• Ron Miles: Quiver

    Ron Miles: Quiver

    The adventurous Denver-based trumpeter established an intimate rapport with guitarist Bill Frisell on their stirring 2002 duet project, Heaven. Add drummer Brian Blade and you’ve got an intense, intuitive, risk-taking session. More relaxed than usual, ...
  • Tom Waits: Glitter & Doom Live

    Tom Waits: Glitter & Doom Live

    No album could truly hope to recreate the rarified experience of seeing Tom Waits live. Onstage, the 59-year-old makes magic from dime store props (pockets full of glitter, a giant magnifying glass), primal-yet-dramatic lighting, and ...
  • Levon Helm: Electric Dirt

    Levon Helm: Electric Dirt

    Editor's note: This review was written in 2009, before Helm's death in April 2012. At age 69, Levon Helm sings like a geezer from another era—say, the Great Depression. Which is another way of saying ...
  • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

    Since its founding in 1986, CPO has issued hundreds of superlative first-ever CDs of little-known classical music— mostly late-Romantic and modern-era works—that have much enlarged the recorded repertoire and brought joy to adventurous music lovers ...
  • Aaron Neville: My True Story

    Aaron Neville: My True Story

    Grammy-winning vocalist Aaron Neville likens the doo-wop songs he heard while growing up to “medicine” that pulled him off the mean streets of New Orleans. His first national hit, 1967’s R&B classic “Tell It Like ...
  • Wayne Shorter: Without a Net

    Wayne Shorter: Without a Net

    After 43 years, the enigmatic saxophonist-composer returns to the label where he recorded a string of classic albums during the 1960s. Now 80, Shorter has led the same band (pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, ...
  • Pearl Jam: Backspacer

    Pearl Jam: Backspacer

    If the recent deluxe edition of Pearl Jam’s Ten reminded audiences of the band’s prior glory, then Backspacer serves notice that—even two decades into its career— the Seattle quintet remains a vital, vibrant unit. The ...
  • Kurt Elling: 1619 Broadway

    Kurt Elling: 1619 Broadway

    The most consistently adventurous, self-assuredly swinging, unabashedly romantic and audaciously hip singer of his generation, Chicago native Kurt Elling pays tribute to the tune factory in midtown Manhattan that produced so many American popular songs ...
  • Mark Knopfler: Get Lucky

    Mark Knopfler: Get Lucky

    Mark Knopfler writes mood music for sad and lonely men. Mark Knopfler writes modern Celtic-folk songs about an old country none of us has ever known, but long for deep in our hearts. Mark Knopfler ...
  • Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3

    Nielsen: Symphonies 2 and 3

    There are now two superb New York performances of Nielsen’s glorious Third Symphony, the first being the famous Bernstein recording from 1965 that brought Nielsen renown in the U.S. The Third is a fascinating if ...
  • Heart: Red Velvet Car

    Heart: Red Velvet Car

    On Heart’s first studio album in six years, the Seattle-based sister act of singer Ann and guitarist Nancy Wilson prove that, musically speaking at least, you shouldn’t mess with a good thing. The 2010 version ...
  • Elvis Costello: This Year's Model

    Elvis Costello: This Year's Model

    Produced by Nick Lowe, and originally released in 1978, This Year’s Model was Elvis Costello’s second album, his first in a string of successes with The Attractions, and the first in which this brilliant pop ...

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