• Counting Crows: Underwater Sunshine

    Counting Crows: Underwater Sunshine

    Their first album the Counting Crows recorded after leaving a major label, Underwater Sunshine consists entirely of covers, and as such comes across as an opportunity for the Bay Area band to recharge their batteries. ...
  • Melody Gardot: The Absence

    Melody Gardot: The Absence

    Melody Gardot’s best songs have the half-festive, half-mordant air of a New Orleans funeral march. On blues from her superb 2009 album, My One and Only Thrill, her voice even sounds vaguely New Orleanian. On ...
  • Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

    Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

    Though I don’t usually care for chamber-sized Beethoven, Paavo Järvi’s exciting new cycle with the forty-some strong Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen gave me much pleasure. The playing is sensational: alert, responsive, virtuosic—a good thing too, since ...
  • Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty

    Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty

    This Sleeping Beauty, arguably the finest of Tchaikovsky’s ballets, was recorded in 1959 with Ernest Ansermet on the podium leading L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. These meticulously manufactured Speakers Corner LPs demonstrate well what Kenneth ...
  • Holst: The Planets

    Holst: The Planets

    Holst’s orchestral spectacular seems designed as an audiophile showpiece, and as you probably know there are several recordings of it that hit the sonic jackpot. Here’s another such, but with a twist: this one’s played ...
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony 3, Scottish

    Mendelssohn: Symphony 3, Scottish

    Wonder of wonders—the great German classical recording company Deutsche Grammophon has issued its first LP in a quarter-century (on 180-gram vinyl, no less): Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, in a December 2011 live-in-concert performance ...
  • Hank Roberts: Everything Is Alive

    Hank Roberts: Everything Is Alive

    The cellist-composer’s eighth album as a leader reunites him with guitar renegade and longtime collaborator Bill Frisell. They’re joined by bassist Jerome Harris and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Recorded live-to-two-track, this cornucopia of sound displays both ...
  • Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction

    Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction

    Ravi Coltrane stepped into some seriously oversized shoes twice in his career— first when he took up tenor saxophone, following in the giant footsteps of his legendary father, second when he replaced the late Michael ...
  • Jenny Scheinman: Mischief & Mayhem

    Jenny Scheinman: Mischief & Mayhem

    We have guitarist Bill Frisell to thank for bringing violinist Jenny Scheinman to the attention of listeners who might have overlooked her various other collaborations, as well her half-dozen solo albums. Scheinman, a northern-California native ...
  • Lisa Mills: Tempered In Fire

    Lisa Mills: Tempered In Fire

    Lisa Mills is best known as a blues singer-songwriter in Europe and from Austin east to Florida, where she works a regular circuit of clubs and festivals across the Gulf Coast states. But if she ...
  • Dirty Three: Toward the Low Sun

    Dirty Three: Toward the Low Sun

    If the seven-year gap since the release of Dirty Three’s last studio album, Cinder, has had any noticeable effect, it’s been to strengthen this Australian instrumental trio’s improvisational empathy. Violinist Warren Ellis, guitarist Mick Turner, ...
  • Bonnie Raitt: Slipstream

    Bonnie Raitt: Slipstream

    After a seven-year hiatus from recording, Bonnie Raitt is back with a bluesy, soulful album that’s sure to make her fans fall in love with her all over again. Raitt has always had great taste ...

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