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Music Review: Chrome – ‘Half Machine from the Sun: The Lost Tracks from ’79-’80’


The forgotten tracks on 'Half Machine from the Sun' work so well as to provide the most accessible introduction to Chrome that I can think of. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Willin': The Story of Little Feat’ by Ben Fong-Torres


For those of us who have been waiting for the definitive Little Feat book to come along, 'Willin' is it. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker’ by Gary Giddins


Celebrating Bird is one of the best books about a jazz musician I have ever read. Read More »

Music Review: Erasure – ‘Snow Globe’


Erasure has created one of the most unusual Christmas albums of the year. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast’ by Patrick McGilligan


The writing about the director's career makes this the definitive Fritz Lang biography. Read More »

Music Review: Herbie Hancock – ‘The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988′


For anyone interested in the development of jazz during the ’70s and ’80s, it would be hard to beat Herbie Hancock's new 34-CD box set. Read More »

Music Review: Tchaikovsky and Ellington/Strayhorn – ‘The Nutcracker Suites’


Harmonia Mundi presents both the traditional and the swinging Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn versions of ‘The Nutcracker Suite’ on the same CD for the very first time. Read More »

Music Review: Buck Owens – ‘Buck ‘Em! The Music of Buck Owens (1955-1967)’


This marvelous two-CD Buck Owens set is the perfect complement to his autobiography. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Clear History’


Fans of Larry David and Curb Your Enthusiasm should enjoy Clear History very much. Read More »

Music Review: Boz Scaggs – ‘The Essential Boz Scaggs’


Whether the music inspires fond memories or not, 'The Essential Boz Scaggs' truly is essential. Read More »