• Vivaldi in Venice

    Vivaldi in Venice

    Let me say it up front, Vivaldi in Venice is one of the most gorgeous sounding and exquisitely played LPs I’ve heard in quite some time. Adding yet another fine title to its impressive young ...
  • Cy Coleman: A Jazzman’s Broadway

    Cy Coleman: A Jazzman’s Broadway

    Before he became a multiple Tony Award winning Broadway songwriting great for his contributions to shows such as Sweet Charity, On the Twentieth Century, Barnum, and Little Me (book by Neil Simon), Cy Coleman was ...
  • Thelonious Monk Quartet: Mønk

    Thelonious Monk Quartet: Mønk

    Though not as earthshaking as the recently rediscovered John Coltrane session (Both Directions at Once), this previously unreleased set also demands the attention of serious jazz fans, particularly audiophiles. The difference is that this is ...
  • John Williams at the Movies

    John Williams at the Movies

    Those listeners not totally convinced by the change in sonority from a full symphony orchestra including a substantial string section and a wind band should give this spectacular recording a serious audition. The principal reason ...
  • Meiko: Playing Favorites

    Meiko: Playing Favorites

    The best, most affecting singers tend to meet us at the intersection of Nuance and Intimacy Street, a corner the folk-leaning vocalist Meiko has clearly made her home. For this tight-knit collection of an even-dozen ...
  • Peter Murphy: 5 Albums

    Peter Murphy: 5 Albums

    With his baritone voice, haunting melodies, brooding stage presence, and dark lyrics, Peter Murphy was tailor made to perform goth rock, a musical style he helped usher in while a member of Bauhaus. Peter Murphy—5 ...
  • Buddy Guy: The Blues Is Alive and Well

    Buddy Guy: The Blues Is Alive and Well

    Chicago blues guitarist and vocalist Buddy Guy honed his chops during the 1960s as house guitarist for the legendary Chess Records. The electric blue pioneer’s blistering chops have influenced everyone from Eric Clapton and Jimi ...
  • Bernstein: MASS

    Bernstein: MASS

    When Leonard Bernstein’s MASS was first performed in 1971, even many of the composer’s most devoted admirers weren’t sure what to make of it. (The Nixon administration was pretty sure, detecting strong antiwar and antiestablishment ...
  • Eddie Henderson: Be Cool

    Eddie Henderson: Be Cool

    A member of Herbie Hancock’s early 70s Mwandishi sextet, trumpeter Eddie Henderson revels in his acoustic hard bop roots on Be Cool. Leading a dream team of pianist Kenny Barron, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, bassist ...
  • Baby Huey: The Living Legend

    Baby Huey: The Living Legend

    When music labels search for unreleased tapes connected with memorable albums, the results can be less than scintillating: an inferior take here, a poorly-recorded demo there, perhaps some performances that should have stayed on the ...
  • Jacintha:  Fire and Rain

    Jacintha: Fire and Rain

    Jacintha’s first album in ten years, Fire and Rain pays homage to James Taylor. As everyone familiar with the Singapore-based singer knows, she can really put over a song, especially in the torch, blues, and ...

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