• Marc Ribot: Silent Movies

    Marc Ribot: Silent Movies

    Except for a few unobtrusive overdubs, Silent Movies is a solo jazz guitar record that casts a quiet but powerful spell. The tempos are slow, the playing sparse, the mood somber. The “compulsory distortion, rude ...
  • Black Dub

    Black Dub

    Black Dub’s self-titled debut album imaginatively combines 60s-style psychedelic guitar riffs with reggae-tinged blues, female soul singing, and gospel music. With Daniel Lanois on guitar, Trixie Whitley on lead vocals and keyboard, Brian Blade on ...
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1-3

    Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1-3

    Tchaikovsky and Dvorak are in the same boat in one way—you’d think they only wrote three symphonies, but numbered them 4, 5, and 6 in Tchaikovsky’s case, and 7, 8, and 9 in Dvorak’s. While ...
  • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

    Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

    The buzz around the debut of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen is well-earned. A lot of what makes the quartet special is found on the first track, the hard- charging Solivan original, “Driftin’ Apart.” The ...
  • Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz

    Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz

    Sufjan Stevens fans tend to cut their hero a lot of slack. After all, his last full-length album of new material was Illinois—a towering blend of rock structures, classical composition techniques, and poetic lyrics. His ...
  • Jimi Hendrix: West Coast Seattle Boy

    Jimi Hendrix: West Coast Seattle Boy

    This richly rewarding four-CD, one- DVD set with 60-page booklet traces Hendrix’s rise from sideman with the Isley Brothers, Little Richard, and King Curtis, to rock-guitar god. The tracks, recorded between 1964 and 1970, are ...
  • Marcus Miller: A Night in Monte-Carlo

    Marcus Miller: A Night in Monte-Carlo

    Bassist-composer-arranger-producer Marcus Miller reveals the full scope of his talents on this live outing recorded in 2008 on the French Riviera. Joined by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, turntablist DJ Logic, singer Raul Midon, and trumpeter Roy ...
  • Joe Lovano Us Five: Bird Songs

    Joe Lovano Us Five: Bird Songs

    Bird Songs, Lovano’s 22nd recording for Blue Note, is his paean to bebop icon Charlie Parker. But it’s also a tribute to the sax greats who influenced Bird, like Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young, as ...
  • Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Further Out

    Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Further Out

    Two years after the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s ground- and time-signature breaking Time Out (1959), this classic quartet (Brubeck, piano, Paul Desmond, alto sax, Eugene Wright, bass, and Joe Morello, drums) would continue its jazz experiments ...
  • Ellington: Indigos

    Ellington: Indigos

    First released in 1962, Ellington Indigos finds the maestro and his impeccable orchestra in a low-key, nocturnal mood. “Solitude” begins with Ellington’s quietly introspective solo, but when his band jumps in a huge grin will ...

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