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Gregg Allman: Laid Back Deluxe Edition

Read "Laid Back Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

Gregg Allman's first solo album, Laid Back (Capricorn, 1973), is the ideal candidate for a Deluxe Edition reissue and remaster. Not only is the record an exquisite, one-of-a-kind piece of work in its original form, but the backstory is eminently worth telling as it sheds light not only on the creation of the album itself, but ...

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Chicago: Chicago Transit Authority 50th anniversary Remix

Read "Chicago Transit Authority 50th anniversary Remix" reviewed by Doug Collette

In what is perhaps a tacit admission of limited sales potential (and in turn the low profit margin on music in physical formats), on the 50th Anniversary Remix of Chicago's debut album (often known as CTA, there is no info in any form detailing the technical process of this sound enhancement. A single sentence on the ...

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The Beatles: Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

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Deceptively less weighty than its 50th Anniversary counterparts, The Beatles' Abbey Road Super Deluxe Edition is nevertheless as revelatory in its own way as the previously-released milestone packages of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Apple, 1967) and The Beatles (Apple, 1968).

Yet comparison of the sets in their respective expanded forms is as ...

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Mike Holober and the Gotham Jazz Orchestra: Hiding Out

Read "Hiding Out" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If musical polymath Mike Holober is hiding out, he's doing it in plain sight. Constantly in demand, his work as a pianist, conductor, arranger and composer has drawn plenty of attention. In the past 15 years alone he has served as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Westchester Jazz Orchestra (from 2007-2013), the Associate Guest ...

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Phil Ranelin: Phil Ranelin Collected 2003-2019

Read "Phil Ranelin Collected 2003-2019" reviewed by Chuck Koton

One day, in Indianapolis in 1948, a nine year old Phil Ranelin made a fateful visit to his paternal grandmother's home. She was a real music buff and that afternoon, before she went to do some work out back, she told young Phillip, “Any of these records, feel free to play 'em and see what kind ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Promise Kept: The Complete Artists House Recordings

Read "Promise Kept: The Complete Artists House Recordings" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

A Man and His Word Art Pepper's career as an alto saxophonist is often said to exist in two eras, separated by incarceration and marriage, joined together by a penchant for substance abuse. In 1952, Pepper was a young jazzman on the rise in a world where John Coltrane and Miles Davis had yet to become ...

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Samantha Fish: Kill Or Be Kind

Read "Kill Or Be Kind" reviewed by Doug Collette

Wielding her guitar as she adopts a saucy blonde bombshell pose, the image Samantha Fish projects on the cover of her Rounder Records debut would mean next to nothing if the music inside didn't deliver a similarly striking impact. Recorded at largely at Royal Studios in Memphis and another two sites in New Orleans, the woman's ...

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Ken Vandermark with Kris Davis/Hamid Drake/Paul Lytton/Ikue Mori/William Parker: Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019 (Box Set)

Read "Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019 (Box Set)" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When reed player and composer Ken Vandermark launched his recording career in 1995, he did so with the deceptively titled Standards (Quinnah Records). Free improvisations with titles like “Rage for Speaking" and “A Sick Man's Dreams" indicated a different view of the agreed-upon definition. And so, it has been and has evolved, over nearly twenty-five years ...

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Brian Kellock: Bidin' My Time

Read "Bidin' My Time" reviewed by Michael S. Clark

Some of the finest musicians in jazz music are among the most self-effacing people on the planet. The Scottish pianist, Brian Kellock, is one such personality. For almost three decades, Edinburgh-born Kellock has, more often than not, been the first-call pianist on stage and in the studio for jazz musicians such as Warren Vache, Scott Hamilton, ...

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Jackson Browne: Running On Empty: 2019 Remaster

Read "Running On Empty: 2019 Remaster" reviewed by Doug Collette

There is no other album quite like Running On Empty in Jackson Browne's discography. But then, there may be no other album comparable in contemporary rock: it is an absolutely unflinching portrait of an artist looking for a connection to the muse and only fleetingly establishing one. In a sense, this 1977 album resides at the ...