• Keren Ann: 101

    Keren Ann: 101

    Keren Ann’s 101 evokes noirish vignettes of loss, heartbreak, and longing, skillfully mixing ethereal sound with sophisticated and sometimes twisted storylines. Her music incorporates many influences, including Leonard Cohen and Jacques Brel for songwriting, and ...
  • Dana Fuchs: Love to Beg

    Dana Fuchs: Love to Beg

    From the first electric slide howl of the opening title track—one of several original numbers dissecting obsessive- compulsive love affairs—to the closing “Superman,” a herky-jerky stomp on recent socio-political fiascos, Dana Fuchs offers a virtuoso ...
  • Ana Moura: Coliseu

    Ana Moura: Coliseu

    Fado (pronounced FAH-doo, with a very soft “d”) is Portuguese urban folk music. Ana Moura sings these songs, new and old, in a traditional style, clearly influenced by one of the Fado greats, Amalia Rodrigues ...
  • Steve Khan: Parting Shot

    Steve Khan: Parting Shot

    As long ago as his 1983 outing, Casa Loco, guitarist-composer-producer Khan had been hinting at this kind of infectious Latin-jazz fusion. He’s made several gestures in this direction over the years, most recently on 2006’s ...
  • Bill Frisell: Sign of Life

    Bill Frisell: Sign of Life

    Known primarily as a jazz-fusion innovator, guitarist Frisell imparts his unique palette of timbres, textures, and colors to a chamber setting with his 858 Quartet (Jenny Scheinman, violin; Eyvind Kang, viola; Hank Roberts, cello), founded ...
  • Bill Dixon: Intents and Purposes

    Bill Dixon: Intents and Purposes

    Very few records are genuinely unique; musicians usually work with known frameworks, and in the rare instances where really new territory is charted, it doesn’t take long for settlers to arrive. When RCA released trumpeter ...
  • Granados: Goyescas; Albeniz: Iberia

    Granados: Goyescas; Albeniz: Iberia

    Lisbon-born Artur Pizarro grew up hearing this music by two masters of keyboard composition from the other side of the Iberian Peninsula. His performances breathe with the natural ease of long familiarity. The pianist’s lyrical ...
  • Marilyn Crispell, David Rothenberg

    Marilyn Crispell, David Rothenberg

    Pianist Marilyn Crispell attracted an initial following with a full-fisted attack, dense tone clusters, and bold dissonances inspired by Cecil Taylor, later refining her style during a ten-year stint with Anthony Braxton. She brought her ...
  • Gershwin By Grofe

    Gershwin By Grofe

    Steven Richman and Harmonie Ensemble/ New York have been a fixture on New York’s musical scene for three decades. As its name implies, the ensemble is at heart a wind band. But its precise formation ...
  • The New York Art Quartet: Old Stuff

    The New York Art Quartet: Old Stuff

    The New York Art Quartet was formed in 1964 by trombonist Roswell Rudd and alto saxophonist John Tchicai. Rudd was a member of another quartet, completely devoted to the music of Thelonious Monk, and wanted ...

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