• 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 ...
  • Tom Harrell: First Impressions

    Tom Harrell: First Impressions

    Trumpet and flugelhorn player, bandleader, composer, and arranger Tom Harrell picked up rave reviews for 2014’s Trip, an ambitious, bluesy concept album built around Don Quixote. He returns with a gorgeous album of Third-Stream gems ...
  • Peter Cooper: Depot Light

    Peter Cooper: Depot Light

    Nanci Griffith was once married to singer- songwriter Eric Taylor and likens him to William Faulkner; Joan Baez speaks of him in hushed tones; a bedazzled Lyle Lovett produced some demos for him. Now Peter ...
  • Lehman: Chamber Music Vol. 1

    Lehman: Chamber Music Vol. 1

    Mark Louis Lehman is one of us, and I mean that quite literally. Lehman has long been on the TAS masthead and was this magazine’s music editor from 2008 to 2014; as an audiophile, former ...
  • Natalie Merchant: Paradise Is There

    Natalie Merchant: Paradise Is There

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” can be solid advice when it comes to revisiting beloved albums. Artists risk tinkering with their classic songs till they’re unrecognizable, or sticking note-for-note to the originals so ...
  • Scott Amendola: Fade to Orange

    Scott Amendola: Fade to Orange

    Fade to Orange began as a commission performed in 2011 by the composer, Scott Amendola (drums and electronics), Nels Cline (Wilco’s lead guitarist), Trevor Dunn (electric and acoustic basses), and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. ...
  • From a Tender Age

    From a Tender Age

    Shostakovich’s First Piano Trio—more romantic than you might expect—is light on dissonance and angst. He wrote it at 17, but only after his death was it rediscovered and the last 22 bars filled in. It ...
  • Sam Butler: Raise Your Hands!

    Sam Butler: Raise Your Hands!

    After 40 years as guitarist for the Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Butler steps out with his solo debut, a stripped-down set of 12 songs by spiritually-bent secular artists. There are no vocal harmonies, horns, ...
  • Josh Berman Trio: A Dance and a Hop

    Josh Berman Trio: A Dance and a Hop

    In cornetist Josh Berman, a key figure in Chicago’s fertile free improv scene of the early 21st century, one hears the playful irreverence of a Lester Bowie (“Blues,” “Today’s Date”) and the divine hipness of ...
  • Tartini: Secondo natura

    Tartini: Secondo natura

    The Italian violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini absorbed the ideals of the Enlightenment, concluding that music was a manifestation of the natural order. Sigurd Imsen’s program of three Tartini chamber works—the Sonata in F Major, ...
  • Phish: Rift

    Phish: Rift

    Toward the end of last year Phish released limited and numbered LPs of some of their early records, including 1993’s Rift, a concept album tracking a man’s dreams about the rift in his relationship—not quite ...

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