• Starlicker: Double Demon

    Starlicker: Double Demon

    Starlicker features an unusual lineup for a trio—trumpet, vibes, and drums—but Double Demon blends the instruments together nicely, making music that’s both adventurous and accessible. This has partly to do with rhythm: two percussionists playing ...
  • Michael Brecker: Pilgrimage

    Michael Brecker: Pilgrimage

    Because only a small fraction of contemporary jazz is released on vinyl, recently-recorded LPs should matter, and fortunately Mobile Fidelity has lent its talents to Michael Brecker’s Pilgrimage. Recorded months before Brecker succumbed to leukemia, ...
  • Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley

    Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley

    Occasionally, when writing a music review, I have a strong hunch that some readers will be so excited to discover something’s been released that my review is almost superfluous—just knowing the record exists will send ...
  • Counting Crows: Underwater Sunshine

    Counting Crows: Underwater Sunshine

    Their first album the Counting Crows recorded after leaving a major label, Underwater Sunshine consists entirely of covers, and as such comes across as an opportunity for the Bay Area band to recharge their batteries. ...
  • Priscilla Ahn: A Good Day

    Priscilla Ahn: A Good Day

    Recently more recordings have started showing up on audiophile vinyl within a few years of their initial release, including albums originally only available as CDs or downloads. Such is the case with Priscilla Ahn’s A ...
  • Dr. John: Locked Down

    Dr. John: Locked Down

    Forget Jimi versus God, forget the Beatles versus the Stones—in the late Sixties the stiffest competition involved the most bizarre musician on the planet. Arthur Brown and Captain Beefheart were definitely upper tier, but first ...
  • George Russell

    George Russell

    George Russell’s contribution to jazz theory is so formidable that his own recordings seem to lag behind in recognition, which makes this nine-CD set of mid-career material from 1968 to 1982 all the more welcome. ...
  • Kate Bush: 50 Words for Snow

    Kate Bush: 50 Words for Snow

    The muses are often fickle, and continually wooing them back has perplexed even the most gifted pop musicians. Nonstop touring can stifle creativity, but so can long periods away from the star-maker machinery—and that would ...
  • The Smiths: Complete

    The Smiths: Complete

    One step in becoming a great band is believing you’re great, and The Smiths had no problem with that. Before playing a single note together Morrissey and Johnny Marr were convinced their music would have ...

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