• Charpentier: 72 Etudes Karnatiques

    Charpentier: 72 Etudes Karnatiques

    Jacques Charpentier is a French composer (born in Paris in 1933) who adopted a musical-philosophical aesthetic derived from his mentor Olivier Messiaen: mystical, visionary, ecstatic, “Eastern,” cosmic. His 72 Etudes Karnatiques is an expression of ...
  • Download Roundup - The Band: The Last Waltz

    Download Roundup - The Band: The Last Waltz

    The Band: The Last Waltz. (48/24) HDtracks.com Here’s the soundtrack to one of rock’s greatest concert films (along with Stop Making Sense and Woodstock). Its charms are many, including the enduring songs, superior musicianship—especially Robbie ...
  • Hiromi: Move

    Hiromi: Move

    Since emigrating from Japan in 1999, pianist Hiromi Uehara has explored everything from acoustic piano trio to high-powered fusion to intimate solo and duet projects, each highlighting her abundant chops and good taste. Lately she’s ...
  • Flaming Lips: Embryonic

    Flaming Lips: Embryonic

    With 1999’s The Soft Bulletin The Flaming Lips evolved from indie rockers with a cult following into a major band. The equally impressive follow-up Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots again delivered expertly crafted neo-psychedelic pop ...
  • Tin Hat: Foreign Legion

    Tin Hat: Foreign Legion

    A work-in-progress since releasing the first of its five studio albums in 1999, Tin Hat blends tango, Eastern European, country-and-western, and other musical idioms into a readily identifiable ensemble sound. When Rob Burger (accordion, keyboards) ...
  • Ricky Skaggs: Songs My Dad Loved

    Ricky Skaggs: Songs My Dad Loved

    This isn’t simply a Ricky Skaggs solo album, it’s really a Ricky Skaggs solo album—for harmonies, he double-tracks his own voice; for extra instruments, he overdubs them—twelve different ones total, all acoustic but for the ...
  • Martin: Golgotha

    Martin: Golgotha

    For Frank Martin—the son of a Calvinist minister whose musical epiphany came at the age of 12, when he heard a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion—a work like Golgotha was almost inevitable. Drawing on ...
  • Stanton Moore: Groove Alchemy

    Stanton Moore: Groove Alchemy

    New Orleans drummer and bandleader Stanton Moore leads a red-hot soul-jazz organ trio with keyboardist Robert Walter and guitarist Will Bernard. The music is cut from the same cloth as Medeski, Martin & Wood, and ...
  • Elgar: Violin Concerto

    Elgar: Violin Concerto

    Like a dog who keeps burying his favorite bone so he can have the pleasure of “discovering” it again, I return to the Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider. It’s been gratifying to see him taking on ...
  • Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu: Chiaroscuro

    Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu: Chiaroscuro

    This exquisite duo recording pairs one of ECM Records’ veterans with one of its rising stars. Sixty-nine-year-old American guitarist Towner made his ECM debut in 1972 after co-founding the pioneering world-fusion band Oregon. Forty-eight- year-old ...

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