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Monthly Archive for October, 2009

Check Our Catalog “Every one of these 15 tunes is a living, breathing creature, from the haunting, modal-tinged blues-waltz (with cello) of ‘Rake’ to the jaunty fingerpicking and mouthy dialogue of ‘Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold’ (a duet featuring son Justin Townes Earle) to the eternally elegant Tex-Mex anthem ‘Pancho and Lefty.’”–Billboard

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Check Our Catalog “The transforming power of imagination is rarely shown so clearly…. From the very first bars it feels that something special among Bartoli’s many fine recordings have come into being here with these two distinguished artists in association.”–Gramophone

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Terence Blanchard Group: Choices

Check Our Catalog “Choices is composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s debut recording on the Concord label…Choices is a musically expansive, challenging recording that engages its title’s subject matter critically and liberally without beating the listener over the head with it. It should appeal not only to jazzheads but open-minded music fans of all stripes. This [...]

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Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 5

Check Our Catalog “This 2009 release of Anton Bruckner’s “Symphony No. 5 in B flat major”…delivers a remarkably clear and cogent reading of Bruckner’s most skillfully wrought symphony, along with a moving account of how Zander came to conduct this work so late in his career. Zander’s grasp of the music is secure throughout, and [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The result is Carey’s most sonically and tonally coherent release, a mix of love ballads (‘Inseparable’) and sassy breakup anthems (‘Standing O’) that might have been her best album had it been several songs shorter.”–Rolling Stone

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Renee Fleming: Verismo

Check Our Catalog “This collection of arias and scenes from verismo operas will be a must-have for fans of Renée Fleming. Fleming is in excellent voice, singing with her characteristic immaculate technique, creamy tone, warmth, and dramatic incisiveness.”–All Music Guide

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Nelly Furtado: Mi Plan

Check Our Catalog “It says quite a bit about Nelly Furtado’s ambitions and skill when her Spanish detour winds up being arguably her strongest album yet.”–All Music Guide

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David Garrett: David Garrett

Check Our Catalog “David Garrett’s self-titled album from 2009 emphasizes the classically arranged rock and pop numbers from his repertoire with a handful of familiar and true classical pieces thrown in. The big attractions are Garrett’s orchestrated cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” (frantic and showy with crunchy guitar) and his own composition “Chelsea Girl”.”–All [...]

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Roy Hargrove Big Band: Emergence

Check Our Catalog “Emergence on the Groovin’ High imprint features a 19-member big band, playing a set of 11 standards and originals by Hargrove and bandmembers as well as a track written for the leader by none other than pianist Chucho Valdés — who doesn’t appear here…In all, Emergence is a stunner from top to [...]

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Ingrid Michaelson: Everybody

Check Our Catalog “Rarely does an independent album sound so assured, so polished, and so agreeable.”–All Music Guide

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Mika: The Boy Who Knew Too Much

Check Our Catalog “If you prefer your pop preternaturally gleeful, Mika is your man. The Boy Who Knew Too Much, his second kaleidoscopic pile-up, is chock-full of bright, brash anthems.”–Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “At 67, Streisand’s gorgeous tones and powers of interpretation are utterly intact, and also front-and-center thanks to producer Diana Krall’s class-conscious pairing of her own understated quartet with Johnny Mandel’s velvety orchestrations.”–Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “Bingham isn’t an innovator, he’s a reanimator, and on Roadhouse Sun the 28-year-old breathes new life into alt-country clichés through the power of his weathered croon and his stiff-jangle arrangements.”–Entertainment Weekly

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Check Our Catalog “While it’s true that many of these tracks have been collected on the two previous hits collections, this is the first time that all the number ones have been in one place, and it’s the best argument there is for the legacy they leave behind.”–All Music Guide

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Kendel Carson: Alright Dynamite

Check Our Catalog “Carson is the latest protégée of legendary songwriter (“Wild Thing”) and producer Chip Taylor. After a lifetime of writing rock and pop songs, Taylor reinvented himself as a folk/Americana performer a few years back and worked for several years as a duo with Carrie Rodriguez, who recently went solo. Taylor and Carson [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Electric Dirt sounds fresh, emphatic, and as effective as anything Levon has cut since the mid-’70s, and one can only hope he has a few more discs in him just this good.”–All Music Guide

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Willie Nelson: American Classic

Check Our Catalog “Produced by renowned adult contemporary producer Tommy LiPuma, American Classic-Nelson’s finest album since 1998′s “Teatro”-contains 12 timeless melodies that bridge the gap between Nelson’s love for Django Reinhardt and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.”–Billboard

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Tanya Tucker: My Turn

Check Our Catalog “The turn Tanya Tucker takes on 2009′s My Turn, her first album in seven years, is her own distinctive take on 12 country tunes, all popularized by male singers…While it’s true that Pete Anderson’s dry, unadorned production gives this muscle and grit, perhaps the most sympathetic setting Tucker has had in decades, [...]

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Sara Watkins: Sara Watkins

Check Our Catalog “With her band Nickel Creek on “indefinite hiatus,” singer and fiddle player Sara Watkins makes her solo debut with a recording that gives a good sense of her hybrid musical heritage, combining traditional country elements with singer/songwriter pop.”–All Music Guide

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Hank Williams Jr.: 127 Rose Avenue

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