• Larsson: Symphony No. 1, etc.

    Larsson: Symphony No. 1, etc.

    Lars-Erik Larsson was born in Sweden in 1908 and died in 1986. The pieces here are very conservative and often beguiling. The symphony, from 1928, is genial and almost completely tonal. There are hints of ...
  • Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet

    Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet

    This band of young jazz musicians follows in the classy-cool tradition of Shorty Rogers & His Giants, a tastefully swinging late 50s-early 60s outfit led by a principal creator of the West Coast sound. Recorded ...
  • Chris Smither: Still on the Levee

    Chris Smither: Still on the Levee

    This 2-CD 25-song set is a unique retrospective: instead of reissuing previous recordings, roots singer, songwriter, and guitarist Chris Smither puts a fresh spin on songs from throughout his 50-year career. The sound is clean ...
  • Steve Khan: Subtext

    Steve Khan: Subtext

    Veteran guitarist Khan hinted at this Afro-Caribbean direction on his previous outing, 2011’s Parting Shot, as well as some of his past Eyewitness recordings from the 80s. With Dennis Chambers on drums, Ruben Rodriguez on ...
  • Somi: The Lagos Music Salon

    Somi: The Lagos Music Salon

    The daughter of immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, Somi recently moved from New York City to Lagos, Nigeria, for 18 months, an experience that inspired this major label debut. She’s lived in Africa before, and ...
  • Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods

    Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods

    When Charles Mingus recorded Tijuana Moods in July 1957 he was really hitting his stride. The previous year saw the release of Pithecanthropus Erectus and The Clown for Atlantic, and by the end of 1957 ...
  • Matthew Shipp Trio: Root of Things

    Matthew Shipp Trio: Root of Things

    Earlier this year, the prolific jazz pianist Matthew Shipp announced his intention to cut back on his domestic releases, noting how difficult it has become to get independent-label recordings, especially those categorized as avant-garde, to ...
  • Keb' Mo': Bluesamericana

    Keb' Mo': Bluesamericana

    Three-time Grammy winner Keb' Mo’ returns with another trophy-worthy exploration of the human condition (notably his own) in various iterations of the blues as only he seems to imagine them. Consider the deftly executed archetypal ...
  • David Weiss: When Words Fail

    David Weiss: When Words Fail

    This trumpeter-composer-arranger and bandleader’s latest outing reflects the profound sense of personal loss he experienced in the past year. The bittersweet title track, which features some robust, probing tenor sax playing by Marcus Strickland, is ...
  • Kathleen Grace: No Place to Fall

    Kathleen Grace: No Place to Fall

    Shortly after Kathleen Grace established herself as a jazz vocalist, country music started to lure her away, and on her fourth album, No Place to Fall, this stylistic turn fits her so well that there ...

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