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Monthly Archive for February, 2010

The Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out

Check Our Catalog “The 50th Anniversary Edition of the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s bona fide classic, Time Out, was issued in May of 2009 by Sony Legacy…Its place in jazz history has been solidified by its being the first platinum-selling jazz album. For the real fan, it’s the bonus discs that warrant the attention here. First [...]

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Check Our Catalog Joshua Bell, the Grammy-winning violinist, fulfills a life-long dream of recording a CD of instrumental and vocal duets with a colorful roster of musicians, including Josh Groban, Sting, Kristin Chenoweth, Regina Spektor, and Chris Botti, among others.

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Check Our Catalog “Alpers recruits a full backing band, as well as the Royal New Zealand Air Force Brass Band, to broaden the horizons of her electro-folk-pop. The results are much livelier and more dynamic than anything she’s done before.”–All Music Guide

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A Fine Frenzy: Bomb in a Birdcage

Check Our Catalog “A lively piece of work, with songs that take flight and arrangements that couch her vocals in tasteful heaps of strings, harmonies, and piano…Alison Sudol sounds ecstatic throughout the album, her cooing voice often giving way to delighted yelps, and Bomb in the Birdcage is a fitting display of the explosives this [...]

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George Harrison: Let It Roll

Check Our Catalog “A useful compilation that consolidates all of Harrison’s signature tunes on one very enjoyable disc.”–All Music Guide

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Headless Heroes: The Silence of Love

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K.D. Lang: Recollection

Check Our Catalog “Since 2006′s Reintarnation chronicled k.d. lang†s alt-country beginnings, there was a need for a compilation that focused on her smoky prime, the recordings from Ingénue on, the recordings that turned her into a crossover star. Recollection…does just that, painting a portrait of lang the modern-day torch singer.”–All Music Guide

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Marissa Nadler: Little Hells

Check Our Catalog “Little Hells, the Boston-based singer-songwriter’s fourth album, seems as though it’s coming at you through sheets of delicately wafting black lace.”–Boston Globe

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Tom Waits: Glitter and Doom Live

Check Our Catalog “If this is as close as you get to hearing Waits live, it’s an illuminating snapshot of an artist whose concerts are increasingly rare and compelling.”–Boston Globe

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Wheat: White Ink Black Ink

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Check Our Catalog “The plot line of studious teenager Jenny, compelled to discover the larger picture of life through worldly suitor Peter circa 1961, only gets the ball rolling for the music in the soundtrack of the film An Education. Director Lone Scherfig and screenplay author Nick Hornby decided to base the backing music on [...]

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Passion Pit: Manners

Check Our Catalog “Passion Pit’s full-length debut proves he isn’t fronting: It’s a shiny bouquet of synth-pop roses, with perfumed Eighties keyboard whooshes and modern stutter beats crooking a finger toward the dance floor.”–Rolling Stone

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Check Our Catalog “Even though this 2009 release incorporates jazz elements on occasion (as well as elements of blues, soul, and country), Some Assembly Required is a roots rock/Americana effort first and foremost…This is a well-crafted, nicely executed disc that never fails to be enjoyable.”–All Music Guide

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George Benson: Songs and Stories

Check Our Catalog “[Benson] is, after all, perhaps the greatest jazz guitarist of all time, as well as a soulfully groovy R&B and pop master. In truth, it’s time for his entire audience to realize he’ll probably never focus on just one aspect of his art any more, but this recording comes as close as [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The queen of hip-hop soul splits her loyalty between three masters with the agility of a gymnast, but she manages to hold a mood with seamless transitions between each.”–Boston Globe

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Susan Boyle: I Dreamed a Dream

Check Our Catalog “Boyle sings beautifully throughout, delivering more of the same of what she did in her moment in the sun on television. Those won over by Boyle, either her voice or story, will surely be satisfied.”–All Music Guide

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Jay Brannan: In Living Cover

Check Our Catalog “Jay Brannan dives into his iPod collection with In Living Cover, a collection of cover songs and original material.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog The soundtrack features 16 songs including the original songs performed in the film by Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell.

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Linda Eder: Soundtrack

Check Our Catalog “Soundtrack finds Linda Eder musically “going to the movies” with a carefully selected set of songs from films that span five decades. The originals may be familiar and beloved, but Eder and her band reworked them, rendering the songs in an intimate, fireside style.”–All Music Guide

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