• Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow

    Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow

    For parents tuning into Top 40 radio in the 60s, hits like “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” probably confirmed their worst fears. The band was the Jefferson Airplane from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district—the counterculture’s ...
  • Joe Jackson: Look Sharp!

    Joe Jackson: Look Sharp!

    Although Joe Jackson is rarely mentioned in the same breath as contemporaries like Elvis Costello and the Clash, he should be. All share a post-punk sensibility that melds that genre’s passionate delivery with strong melodies, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Bruckner: Symphony 9

    Bruckner: Symphony 9

    Conductors have long experimented with widely disparate tempos in Bruckner’s symphonies, perhaps because the music is so exalted that no one performance can ever fully encompass its dark mysteries and celestial heights. Rémy Ballot’s reading ...
  • Women at the New Piano

    Women at the New Piano

    Reference Recordings garnered seven nominations for the 2016 Grammy Awards, including two for Woman at the New Piano. The disc premieres six works written in 2013 by four composers, three of whom, like Shpachenko, live ...
  • Bill Stewart: Space Squid

    Bill Stewart: Space Squid

    This innovative drummer, a role model for young players coming out of jazz schools and conservatories over the past two decades, has showcased his penchant for polyrhythms and melodicism as sideman to the likes of ...
  • Terre Roche: Imprint

    Terre Roche: Imprint

    The second-born of three talented Roche sisters that have been with us in various combinations ever since siblings Maggie and Terre made their debut in 1975 on the Paul Simon-produced LP Seductive Reasoning, Terre is ...
  • Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air

    Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air

    If Frank Sinatra were alive today he would have celebrated his 100th birthday on December 12, 2015. Round-number decades inspire celebrations; centennials erect monuments. Last year witnessed the Grammy Museum’s exhibition Sinatra: An American Icon ...
  • Norman: Play

    Norman: Play

    What would the music sound like if the composer thought of the orchestra not as an ensemble of carefully balanced instrumental voices, but rather as a marvelous noise-making toy? Andrew Norman’s three-movement, three- quarter-hour-long Play ...
  • Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Simon’s jubilant release—his best since Graceland—brims with the joy of music-making and the wit of a wizened poet. But here is the secret other reviews don’t mention: This album is a killer demo disc (demo ...

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