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Music Review: Van Morrison – ‘Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue’

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This re-working of Van Morrison songs as duets with famous friends is loose, relaxed, and a joy to hear. Read More »

Jazz Potpourri: Art Pepper, Julie Lyon Quintet, Michael Snow and Thollem McDonas, and More

Julie Lyon

Here are quick takes on a mix of jazz albums you might have missed. Read More »

Music Review: New Recordings of the Saint-Saëns Piano Trios and Brahms Clarinet Sonatas

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Two new recordings of Romantic-era music from France and Germany are revealing in different ways. Read More »

Music Review: Delta Rae – ‘After It All’

Delta Rae

The new album from the hard-to-define but easy-to-love band is full of soaring melodies and a deep-hearted, determined, and joyful feel. Read More »

Music Review: Bananarama – ‘Megarama’ [3-CD Set Reissue]

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The internationally renowned Brit girl group's deep remix catalog is chronicled in a new 3-CD set of dance/club hits and rarities. Read More »

Music Review: Les McCann – ‘Invitation to Openness’ [Remastered]

Invitation to Openness

'Invitation to Openness' is one of those albums that speaks not only to jazz enthusiasts, it is an album that will bring a smile to all lovers of intelligent music. Read More »

Music Review: Matt Criscuolo – ‘Headin’ Out’

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Criscuolo's music takes off with new ideas, but only after it has been grounded in form. Read More »

Music Review: [debut] – ‘Postcards from Berlin’

debut's 'Postcards from Berlin'

‘Postcards from Berlin’ seems like a soundtrack featuring songs set within a narrow, well-defined style. Read More »

Music Review: Simple Minds – ‘Sparkle in The Rain’ [4CD Deluxe Boxed Set]

simple minds sparkle in the rain

Simple Minds big grab for the brass ring back in 1984, gets the 30th anniversary treatment on this deluxe boxed set. Read More »

Music Review: Count Basie and His Orchestra – ‘Basic Basie’ [Remastered]

Count Basie Basic Basie

Great soloists, tight ensemble work. Classic big bands are the crowning glory of the middle of the last century. Read More »