• Christian Sands: Be Water

    Christian Sands: Be Water

    Pianist Christian Sands came out of the gate with his proverbial wheels screeching. A prodigy who cut his first record at the age of 12, he flashed impressive chops both as a sideman in Christian ...
  • Ennio Morricone, 1928–2020

    Ennio Morricone, 1928–2020

    Ennio Morricone recently passed away at the age of 91. Having worked until very near the end of his life, Morricone will be remembered primarily for his legendary career in film soundtracks and his pervasive ...
  • Neil Young: Homegrown

    Neil Young: Homegrown

    Better late than never. Neil Young recorded this “lost” album between 1974 and 1975, a period that also spawned On the Beach and Zuma. Young has called the ballad-rich Homegrown “a bridge between Harvest and ...
  • Marillion's Magically Replaced Childhood

    Marillion's Magically Replaced Childhood

    Follow the muse. It’s a musician’s mantra that’s easy to say, but often hard to do. Some bands continue kowtowing to corporate strategies that override their better creative impulses, while others—like veteran British progressive giants ...
  • Elgar & Beach: Piano Quintets

    Elgar & Beach: Piano Quintets

    Amy Beach (1867–1944) came from the same generation that brought Edith Wharton and Willa Cather to the forefront in American arts. Her impact might have been as great as theirs had her career not been ...
  • The Band: 50th Anniversary Edition

    The Band: 50th Anniversary Edition

    What makes an album timeless? I’d argue it’s the ability of the music to constantly reveal more subtleties, delights, surprises, and emotional shadings. Even as the years and decades go by, a timeless album will ...
  • John Scofield: Swallow Tales

    John Scofield: Swallow Tales

    On his ECM debut, the guitar great celebrates pioneering electric bassist and longtime collaborator Steve Swallow, whose tunes have been recorded by the likes of Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and Carla Bley. On ...
  • Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia

    Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia

    For many critical listeners, and not just readers of this magazine, the absolute sound—the sound of live, unamplified music in a real space—is a touchstone of the audiophile pursuit. Jazz recorded at a repurposed pawnshop ...
  • Rod McCormack: Fingerprints

    Rod McCormack: Fingerprints

    As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Australia native Rod McCormack didn’t need a solo album to make him one of roots music’s most important players. With credits involving work in all the above categories with ...

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