Archive for September 13th, 2011

Something Else! sneak peek: Daryl Hall, "Talking to You" (2011)

Apparently playing live on his addictively watchable web show “Live from Daryl’s House” has had an impact on Hall.

Trombone Shorty – For True (2011)

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, once again, incorporates all of the fun but none of the fussy formalism of the New Orleans tradition in his new recording, For True.

Half Notes: Tortoise – A Lazarus Taxon (2006)

by Tom Johnson Three discs and a DVD that covered the entire career of Tortoise, so far. That’s generally a formula for something pretty spotty, but like Tom Wait’s magnificent Orphans box, this one worked on the virtue that it covered so damn much territory that it kept listeners on their toes. And what we get here are all thoseRead More

Exegesis – The Harmony Of The Anomaly (2011)

Electronic and eclectic, Exegesis represents one of the latest attempts to marry technology to the spirit of jazz.

Half Notes: Ani DiFranco – Canon (2007)

by Mark Saleski I’m not generally known for buying best-of packages (the last exception was Tom Waits’ Used Songs, because I arrived on vacation to discover that I’d not packed any Waits. Two weeks with no Tom Waits? No way!), but Ani’s career has been so prolific that this is a great survey. That, and I love to support herRead More

Jeff Coffin and the Mu'tet – Live! (2011)

Saxophonist and composer Jeff Coffin, a three-time Grammy winner, traverses a fine line on Live!, a record that feels both timeless and fresh. The beauty is that he and his Mu’Tet don’t stumble into the pitfalls of either concept.