• Roomful of Blues: Hook, Line & Sinker

    Roomful of Blues: Hook, Line & Sinker

    For 35 years, this Rhode Island-based band has delivered a tasty gumbo of high-octane jump blues, moving through a series of personnel changes while spawning red-hot blues guitarists (Duke Robillard and Ronnie Earl) and staying ...
  • Wanda Jackson: The Party Ain't Over

    Wanda Jackson: The Party Ain't Over

    Jack White of the White Stripes (and the Raconteurs and Dead Weather) produced this showcase for rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson, a 73-year-old singer who once dated Elvis Presley. Jackson—best known for the rockabilly hits “Fujiyama ...
  • Joni Mitchell: Wild Things Run Fast

    Joni Mitchell: Wild Things Run Fast

    Joni Mitchell’s career has been filled with startling detours. From the dulcimer- strumming folkie of the Woodstock era, to the jazz-infused, smoky stylist of today, the gifted singer/songwriter has been a bold and restless musical ...
  • Corea, Clark and White: Forever

    Corea, Clark and White: Forever

    During the triumphant Return To Forever reunion tour of 2008 there was a segment of the show where electric guitar hero Al Di Meola would leave the stage, allowing Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, and ...
  • Giya Kancheli: Themes from the Songbook

    Giya Kancheli: Themes from the Songbook

    Outside Europe, Giya Kancheli is likely familiar only to classical music followers of conductor Dennis Russel Davies, the Kronos Quartet, violist Kim Kashkashian, and Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer. But closer to his birthplace in Tblisi, ...
  • Scott Amendola Trio: Lift

    Scott Amendola Trio: Lift

    Like many great drummers, Scott Amendola puts his percussion at the service of the music first, in support of his fellow players second, and in the spotlight third. The Bay Area-based Amendola, known for his ...
  • Andrew Hill: Point Of Departure

    Andrew Hill: Point Of Departure

    Andrew Hill’s funky yet lyrical piano playing and intricately beautiful compositions seized the attentions of Blue Note’s Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. The pair recorded material for four LPs before the first, Black Fire, was ...
  • Bruce Springsteen: The Promise

    Bruce Springsteen: The Promise

    This two-CD, 21-track collection (plus a hidden track) gathers songs cast aside during the marathon recording sessions that spawned Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band’s epic 1978 album ...
  • The Stooges

    The Stooges

    The Stooges—vocalist Iggy Pop, guitarist Ron Asheton, bassist Dave Alexander, and drummer Scott Asheton—unleashed their feral proto-punk on the world in 1969 and it landed like a boot to the head. The rock world was ...
  • The Walkmen: Lisbon

    The Walkmen: Lisbon

    The Walkmen use vintage equipment and evoke earlier musical styles, but have a unique sound, and Lisbon does a fine job of capturing it. Drummer Matt Barrick sticks to simple rhythms, but none of them ...
  • Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues

    Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues

    In his first solo record in more than 14 years, Gregg Allman offers a self-assured, spirited tribute to the many bluesmen who’ve influenced him over his career. Highlights include “Sleepy” John Estes’ ominous “Floating Bridge,” ...
  • Jim Byrnes: Everywhere West

    Jim Byrnes: Everywhere West

    We most recently heard from veteran Canada-by-way-of-St. Louis bluesman Jim Byrnes via a terrific performance on a Mississippi Sheiks tribute steered by his producer, Steve Dawson. On his new Everywhere West, with Dawson again behind ...

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