• Charlie Haden, 1937–2014

    Charlie Haden, 1937–2014

    The recent death of bassist Charlie Haden at age 76 was a huge blow to the jazz world. Along with losing a great musician, we lost an important spokesman for jazz, which to Haden was ...
  • Putting Some English on Jazz

    Putting Some English on Jazz

    Wouldn’t it be great if a music label celebrated the U.K.’s contribution to modern jazz and spotlighted some up-and-coming players as well? And what if that label took elaborate measures to ensure that the recordings ...
  • Pixel: We Are All Small Pixels

    Pixel: We Are All Small Pixels

    Pixel is a young Norwegian jazz quartet whose lead vocalist, bassist, and principal songwriter, Ellen Andrea Wang, is adept at all those roles. Their sound combines jazz elements with a pop sensibility during the vocal ...
  • Steve Dawson: Rattlesnake Cage

    Steve Dawson: Rattlesnake Cage

    Steve Dawson is a versatile Canadian roots musician who’s worked extensively as a solo artist and in a group context. He’s kept busy as a songwriter, sideman, singer, and producer who heads his own label, ...
  • Arcade Fire: Reflektor

    Arcade Fire: Reflektor

    While listening to Arcade Fire’s Reflektor the first time I quickly flashed back to the Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, and there was probably some rationale behind that. Both albums replaced a readily-identifiable sound with ...
  • Mack Avenue Records

    Mack Avenue Records

    These days it’s tough to create and sustain a jazz label that has any real impact. One challenge is that, as guitarist Marc Ribot has pointed out, jazz artists suffer a great deal more than ...
  • Flaming Lips: Embryonic

    Flaming Lips: Embryonic

    With 1999’s The Soft Bulletin The Flaming Lips evolved from indie rockers with a cult following into a major band. The equally impressive follow-up Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots again delivered expertly crafted neo-psychedelic pop ...
  • Jeff Beck: Emotion & Commotion

    Jeff Beck: Emotion & Commotion

    Jeff Beck is on a roll. His appearance at the 2007 Crossroads Festival turned heads, 2008’s "Live at Ronnie Scott’s" went platinum, and this year included tour dates with Eric Clapton. His new release is ...
  • Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street

    Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street

    Exile on Main Street was conceived and recorded when distractions and self-destruction ran rampant for the Rolling Stones. While they trudged ahead on endless recording sessions and added tracks held over from previous sessions, what ...
  • Frank Sinatra: New York

    Frank Sinatra: New York

    Frank Sinatra: New York collects previously unreleased live performances in historic NYC locations; the DVD, for example, features an entire Carnegie Hall concert. During the 45-year time span that these recordings encompass Sinatra remained a ...
  • Los Lobos: Tin Can Trust

    Los Lobos: Tin Can Trust

    There’s a groove that Los Lobos keeps finding on Tin Can Trust that’s kind of slow and that seems like the ultimate cruising music, perfect to listen to if you’re driving down a street as ...

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