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“For The Majestic Silver Strings, Miller recruited guitarists Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, and Greg Leisz to join him on a program of classic country songs and a couple of originals. …The program is a revisioning of tunes from country’s canon that sound timeless against the original material. … The Majestic Silver Strings is one of [...]

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Cream: BBC Sessions

“This compilation of 22 Cream BBC tracks from 1966-1968 marked a major addition to the group’s discography, particularly as they released relatively little product during their actual lifetime… Given Cream’s tendency to over-improvise on the band’s live concert recordings, however, the concise nature of these BBC tracks (none of which exceed five minutes) makes them [...]

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Cream: Live Cream

“Foreground and background seem to dissolve as all three musicians take charge, using the full range of their instruments. And where Bruce goes with his bass, especially on ‘Sweet Wine,’ is every bit as rewarding as the places that Clapton’s guitar takes us; and Ginger Baker’s playing is a trip all its own. Performances like [...]

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Cream: Live Cream, Vol. II

“On its face, Live Cream, Vol. 2 is a more ambitious album that its predecessor, offering more songs and including concert versions of two of the group’s AM radio hits…. And it is just about essential listening for anyone who wants to understand what Cream was about, which was live performance…. [T]he album is a [...]

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“Born to Sing: No Plan B is Van Morrison’s first studio offering in four years and his second for Blue Note. …Uncharacteristically, he recorded the set in his hometown of Belfast with a crack sextet that includes a three-piece horn section with an alto saxophone. …Born to Sing: No Plan B is more jazz-centric, but [...]

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Bonnie Raitt: Slipstream

“Raitt’s voice has never sounded better. She’s expanded her lower range with an expressiveness that is soulful, rich, and rings emotionally true — though she’s sacrificed none of her higher register. Her voice can command and reveal a devastating tenderness. Slipstream reveals Raitt at another creative peak.”–All Music guide Check Our Catalog

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“The primary pleasure of the Little Willies, the uptown country cabaret covers band fronted by Norah Jones, is their ease, how they can take tunes everybody knows by heart and not so much reinterpret them as freshen them, pulling them ever so slightly toward the jazzier side.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Gary Clark Jr.: The Bright Lights EP

“Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr. mixes up blues, jazz, soul, and rock as well as any player on the scene… Clark is the real deal.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk

“To his enormous credit, Laurie never sounds like a dilettante among this group; he holds his own, working his way into the marrow of the songs, playing credible piano throughout the record.” –All Music Guide   Check Our Catalog

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“The music included here celebrates the musical diversity of New Orleans and Treme as traditions have been passed down from the neighborhood where jazz was born and where blues, Cajun, and folk musics have flourished to the present post-Katrina era. As a soundtrack, this volume represents what’s best about Treme; as a listening experience, it [...]

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“Compared to Wynton’s duet albums with Willie Nelson, this is both more traditional and riskier, and compared to Clapton’s latter-day duets with B.B. King and J.J. Cale, this finds the guitarist none too deferential. These are consummate musicians united by playing music they love, and their passion resonates so strongly it’s hard not to enjoy [...]

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Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology

“This lavish 111-track, six-CD box set attempts the impossible — to tell the whole story of jazz. This expanded anthology is wonderfully diverse in the story it tells, with tracks from jazz artists across the stylistic board, from Stan Kenton to Sun Ra, Bill Evans to Chick Corea, Louis Armstrong to Cecil Taylor, with stops [...]

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Buddy Guy: Icon

“This concise and tight 11-song set from those years collects early versions of his signature tunes “I Got My Eyes on You,” “Stone Crazy,” “Watch Yourself,” “When My Left Eye Jumps,” and the edgy “My Time After Awhile,” as well as his first single for Chess, “First Time I Met the Blues,” all of which [...]

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Mavis Staples: You Are Not Alone

“It’s gospel. It’s blues. It’s about love and redemption, and how each needs the other.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Charles Bradley: No Time for Dreaming

“On first spin, most listeners won’t be able to tell that gutsy soul singer Charles Bradley’s Daptone debut wasn’t recorded in the late ’60s and dusted off for release in early 2011. The music and performances are vibrant and alive with arrangements that are innovative yet informed by their roots. Retro-soul aficionados who claim they [...]

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Joe Cocker: Icon

“Joe Cocker has always been a superb interpreter of songs, taking each one he tackles and jerking and twisting it into new shapes, wringing every bit of emotion out of it in mesmerizing fashion, all of which has made him an iconic and unique artist.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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True by Too Human

Emotionally charged, bluesy vocals in a contemporary folk style with strong shades of jazz and blues. Check Our Catalog

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Check Our Catalog “Having won enough awards to keep his mantelpiece groaning for years for his 2007 collaboration with Alison Krauss, Robert Plant resists the temptation to repeat the Americana formula and give us Raising More Sand. Instead he invokes the name of Band of Joy, the psychedelic blues group he originally fronted before the [...]

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The Black Keys: Brothers

Check Our Catalog “Brothers bursts with gritty garage soul, resonating with retro grooves like “Tighten Up,” creeping with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins eeriness on the reverb-driven blues ballad “Ten Cent Pistol” and oozing old school from start to finish.” –Billboard

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Jack Rose: Luck in the Valley

Check Our Catalog “Americana with a thrillingly cosmopolitan flair, Jack Rose’s acoustic-guitar pickings encompass all manner of sounds not generally associated with that instrument: the elegant drone of ragas or jazz’s syncopated swing. This collection of 10 instrumentals…captures the late Rose’s limber, relaxed guitar style, and the charm of his low-key songs. Jack Rose suffered [...]

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