Archive for August 4th, 2012

Branford Marsalis Quartet – Four MFs Playin' Tunes (2012)

If you’ve often felt that saxophonist Branford Marsalis’ studio recordings failed to reflect the intensity and humor of his live appearances, this MF is for you.

On Second Thought: Billy Joel – Streetlife Serenade (1974)

Billy Joel’s second Columbia album, and third overall, is among his least-remembered records. It was inevitable that Streetlife Serenade, the followup to Piano Man, wouldn’t have the same impact

Daren Burns, with Wadada Leo Smith – Fear is not the Natural State of Civilized People (2012)

Daren Burns teaches bass, piano, music theory and composition at Verde Valley School out of Sedona, Arizona.

Baroness – Yellow and Green (2012)

Ambitious and sprawling, Baroness’ double album Yellow and Green is never pompous or packed. The record is one of their best, demonstrating an audacious step forward into the domain of creativity and damn good songwriting.