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Art Ensemble of Chicago: Chi-Congo

Read "Chi-Congo" reviewed by Rex  Butters

The reissue of Chi-Congo fills a very big hole in the active Art Ensemble discography. Since the mid-1970 recording, these sessions have seen light on at least five other labels in different formats. Released between Certain Blacks and Live on Affinity, Chi-Congo introduces Famoudou Don Moye as the group's permanent percussionist. “We moved towards the direction ...

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Eric Dolphy: This is Eric Dolphy

Read "This is Eric Dolphy" reviewed by Michael Davis

This oft-reissued set still makes an ideal stocking-stuffer for several reasons beyond Eric Dolphy's continuing iconic stature.

First off is its amazing diversity, a batch of material ranging from formative, definitive free-bop ensemble performances to free duets with then—emerging bass giant Richard Davis. Actually, many of these musicians, including Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw and Sonny Simmons, ...

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Jethro Tull: Living With The Past

Read "Living With The Past" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The title of this 2002 release might denote a mildly satirical inference to the band’s early 70’s outing titled, “Living In The Past.” Here, Ian Anderson and co. delves into the vast Tull songbook for these live performances, spanning 1989 thru 2001, whereas the bulk of the material might ring like a “best of” collection.

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Otis Rush: The Essential Otis Rush: Classic Cobra Recordings 1956-1958

Read "The Essential Otis Rush: Classic Cobra Recordings 1956-1958" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, the J. Geils Band, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan -- these are just some of the popular artists who have covered Otis Rush 's songs. Yet Rush himself is barely known outside the blues world, even after garnering a Grammy for his 1998 album Any Place I'm Going. As The Essential ...