• Kate St. John:  Second Sight

    Kate St. John: Second Sight

    These days you might know singer and songwriter Kate St. John as a film-music supervisor (Far from the Madding Crowd), orchestral arranger (Laura Marling, Hal Wilner), or session player (Van Morrison, Tom Waits). But 20 ...
  • Season Two of Newvelle Records

    Season Two of Newvelle Records

    Launched just two years ago, Newvelle Records has already found its niche in both the jazz and audiophile worlds. The high production standards of this subscription-based vinyl-only outfit are manifested in album covers with gorgeous ...
  • Judee Sill: Heart Food

    Judee Sill: Heart Food

    Prostitution, drug addiction, and armed robbery were part of Judee Sill’s world before the folk singer-songwriter released two albums on Asylum in the early 1970s. Her demons were never permanently exorcised, and she died of ...
  • Modern Jazz Quartet: Pyramid

    Modern Jazz Quartet: Pyramid

    This pristine vinyl reissue of MJQ’s 1960 Pyramid will be welcomed by all who value the most exalted productions of midcentury-modern artistry. It’s also an ideal demonstration of what made the group—here just the four ...
  • Four New ECM LPs on Vinyl

    Four New ECM LPs on Vinyl

    The mechanics of listening to an LP—removing the vinyl platter from the sleeve, placing it on the turntable, perhaps locking it down, moving the arm over, and lowering the cartridge and stylus—impose an unhurried experience. ...
  • Why Tom Petty Was Great

    Why Tom Petty Was Great

    Recently the world lost Tom Petty, a great American rock musician. Appreciation pieces popped up on network nightly newscasts and the front pages of major newspapers; Rolling Stone rushed out a tribute issue; and radio ...
  • Chesky: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

    Chesky: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

    By my count, these two piano concertos are David Chesky’s 18th and 19th compositions with the word “concerto” in the title—and there are actually several others characterized as “Urban Concertos” in his catalog. Chesky’s style ...
  • Yuko Mabuchi Trio

    Yuko Mabuchi Trio

    If the eponymous debut album by the Yuko Mabuchi Trio can be seen as a coming out party, it’s hard to imagine the musicians squeezing any more out of the event. The nearly hour-long set ...
  • Richard Thompson:  Rumor and Sigh

    Richard Thompson: Rumor and Sigh

    Originally released in 1991, Richard Thompson’s sixth solo album arrived during a pivotal period in the English folk-rocker’s catalog. His third collaboration with producer Mitchell Froom (and engineer Tchad Blake), the 14-song collection continued an ...

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