• Hoffer: Violin Concerto

    Hoffer: Violin Concerto

    Bernard Hoffer’s 2012 Violin Concerto begins with the unaccompanied violin announcing the work’s germinal motive: repeated staccato notes followed by a longer-held chord. Soon the soloist and his orchestral partners are tossing it back and ...
  • Buddy Guy: Born to Play Guitar

    Buddy Guy: Born to Play Guitar

    Make no mistake: on his new album Buddy Guy gets some high-profile help, but the story is always Buddy Guy. While Billy Gibbons storms through “Wear You Out” with gruff authority and fiery six- string ...
  • Fred Hersch: Solo

    Fred Hersch: Solo

    Perfectionists like Fred Hersch are generally their own harshest critics, but even he can’t deny that something very special happened at the Windham Civic Center Concert Hall on this August night in 2014. Not only ...
  • Los Lobos: Gates of Gold

    Los Lobos: Gates of Gold

    For 40 years Los Lobos has delivered American roots music steeped in everything from blues to música norteña. There’s often a lyrical theme or cohesive sound to their albums, whether it’s the autobiographical rock of ...
  • Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

    Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

    Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s last project for Reference Recordings garnered a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Recording, so expectations were high for this one, too. Perhaps that’s unfair, as Bruckner makes ...
  • 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 ...

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