• Booker Ervin: The Freedom Book

    Booker Ervin: The Freedom Book

    The third of ten titles recorded for Prestige between 1963 and 1966, Booker Ervin’s The Freedom Book finds the Texas-born tenor player supported by the in-sync rhythm section of Jaki Byard (piano), Richard Davis (bass), ...
  • Anthony Wilson: Frogtown

    Anthony Wilson: Frogtown

    Anthony Wilson is surely one of today’s most versatile, creative, and chameleonic guitarists. A longtime member of Diana Krall’s band, he’s played with the likes of Paul McCartney and Willie Nelson and worked with some ...
  • Tony Bennett: At Carnegie Hall

    Tony Bennett: At Carnegie Hall

    Wow. That’s about all I could muster when I first heard this stunning LP reissue. And yes, I plead a baffling ignorance to its existence, which makes me (and anyone else hearing them for the ...
  • Johnny Cash: American VI

    Johnny Cash: American VI

    “Oh death, where is thy sting? Oh grave, where is thy victory?” Johnny Cash intones at the start of “I Corinthians 15:55.” The tune, among the last Cash ever wrote, is lovely and reflective, and ...
  • Pro-Ject Xtension 10 Turntable

    Pro-Ject Xtension 10 Turntable

    With the current analog revival showing no signs of slowing down, and the prices of today’s best gear continuing to escalate, it’s only natural for audio companies to expand their offerings upmarket. Indeed, at least ...
  • Vinyl Heaven

    Vinyl Heaven

    As soon as I was old enough to drive I would make regular treks from my parents’ house on the Peninsula to what for many years was one of the country’s great record stores, Tower ...
  • Sam Rivers: Fucshia Swing Song

    Sam Rivers: Fucshia Swing Song

    Years ago I heard the Sam Rivers trio at a miniscule San Francisco jazz club; it remains one of the most memorable live music experiences of my life, even though until I’d heard the Mosaic ...
  • Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True

    Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True

    Although little can or needs to be said about Elvis Costello’s superb 1977 debut, My Aim is True, there’s plenty to say about Mobile Fidelity’s breathtaking new 180-gram vinyl release. As mastered by MoFi vet ...

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