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John Medeski: John Medeski's Mad Skillet

Read "John Medeski's Mad Skillet" reviewed by Doug Collette

Steeped in, but hardly a slave to, the milieu of the Crescent City, John Medeski (of Medeski, Martin & Wood fame) recorded in The Big Easy with sousaphonist Kirk Joseph and drummer Terence Higgins (both natives of New Orleans and members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band), along with guitarist Will Bernard, one of the unsung ...

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Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet: The Complete Lansdowne Recordings 1965-1969 (Vinyl box set)

Read "The Complete Lansdowne Recordings 1965-1969 (Vinyl box set)" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Make no mistake, this vinyl box set reissue of the entire EMI Columbia oeuvre of the Rendell Carr Quintet is the British jazz equivalent of resurrecting the Dead Sea Scrolls(*). Although not the first time these ultra rare albums have been reissued (BGO Records obliged fans with these on CD, mostly as two-fers, in 2004) this ...

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Daughters: You Won't Get What You Want

Read "You Won't Get What You Want" reviewed by John Bricker

You Won't Get What You Want, the fourth album from Rhode Island noise rock outfit Daughters, is one of the year's most engrossing and terrifying albums, despite a few underwhelming tracks and a disappointing finale. Vocalist Alexis Marshall, guitarist Nick Sadler, bassist Sam Walker and drummer Jon Syverson released Daughters' debut, Canada Songs, in 2003, establishing ...

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Various Artists: Confessin' The Blues

Read "Confessin' The Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette

If it weren't so scrupulously annotated (at least up to a point) or attractively designed, this title might be flippantly described as “The Greatest Hits of the Blues." As is, it is the third in a roots revival series of sorts. Confessin' The Blues follows Chicago Plays the Stones (Raisin' Music, 2018), where a Windy city ...

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Frank Kimbrough: Monk's Dreams

Read "Monk's Dreams" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Thelonious Monk, though controversial in his time, was a brilliant, innovative pianist and composer with a unique way of conceiving the music that was yet remarkably simpatico with standard forms. Many of his compositions (they are much more than “tunes," though I'll use that word here as shorthand) have become a regular part of the jazz ...

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The Beatles: The Beatles 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

Read "The Beatles 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

In keeping with its source, The White Album (Apple, 1968), as a virtual primer of contemporary musical style ranging from the Beach Boys ("Back in the USSR") to Stockhausen ("Revolution #9"), The Beatles 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition is a weighty proposition indeed. In fact, it's alternately daunting and imposing in mere physical form: housed in ...

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Read "Electric Ladyland 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

Given the voluminous prior excavations of Jimi Hendrix' vault, the producers of and contributors to the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Electric Ladyland 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition deserve some kudos. This 3-CD plus Blu-ray set compares favorably to similarly-conceived archive presentations released coincidental to it, specifically More Blood, More Tracks (Legacy Music, 2018), Vol. 14 of The Bootleg ...

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Dead Can Dance: Dionysus

Read "Dionysus" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

In Greek mythology, Dionysus represents the god of the grape harvest, winemaking, and wine, of fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, and theatre. In ancient times, he was worshipped fondly by his followers with cultural festivities, wine-induced ritualistic dances, intense and violent orgies, and secretive various depictions of drunken revelry (the Dionysian Mysteries). What he embodied was ...

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Young Jesus: The Whole Thing Is Just There

Read "The Whole Thing Is Just There" reviewed by John Bricker

Young Jesus' sophomore release with Nebraska label Saddle Creek, The Whole Thing Is Just There, is an experimental, improvisational and accessible indie rock trip. The Los Angeles-based art rock quartet of singer and guitarist John Rossiter, keyboardist Eric Shevrin, bassist Marcel Borbon and drummer Kern Haug have been releasing music inspired by Rossiter's Chicago post-rock roots ...

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Theo Saunders: Trane Stories

Read "Trane Stories" reviewed by Rex  Butters

"My music is the Spiritual expression of what I am: my faith, my knowledge, my being. When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for the people, to help humanity, to help humanity free itself from its hang ups. I want to speak to their souls." John Coltrane, ...