• Chuck Berry: Chuck

    Chuck Berry: Chuck

    Late-career albums by rock ’n’ roll’s pioneers have been spotty at best—consider the embarrassments of Bo Diddley and Carl Perkins—but two of the orn’riest of the lot, Jerry Lee Lewis and now Chuck Berry, have ...
  • Ry Cooder: Paradise and Lunch

    Ry Cooder: Paradise and Lunch

    It’s like a postcard from Weird Old America. Working with compositional sources as diverse as Burt Bacharach (“Mexican Divorce”) and Blind Willie McTell (“Married Man’s a Fool”), roots-rock guitarist Ry Cooder stitches a folksy quilt ...
  • Vaughan Williams: Job. Symphony No. 9

    Vaughan Williams: Job. Symphony No. 9

    Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Job was inspired by a set of early 19th-century illustrations by William Blake. The composer was developing a distinctively English style of ballet, and the music includes aristocratic dance forms from the ...
  • Father John Misty: Pure Comedy

    Father John Misty: Pure Comedy

    Josh Tillman’s shtick as Father John Misty is to shock you with uncomfortable truths about modern American life while soothing you with mellow, Laurel Canyon-style rock—or so it would seem on Pure Comedy. As with ...
  • Noam Pikelny: Universal Favorite

    Noam Pikelny: Universal Favorite

    On his fourth solo album banjo virtuoso and Punch Brother deluxe Noam Pikelny makes one key departure: he sings, which turns out to be one of this project’s pleasant surprises. Sparkling sonics highlight the technical ...
  • Charles Mingus: The Clown

    Charles Mingus: The Clown

    Charles Mingus’ ascension from bebop sideman through cool-school/Third Stream experimenter to his position as one of the greatest composer/leaders in the jazz pantheon had been completed by the time of this, his second session for ...
  • Gil Evans: Gil Evans & Ten

    Gil Evans: Gil Evans & Ten

    Part of Analogue Productions’ series of 25 of the rarest and best sounding Prestige titles recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, this important reissue dates to 1957 and presents for the first time on vinyl in ...
  • Musica Nuda: Little Wonder

    Musica Nuda: Little Wonder

    If duets pairing double bass and female jazz vocals have become more widely accepted since the days when Sheila Jordan struggled to find work with that lineup, that may be because more people have realized ...
  • Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding

    Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding

    The sessions for John Wesley Harding took place in Columbia’s Nashville recording studios, where most of Bob Dylan’s previous album, Blonde on Blonde, was also recorded. Bob Johnston was again the producer, and the core ...
  • Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century

    Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century

    The Fifth Century, a 42-minute work for choir and saxophone quartet by the English composer Gavin Bryars (b.1963), has been described as “music that makes eternity audible.” Bryars sets texts by the lesser-known 17th-century metaphysical ...
  • Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince

    Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince

    For a jazz album, Kamasi Washington’s The Epic drew an unusually wide audience after its release in 2015. The four musicians at the core of Planetary Prince—pianist and leader Cameron Graves, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., ...

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