New Music Monday: Bruce Hornsby, Crowbar, King Crimson, Terje Rypdal, thenewno2

New Music Monday brings another teetering stack of fresh musical offerings from the likes of Bruce Hornsby, Crowbar, Jon Herington of Steely Dan, King Crimson, Pat Travers, Terje Rypdal, Testament and thenewno2, among others. Upcoming reissues and live sets include David Sanborn and Weather Report. Also out this week is new stuff from Charm City Devils, Crucified Barbara, Doro, Jackyl and Nigel Dupree.

NOW, TO THE JULY 30, 2012, EDITION OF NEW MUSIC MONDAY …

BlurBlur [Limited Edition] (Pop/Rock)
Bruce CoxStatus Cymbals (Jazz)

BRUCE HORNSBY – RED HOOK SUMMER (JAZZ): A 13-time Grammy nominee forever associated with his charttopping 1986 hit “The Way It Is,” Hornsby has always been much more complex than that radio hit ever gave him credit for — as evidenced by later collaborations that have ranged from Pat Metheny to Ricky Skaggs, and from the Grateful Dead to Jack DeJohnette. Now comes an intriguing solo-piano soundtrack to the forthcoming Spike Lee film of the same name, Hornsby’s first release since 2011’s sprawling Bride Of The Noisemakers — a 25-track retrospective of his live performances between 2007-09. Here, he explores jazz through the lenses of gospel, R&B and country — displaying both an involving sensitivity and a frisky sense of inventiveness. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

CHARM CITY DEVILS – SINS (POP/ROCK): Only heard a little bit from these guys, but what I’ve heard sounds like it could be interesting with kind of a 1980s hard rock feel. — Fred Phillips

Charles MingusThe Complete Columbia and RCA Collection (Jazz)
Christian ScottChristian aTunde Adjuah (Jazz)
CloverClover; Fourty Niner (Pop/Rock)

CROWBAR – OBEDIENCE THRU SUFFERING (POP/ROCK): Crowbar’s previously out of print 1991 debut is, arguably, the beginning of the Louisiana sludge sound. Though it wasn’t until their 1993 self-titled record, produced by Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, that the band gained any widespread notoriety, this one’s well worth picking up for fans of New Orleans metal that might have missed it the first time around. — Fred Phillips

CRUCIFIED BARBARA – THE MIDNIGHT CHASE (POP/ROCK): I’ve just started digging into this new album from the all-girl metal outfit, and so far I’m enjoying it. There’s a heavy vibe of 1980s glam rock, but with a New Wave of British Heavy Metal edge to it. — Fred Phillips

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DAVID SANBORN – THEN AGAIN: THE DAVID SANBORN ANTHOLOGY (JAZZ): The first comprehensive two-disc collection spanning Sanborn’s 25 years at both Warner Bros. and Elektra Records — highlights of which include Double Vision, the saxophonist’s collaboration with Bob James. Of course, that pairing (considered big news in the world of pop-jazz back then) had all the makings of a made-for-the-cutout-bin easy-listening disaster. Yet this may be one of the best smooth jazz — I know; stop it — efforts there ever was. Along the way, it definitively confirmed everything there was to like about Sanborn: His easy way with a melody, those chunky blasts of bright emotion, his direct thought process, a tone so accessible it would have shamed Cannonball Adderley. Keep digging and you’ll find lots more where that came from within this new anthology, which includes liner notes from journalist David Ritz. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan [Deluxe Limited Edition] (Pop/Rock)

DORO – RAISE YOUR FIST IN THE AIR (POP/ROCK): German metal maven Doro Pesch is back with a new four-song EP, perhaps as a tease to an upcoming full-length release? — Fred Phillips

Elvis PresleyI Am An Elvis Fan (Pop/Rock)
Eydie GormeDon’t Go To Strangers/Softly As I Leave You (Jazz)
Fausto RomitelliAnamorphosis (Pop/Rock)
GlorianaA Thousand Miles Left Behind (Country)

JACKYL – BEST IN SHOW (POP/ROCK): The wild-eyed, dirty-minded band from Kennesaw, Ga., returns with their best effort in quite a while. It’s filled with great Southern-fried hard rock tunes, and the cover of Run-DMC’s “It’s Tricky” with Darryl McDaniel is one of the most bizarre pairings I’ve come across in a while. (More here.) — Fred Phillips

JAN GARBAREK – DANSERE (BOX SET)) (JAZZ): Three of Garbarek’s seminal early records with pianist Bobo Stenson that formed the foundation for modern Scandinavian jazz and the that classic, unmistakable “ECM Sound.” Also includes important contributions from other ECM Records mainstays Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen, Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen. (More here). — S. Victor Aaron

Jimmy GriffinSummer Holiday (Pop/Rock)
Jimmy MulidoreJazz for the Ages (Jazz)
John Zorn and Shanir Ezra BlumenkranzAbraxas: Book of Angels 19 (Folk)

JON HERINGTON – TIME ON MY HANDS (BLUES): The fare here from this long-time Steely Dan sideman is emulative, songs that sound like something you’ve heard before, though you just can’t always put your finger on what that is. Herington nonetheless has an ear for catchy melodies, makes each song distinct from each other and even injects a light humor into many of them. He’s not setting out to make some deep artistic statement — he did that already with his highly recommended debut progressive jazz album Pulse And Cadence — but this is a good time record. Herington gets to show off sides of him you won’t hear on a recent Steely Dan-related album or see live when he’s touring with those guys. It turns out, he’s more than “merely” a sideman to the stars. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

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Joshua RadinUnderwater (Pop/Rock)
Joss StoneThe Soul Sessions, Vol. 2 [Deluxe Edition] (Pop/Rock)
Jurgen FriedrichMonosuite for String Orchestra and Improvisers (Jazz)

KING CRIMSON – LIVE IN ARGENTINA: 1994 (POP/ROCK): From a small series of shows to work out the kinks just before Crimson’s short-lived double-trio amalgam released the VROOOM EP. This set captures two shows from the middle of that tour, the earliest video evidence of this band working live, and it’s a thrilling thing to witness these two shows, afternoon and evening, on DVD, having never been available before. Most enjoyable is simply the pure joy present on the stage. There’s a playful nature bouncing around up there. It should come as no surprise to see Adrian Belew’s ever-present grin as he goads the others on, and Bill Bruford is frequently seen with a smile and gesturing loosely while the others react in kind. It’s serious music made through serious fun. (More here.) — Tom Johnson

Mary Chapin CarpenterPlaylist: The Very Best of Mary-Chapin Carpenter (Country)
Miles DavisMilestones (Jazz)
Nona HendryxMutatis Mutandis (R&B)

NIGEL DUPREE – UP TO NO GOOD (POP/ROCK): Nigel is not quite as wild and crazy as his dad — Jackyl singer Jesse James Dupree — but he offers up a solid collection of Southern blues rock in the vein of the Black Crowes. — Fred Phillips

PAT TRAVERS – BLUES ON FIRE (BLUES): A set of double-barrelled, perfectly titled blues-rock (emphasis on the “rock”) reworkings of classic 1920s blues with brawny sense of modern menace from Travers, who is joined by organist Doug Bare, pianist Carl Cleaver, and drummer/co-producer Sean Shannon. Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell, Son House, Blind Blake, Bessie Smith, Tampa Red and Blind Willie Johnson are among those whose work gets absolutely set aflame here — redefining them in ways largely unheard since the hey days of Led Zeppelin and Johnny Winter. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

PhishPhish: Chicago ’94 (Pop/Rock)
Sandra MarlowTrue Blue (Vocals)
Sanford and TownsendThe Smoke From A Distant Fire; Nail Me to the Wall (Pop/Rock)
Shovels and RopeO’ Be Joyful (Folk)
Slipnot(Sic)nesses: Live at Download (Pop/Rock)
Steve Swallow, Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker and Adam NassbaumThe Impossible Gentlemen (Jazz)
SylversShowcase; New Horizons (R&B)

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TERJE RYPDAL – ODYSSEY: IN STUDIO AND IN CONCERT (JAZZ): Apart from his trademark whammy bar-induced vibrato, Norwegian guitarist, keyboardist, saxophonist, composer and bandleader Terje Rypdal has been one of the hardest-to-define figures of progressive jazz, and one of the more complex musical figures of the ECM stable, a label that’s been chock full of the complex types. This box set, covering perhaps the key moment of his musical development, seeks and succeeds in putting together some pieces of the puzzle of Rypdal music, both in music and in words. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Terje Rypdal, Bobo Stenson Trio, Jan Garbarek, Arild AndersenDansere (Jazz)

TESTAMENT – DARK ROOTS OF EARTH (POP/ROCK): The comeback continues. If anything, Dark Roots of Earth is even better than the band’s 2008 album The Formation of Damnation. It’s heavy, yet melodic, and has just a little more variety to my ears than that record. (More here.) — Fred Phillips

The Grateful DeadDick’s Picks Vol. 28: Pershing Municipal Auditorium(Pop/Rock)

THENEWNO2 – THEFEAROFMISSINGOUT (POP/ROCK): If the full album is anything like the soul-lifting advance single “Make It Home,” this is going to be the best yet from Dhani Harrison and thenewno2. Harrison possesses a voice with all of the longing and peaceable bliss of his father, but his vision for this music moves well beyond the Beatle-y stoicism of old. Underneath the lyrics’ perhaps-expected psychedelic nutopia on “Make It Home,” there is a boisterous, very modern soundscape — punctuated by axle-busting bass, squelchy programming and shiver-inducing piano counterpoints. Yet, somehow, amid all of that cacophony, the sonic texturing, the scronks and synth splashes, “Make It Home” remains utterly tuneful, almost intoxicatingly inviting. Can’t wait for this one. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Thelonious MonkThe Complete Columbia Albums Collection (Jazz)
ToadiesPlay.Rock.Music (Pop/Rock)

WEATHER REPORT – THE COLUMBIA ALBUMS: 1971-75 (JAZZ): These six albums — Weather Report, I Sing the Body Electric, Live In Tokyo, Sweetnighter, Mysterious Traveller and Tale Spinnin’ –- helped established Weather Report as one of the seminal fusion ensembles of the era, alongside the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the Headhunters, and Return To Forever. Highlights include the debut, a daring adventure at the time that holds up well today as one of the best experiments in then-new fusion sound. Not because it aped the heaviness of that era’s similarly tagged offerings, but because it transcended those expectations with the lightest touch. Also included: Live In Tokyo, heard here in its entirety after decades as an import-only release. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

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