• Sam Cooke: Night Beat

    Sam Cooke: Night Beat

    Back in the late fifties, when I was in grade school, my mom gave me a table radio that I promptly ensconced by my bed. Every night I listened to it—to the late-night programming on ...
  • Barber: Choral Pieces

    Barber: Choral Pieces

    In these ten beautifully performed and recorded choral pieces, most of them about love and loss, the chamber choir Conspirare rejoices in Samuel Barber’s ardent but modern romanticism. Though Barber’s idiom, firmly tonal and melodic, ...
  • Woody Guthrie: American Radical Patriot

    Woody Guthrie: American Radical Patriot

    This lavish seven-disc box set gathers85 songs plus conversations between singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie and historian Alan Lomax (appearing here for the first time in their unedited form). Recorded in 1940 at the Department of the ...
  • Keith Jarrett: Testament

    Keith Jarrett: Testament

    Anyone delving into Keith Jarrett’s solo piano music for the first time with this three-CD set will find the qualities that made him hugely popular in the 1970s. Romance, drama, startling leaps, and spins along ...
  • Arcade Fire: Reflektor

    Arcade Fire: Reflektor

    While listening to Arcade Fire’s Reflektor the first time I quickly flashed back to the Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, and there was probably some rationale behind that. Both albums replaced a readily-identifiable sound with ...
  • Krakauer: The Big Picture

    Krakauer: The Big Picture

    Clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer was an acclaimed Juilliard-trained classical performer before he went on a journey of self-discovery in the 80s, immersing himself in music from the Eastern European shtetls and later interpreting Jewish music ...
  • The Roys: New Day Dawning

    The Roys: New Day Dawning

    Following their 2011 breakout bluegrass hit Lonesome Whistle, the sibling duo of Lee and Elaine Roy probe deeper into their songs on New Day Dawning, and that’s saying something. Bridging country and bluegrass, The Roys ...
  • Sam Rivers: Fucshia Swing Song

    Sam Rivers: Fucshia Swing Song

    Years ago I heard the Sam Rivers trio at a miniscule San Francisco jazz club; it remains one of the most memorable live music experiences of my life, even though until I’d heard the Mosaic ...
  • Download Roundup - Leon Russell

    Download Roundup - Leon Russell

    From the meltingly beautiful “A Song for You” to the raucous closer “Roll Away the Stone,” this is an essential album from the master of Delta blues/ rock. I don’t own the original CD, but ...
  • Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True

    Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True

    Although little can or needs to be said about Elvis Costello’s superb 1977 debut, My Aim is True, there’s plenty to say about Mobile Fidelity’s breathtaking new 180-gram vinyl release. As mastered by MoFi vet ...

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