• Jan Garbarek: Officium Novum

    Jan Garbarek: Officium Novum

    Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble have released their third album, after Officium and Mnemosyne, both of which were damned by purists and praised by the more adventurous. The conceit is that the singers perform ...
  • Abigail Washburn: City of Refuge

    Abigail Washburn: City of Refuge

    Singer, songwriter, banjo player, and storyteller Abigail Washburn bridges East and West on a collection of enigmatic songs that evoke wandering spirits and restless souls. This isn’t the first time that Washburn, who studied law ...
  • Bob Dylan: Brandeis University

    Bob Dylan: Brandeis University

    It’s a Saturday night on the campus of Brandeis University, and the folk and protest movements are in full swing. On stage, the Prince of Protest is holding court through two sets for an appreciative ...
  • Alison Krauss: Paper Airplane

    Alison Krauss: Paper Airplane

    Owing to her Raising Sand collaboration with Robert Plant becoming something of a cultural phenomenon, that Alison Krauss and her superb Union Station band haven’t released a new album together in seven years seems, well, ...
  • Sierra Hull: Daybreak

    Sierra Hull: Daybreak

    Nineteen-year-old Sierra Hull has been turning heads in the bluegrass world since she joined Alison Krauss on the Opry stage as a sixth-grade mandolin prodigy. Mentored by Krauss and now championed by Chris Thile, Hull ...
  • R.E.M.: Collapse Into Now

    R.E.M.: Collapse Into Now

    Patti Smith came up with the title Collapse Into Now for R.E.M.’s 15th album, and that’s exactly what happened—the band merged choice instrumental elements from their past with lyrics about today. Everything die-hard fans love ...
  • Hiromi: Voice

    Hiromi: Voice

    In the 1960s, the term “energy music” was sometimes used as an alternative description of “free jazz.” In the following decade, it could be applied to the approach of the most intense jazz- rock groups. ...
  • Matthew Shipp: Art of the Improviser

    Matthew Shipp: Art of the Improviser

    During his long tenure in David Ware’s quartet, Matthew Shipp forged an oceanic, hurricane-force piano sound as personal and authoritative as that of McCoy Tyner, Cecil Taylor, or any other thunderous post-bop and free-jazz pianist ...
  • City Champs: The Set-Up

    City Champs: The Set-Up

    Combine the grease of a Hammond B-3 organ with some chanka-chank electric guitar and crisp backbeats and what do you have? Well, Booker T & The MGs or maybe the Meters, to be sure. But ...

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