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Love, Gloom, Cash, Love

Read "Love, Gloom, Cash, Love" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Herbie Nichols' story has been told again and again, but it never seems to stick. An idiosyncratic pianist and one of the handful of important jazz composers, he was born in 1919 and dead from leukemia by age forty-four. His best- known song--"Lady Sings the Blues"--is associated with Billie Holiday and I would wager many listeners ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace

Read "Serenade for Horace" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This gem of a tribute album is, in the words of the poet Wordsworth, a “recollection in tranquility" conceived and led by drummer Louis Hayes in memory of his beloved lifelong friend, pianist Horace Silver. In 1956, Silver invited Hayes to New York City from his native Detroit to join the Horace Silver Quintet, which produced ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Doors: The Singles

Read "The Singles" reviewed by Doug Collette

Naysayers carping about the voluminous reissues of the Doors catalog conveniently forget to consider neither label nor management would proceed on a title like The Singles if there wasn't sufficient confidence the market, in terms of new audiences alone wasn't there to support sales. And say what anyone will about how dubious is the concept of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dawes: We're All Gonna Die

Read "We're All Gonna Die" reviewed by Doug Collette

With the benefit of extended hindsight, Dawes' We're All Gonna Die was certainly the most confounding new rock release of 2016, if not the most disappointing. To the credit of the Los Angeles band, the album (or at least its title) did presage the weighty ennui afflicting the culture by the end of the year. But ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jamie Saft: Loneliness Road

Read "Loneliness Road" reviewed by Doug Collette

Much of Iggy Pop's early notoriety in his days with the Stooges was predicated on shock value. These days his durability and longevity as an artist render his continued presence only slightly less startling: the seminal punk-rocker is hitting his seventieth decade, a milestone few might've forecast for him around the time of Raw Power (Columbia, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chris Rea: Road Songs For Lovers

Read "Road Songs For Lovers" reviewed by Doug Collette

Far more successful in Europe than America, based on upwards of two dozen studio albums to his credit, Chris Rea perseveres as the unusually erudite and pragmatic musician that he is with Road Songs For Lovers. This Englishman's first studio album in six years chronicles his impressions of the world inside and outside his own head ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's introductory liner notes to Najwa begin with Muddy Waters, so we'll begin there, too.

Wadada Leo Smith was born in 1941, in Leland, Mississippi, around the time Alan Lomax showed up down in Clarksdale, Miss., to record--among many others--McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters. The Lomax field recordings of Waters and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Miller Band: Ultimate Hits

Read "Ultimate Hits" reviewed by Doug Collette

In the near fifty years since the release of his debut album Children of the Future (Capitol, 1968)-produced by Glyn Johns prior to his work with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Eagles-Steve Miller has issued his share of anthologies, including one by that very title. Compiled and produced by the artist himself, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Winwood: Greatest Hits Live

Read "Greatest Hits Live" reviewed by Doug Collette

Greatest Hits Live is something of a misnomer as applied to Steve Winwood's expansive in- concert collection. Not that the title doesn't contain his most well-known numbers, because it does, ranging all the way from his days as a teenage wunderkind ("Gimme Some Lovin'") to his most mainstream commercial success ("Roll With It"). But over the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Savoy Brown: Witchy Feelin'

Read "Witchy Feelin'" reviewed by Doug Collette

Even though the impact of the music isn't any less potent, the artist designation for Witchy Feelin' is notably different than that of the prior album by Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown. In an act of combined humility and self-confidence on the part of the leader, the billing goes wholly to the band and that spirit ...


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