• Milt Jackson Sextet: Invitation

    Milt Jackson Sextet: Invitation

    Once in while, an audiophile reissue can make the listener realize that what seemed like a good, solid record is better than that. If I had been asked to evaluate Invitation before hearing this release, ...
  • Piano Music of Earl Wild

    Piano Music of Earl Wild

    The late Earl Wild, one of America’s greatest pianists, wrote three major pieces based on Gershwin’s music: Grand Fantasy on Porgy and Bess, Improvisation on Someone to Watch over Me, and Seven Virtuoso Etudes. They ...
  • Widor: Piano Concertos, Fantaisie

    Widor: Piano Concertos, Fantaisie

    As with many another in Hyperion’s long-running series of “Romantic Piano Concertos,” this is the first time the two (1876 and 1905) by French composer Charles-Marie Widor have been recorded. And what a joy to ...
  • Keith Jarrett: Rio

    Keith Jarrett: Rio

    Aside from Miles Davis’ 1959 masterpiece, Kind of Blue, Keith Jarrett’s landmark 1975 recording, The Koln Concert, is probably the one album by a jazz artist that most non- jazz fans own. While hardly a ...
  • Weather Report: Heavy Weather

    Weather Report: Heavy Weather

    Where some album titles seem like an afterthought, Heavy Weather and its surreal cover art match the music perfectly. Less groove-oriented and more atmospheric than previous Weather Report records, it sounds like the soundtrack to ...
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa: Samdhi

    Rudresh Mahanthappa: Samdhi

    If the prolific Satoko Fujii had an audience proportionate to her growing critical acclaim, the Japanese composer/ pianist might rival Esperanza Spalding as a popular jazz phenomenon. But Watershed’s prickly textures and dissonances signal that ...
  • Julius Hemphill: Dogon A. D.

    Julius Hemphill: Dogon A. D.

    Alto saxophonist/flutist Julius Hemphill moved to St. Louis from Texas in 1968, and immediately threw himself into the very active creative music scene there. Nothing he would produce later had the raw power of his ...
  • Chris Isaak: Beyond the Sun

    Chris Isaak: Beyond the Sun

    Chris Isaak grew up in blue-collar Stockton, California, pantomiming Elvis to the radio. He became a pop star and heartthrob, crooning lonesome laments laced with twangy rockabilly guitar and Roy Orbison-inspired vocal vibe. The press ...
  • Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

    Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

    Coldplay powers up a big pop sound and pays tribute to New York City graffiti artists and resistance movements on this latest collaboration with producer Brian Eno, who also produced the band’s 2008 multi-Grammy-winning hit ...
  • Tom Waits: Bad as Me

    Tom Waits: Bad as Me

    Tom Waits’ Bad As Me picks up where the inimitable singer/songwriter left off in with his rowdy Real Gone (2004) and lurid Blood Money/Alice (2002). The hiatus certainly hasn’t blunted Waits’ ironic brand of gallows ...
  • Shelby Lynne: Revelation Road

    Shelby Lynne: Revelation Road

    Revelation Road, Shelby Lynne’s alt- country-rock album, is about as personal as a one-woman show can get. She wrote, performed, recorded, and produced the album herself. Her choice of instrumentation—guitar, mandolin, and light percussion—is simple ...

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