• Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

    Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Back to the Sunset

    Cuban-born drummer-composer Dafnis Priesto has plied his impressive polyrhythmic skills primarily in small group settings. On this ambitious project, the multi-directional force of nature directs a dynamic 17-piece ensemble from behind the kit with typical ...
  • For Glenn Gould. Stewart Goodyear

    For Glenn Gould. Stewart Goodyear

    On a Sunday afternoon in January of 1955, 23-year-old Glenn Gould played his U.S. debut recital at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. This highly idiosyncratic program included music by Gibbons (Lord Salisbury’s Pavan), Sweelinck ...
  • Keith Jarrett: After the Fall

    Keith Jarrett: After the Fall

    This 1998 document of Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette came after the pianist’s two-year recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A 2-CD set, it shows Jarrett in good humor ...
  • Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign

    Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign

    Thanks in large part to rock guitarists such as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, by the late 60s a new and wider appreciation emerged for the previous generation of black American blues musicians. Prominent among ...
  • Doug MacLeod: Break the Chain

    Doug MacLeod: Break the Chain

    Singer, songwriter, and skilled guitarist Doug MacLeod has won four Blues Music Awards, including 2017’s Acoustic Artist of the Year. As a singer and guitarist, this New York native is a cross between John Hammond ...
  • Julian Lage: Modern Lore

    Julian Lage: Modern Lore

    After precious, pristine duo outings with pianist Fred Hersch and fellow guitarist Nels Cline, one-time wunderkind Julian Lage settled into a simpatico trio setting with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen on 2016’s acclaimed ...
  • Bill Frisell: Music IS

    Bill Frisell: Music IS

    Since his debut recording 35 years ago, Bill Frisell has been remarkably prolific, resulting in 36 albums as a leader. On Music IS the guitarist re-examines some of his earlier works while showcasing five new ...
  • Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like a Wheel

    Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like a Wheel

    Even Linda Ronstadt fans dating back to the Stone Poneys could not have seen Heart Like a Wheel coming. The X factor in this 1974 multi-Grammy-nominated effort was Peter Asher, herein announcing himself a producer-arranger ...
  • Olagón: A Cantata in Doublespeak

    Olagón: A Cantata in Doublespeak

    Eighth Blackbird is a consistently cutting-edge chamber ensemble. But “cutting edge” doesn’t necessarily mean abstract, difficult music. The group’s projects are all over the map stylistically, and their latest, Olagón—”a conflicted wail of both mourning ...
  • Miles Davis: Miles In Berlin

    Miles Davis: Miles In Berlin

    After John Coltrane’s last tour with Miles Davis in 1960, the trumpeter tried five great tenor saxophonists as replacements before settling on Wayne Shorter in late 1964. He had by that time assembled a new ...
  • Chris Thile: Thanks for Listening

    Chris Thile: Thanks for Listening

    Very much a meditative, singer-songwriter affair, Thank You for Listening finds Chris Thile offering bromides to a society roiled by political, social media, and cultural upheavals in 2017. Playing almost all the stringed instruments himself—with ...
  • Donald Fagen:  The Nightfly

    Donald Fagen: The Nightfly

    After its 1982 release, The Nightfly—Donald Fagen’s solo debut following his split from Steely Dan partner Walter Becker—racked up seven Grammy Award nominations. Widely acclaimed for its vivid lyricism, the album is a nostalgic homage ...

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