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“Recorded at shows in Berlin and Stockholm, the John Coltrane Quartet — with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones — is in tremendous form here….Afro Blue Impressions is the sound of one of the greatest — albeit short-lived — quartets in jazz history completely coming into its own in concert.” –All [...]

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Bill Frisell: Big Sur

“Bill Frisell’s Big Sur… collects 19 individual pieces in a suite commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival. He spent ten days in retreat at Big Sur’s Glen Deven Ranch, where he composed most of it….On Big Sur, Frisell delivers an inspired musical portrayal of the land, sky, sea, and wildlife of the region with majesty, [...]

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Drake: Nothing Was The Same

“After an EP and two albums that firmly established his moody, introspective style and made him a huge star, Drake’s third album, Nothing Was the Same, isn’t a huge departure but it does take some steps in new directions. Built around sped-up samples and Wu-Tang-inspired, spooky loops, the production retains the same basic style, but [...]

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“Inside Llewyn Davis gains its power through precision as the whole idea of the project is capturing a specific point in time, the great Folk Scare of the early ’60s, when Kingston Trio and Peter Paul & Mary were having crossover hits, the time just before Bob Dylan arrived in Greenwich Village….[I]t winds up as [...]

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“Bryan sneakily incorporates all manners of modern sounds — not enough to distract but enough to make an impression, particularly in how the rhythms suggest pop and dance, how Bryan’s flow can mimic hip-hop without rapping, and those little Auto-Tune flourishes pop up throughout — which also doesn’t make the singer seem particularly country, but [...]

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“Like her debut, ‘Good Wine’ is faithful to the richness of Ms. Roberts’s voice, which is best put to use on traditional country numbers and blues-rock. Often on this album, Ms. Roberts veers hard toward Bonnie Raitt or even Susan Tedeschi territory, alternating between thick, lustrous crooning and tossed-off howls.” –The New York Times Check [...]

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“[I]t’s Gibbard’s poetic lyrics and signature introspection that remain a bench mark for Death Cab; and it’s the group’s maturity as musicians as well as songwriters that make Transatlanticism such a decadently good listen from start to finish. The band has never sounded more cohesive, the track sequencing is brilliant, and it caps off a [...]

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M.I.A: Matangi

“Throughout Matangi, Arulpragasam proves she’s as adept as ever at blending different sounds and cultures into a mix that is unmistakably hers, alluding to Shampoo’s bratty Brit-pop single ‘Trouble’ at one moment and proclaiming herself the female Slick Rick at another. Indeed, the moments inspired by rap and R&B are among the highlights….’” –All Music [...]

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John Medeski: A Different Time

“John Medeski’s solo piano debut was a long time coming. Recorded for Sony Masterworks’ revived Okeh imprint, it’s a 41-minute showcase of a pianist we’ve not really encountered — at least at this length — before….A Different Time may be the first solo entry for Medeski, but given its quality, it hopefully isn’t the last.” [...]

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“Jewel isn’t looking to reinterpret the songs we know and love, but rather deliver satisfyingly sweet versions of melodies embedded in our subconscious….[E]verything feels sincere and nothing gets bogged down with sticky sentiment. Let It Snow may not transcend the conventions of a Christmas album, but it also avoids the pitfalls and, on the whole, [...]

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Booker T: Sound The Alarm

“Booker T. Jones has certainly put his mark on modern pop music. As part of the legendary group Booker T. & the MG’s, Memphis’ first integrated band, and the house band at Stax Records in the 1960s, he pretty much was in at the ground floor of the invention of soul, backing classic soul hits [...]

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Thundercat: Apocalypse

“One of the many charms of Thundercat’s first album, The Golden Age of Apocalypse, was the manner in which the supernaturally skilled bassist seemed to wing his way through songwriting — stumbling upon ideas, going with the flow, goofing off — and come up with brilliance. On his sharper, more focused second album, he works [...]

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“Def Leppard dove into the classic-albums-in-their-entirety trend via an 11-date residency at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, performing 1987′s Hysteria from start to finish, adding other classic hits to round out the set….Def Leppard show their glam rock heart, which is one reason their music has aged so well and why it still sounds [...]

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“Controversial theatrical songwriter and Kickstarter expert Amanda Palmer and her husband, writer and sometimes singer Neil Gaiman, found themselves on a short, intimate tour in late 2011, moving up the West Coast from Los Angeles to Seattle, Washington, hitting five cities where they presented songs, poems, and readings together and separately….The atmosphere of a dimly [...]

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