Archive for March 25th, 2011

Woody Shaw – United (1981, 2011 reissue)

Photo by Tom Marcello A new reissue series focusing on turn-of-the-1980s sides by the underappreciated Woody Shaw doesn’t consistently illustrate why he’s sometimes considered the last of the true innovators at the trumpet. But United certainly does.

The Friday Morning Listen: Elvis Costello – All This Useless Beauty (1996)

by Mark Saleski This is not about politics. Though I do try to keep a safe distance from it, the volume level of that particular circus has risen to something beyond deafening.

Guilty pleasures: John Mayer – Continuum (2006)

by Tom Johnson I am fully prepared to admit that I am wrong when I am wrong. I’m just not wrong that often, not about music. But, in this case, I’ve been wrong about John Mayer.

Victor – Transparent (2011)

by Nick DeRiso Neo-soul singer Victor Nelson, in an aptly titled new disc, doesn’t try to hide his emotions on Transparent. In fact, across 10 songs (nine of them self-penned), the vocalist opens up completely. That raw, tender-hearted emotion finds a home in comfy musical surroundings, as Victor references many of the 1970s’ and ’80s’ most familiar R&B and smoothRead More