street in Cincinnati, Ohio, that, due to its wide lanes, light traffic, and limited stoplights, makes for a leisurely drive. It’s also a picturesque thoroughfare flanked with large old factories ...
  • Julian Lage: Modern Lore

    Julian Lage: Modern Lore

    After precious, pristine duo outings with pianist Fred Hersch and fellow guitarist Nels Cline, one-time wunderkind Julian Lage settled into a simpatico trio setting with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen on 2016’s acclaimed ...

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