• Abdullah Ibrahim: The Balance

    Abdullah Ibrahim: The Balance

    The great South African pianist/composer Abdullah Ibrahim has slowed his pace in recent years, and has most often been heard either solo or with a trio on his infrequent recording dates. But now he has ...
  • Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet

    Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet

    From his early Suzuki method training starting at age four, to his stints with hot jazz/swing revivalists Squirrel Nut Zippers and bandleader of his Bowl of Fire group, followed by a dozen studio albums, Andrew ...
  • Bill Frisell: Harmony

    Bill Frisell: Harmony

    Bill Frisell makes his Blue Note label debut as a leader not by emphasizing his guitar but rather by celebrating the human voice. He doesn’t do any of the singing; he puts longtime collaborator Petra ...
  • Robbie Robertson: Sinematic

    Robbie Robertson: Sinematic

    Robbie Robertson has always taken a distinctly cinematic approach to his multicultural melting-pot style of North Americana songwriting, a narrative attribute well in place due to the indigenous Canadian’s weighty workload with The Band long ...
  • The National: I Am Easy to Find

    The National: I Am Easy to Find

    Verging on a concept album, The National’s eighth studio release reflects a ripening extension of their estimable talents and evolving style, bringing into the foreground the band’s collaborations with women—particularly the many musicians and featured ...
  • Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time In

    Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time In

    This 1965 release ended the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s series of time-themed albums, the most famous being 1959’s Time Out, which contained the ever-popular “Take Five.” Time In was also one of the final records by ...
  • Over the Rhine: Love & Revelation

    Over the Rhine: Love & Revelation

    For their 13th LP, the Ohio-based husband-and-wife team of bassist Linford Detweiler and vocalist Karin Bergquist offer 11 meditations on love and loss. The sparse arrangements—marked by Bergquist’s aching vocals, chiming acoustic guitar, and Greg ...
  • Ranagri: Playing for Luck

    Ranagri: Playing for Luck

    This is soulful music played by gifted artists who bring vision and virtuoso chops to their work. The contemporary-folk group Ranagri enchants while living up to the promise of the SACD stereo format, putting the ...
  • Rob Reich: Swings Left

    Rob Reich: Swings Left

    Jazz as dance music? There was a time when that wasn’t even a question. Has the time come again for upbeat, swinging, danceable jazz? Rob Reich answers that question in the affirmative on this album ...

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