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Music Review: Brent Best – ‘Your Dog, Champ’ [Slobberbone Frontman Releases First Solo Album]

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This is gritty stuff and Best breezes through it with a naturalistic poetic flare. It is, at times, downright touching. Read More »

Music Review: Nicole – ‘Raizes/Roots’

Nicole

Yiddish melodies in Brazilian dress, world music melded with Latin jazz—Raizes/Roots is an album that deserves your attention. Read More »

Music Review: The Ragpicker String Band – ‘The Ragpicker String Band’

Ragpicker String Band

A loving tribute to the great traditions of country blues. Read More »

Music Review: Mick Kolassa – ‘Ghosts of the Riverside Hotel’

Mick Kolassa

Mick Kolassa and a host of talented friends have created a perfect contemporary blues album. Read More »

Music Reviews: Jazz Albums from Antoinette Montague, Jessy J, and Vincent Herring

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Catching up with some recent jazz releases. Read More »

Music Review: Lewis Spratlan – ‘Hesperus is Phosphorus’

Lewis Spratlan Hesperus is Phosphorus

The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer has a surpassing ability to set tightly packed texts to expressive music using the combined vocabularies of tradition, modernism, and even the jazz age. Read More »

Music Review: Mark Kraus – ‘The Story of Everything’

Mark Kraus 'The Story Of Everything'

Mark Kraus’ return from his musical hiatus is beautiful yet painful. Read More »

Music Review: Winter Calling – ‘As Darkness Falls’

Winter Calling 'As Darkness Falls'

Just like with many first albums, Winter Calling seems to be finding its sound. Read More »

Music Review: Neil Young and Promise of the Real – ‘The Monsanto Years’

Neil Young and Promise of the Real courtesy Warner brothers Records;/Julie Garddner

Neil Young and Promise of the Real hammer home an environmental message. Read More »

Music Review: Bill Evans – ‘The Complete Fantasy Recordings’ A Nine-Disc Box Set (Remastered)

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Bill Evans is certainly one of the most influential jazz pianists of his era, and his work for Fantasy Records makes why abundantly clear. Read More »