• Joan Baez: Diamonds and Rust in the Bullring

    Joan Baez: Diamonds and Rust in the Bullring

    Capturing a live concert is one of audio’s most difficult balancing acts—like taking a snapshot from two perspectives simultaneously. A rare exception is this Analogue Productions release, which captures an impassioned performance with much-better-than-expected sonics. ...
  • James Taylor: Before This World

    James Taylor: Before This World

    This chart-topping album—Taylor’s first studio release in 13 years—arrives 45 years after his breakthrough LP Sweet Baby James. Many themes will be familiar to fans that have embraced this popular singer-songwriter’s gentle meditations on spiritual ...
  • Jeff Beck: Live+

    Jeff Beck: Live+

    Where live albums tend to offer revved- up renditions of greatest hits packages or recent studio material, Live+ (which concludes with two new studio tracks) will occupy a unique place in Jeff Beck’s discography. Partly ...
  • Wes Montgomery: In The Beginning

    Wes Montgomery: In The Beginning

    In 2012 Resonance Records released Echoes of Indiana Avenue, a spectacular collection of previously unheard Wes Montgomery recordings. Apparently doing the impossible once only whetted the label’s appetite; they have followed up with a three-LP ...
  • Matthew Shipp Trio: To Duke

    Matthew Shipp Trio: To Duke

    You’d have to work insanely hard to make a Duke Ellington (or Billy Strayhorn) tune unrecognizable. Pianist Shipp, double bassist Michael Bisio, and drummer Whit Dickey work madly (as in “Love You Madly”) on seven ...
  • Doug MacLeod: Exactly Like This

    Doug MacLeod: Exactly Like This

    Live-in-the-studio audiophile recordings aren’t a guaranteed success. Sometimes those meticulously documented performances with perfect microphone placement lack one essential thing: that sense of being in the moment that musicians lose when they know that if ...
  • Keith Jarrett: The Köln Concert

    Keith Jarrett: The Köln Concert

    To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this landmark recording (the best-selling solo album in jazz history), ECM has released the double vinyl set in a 180-gram audiophile pressing. The sound is a revelation. Every note ...
  • Mark Knopfler: Tracker

    Mark Knopfler: Tracker

    “We are homesick most for the places we have never known,” Southern Gothic author Carson McCullers once wrote. That sentiment sums up Tracker, the eighth solo album from Dire Straits main man Mark Knopfler. Nostalgia ...

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