New Music Monday: Eric Burdon, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite

New Music Monday spans a dizzying range of styles, from rootsy stuff to jazz, from blues to classic rock.

Those blues? Check out Ben Harper and old-school harp-master Charlie Musselwhite. Roots rock? A scorching set from Eric Burdon, of War and the Animals fame.

Jazz? Rudresh Mahanthappa has put out the first great new recording of 2013.

Elsewhere, look for timeless classic rock from Fleetwood Mac, remastered and expanded. Rumours remains their biggest album ever, and it’s never sounded better.

Same with some ageless jazz, in a newly released classic live recording from Miles Davis. And some volcanic blues rock in a reissue from Stevie Ray Vaughan. Matthew Shipp has a greatest-hits package out, too.

There’s some heavy new stuff from ex-Savatage frontman Zachary Stevens, and a shiny reissue of Ritchie Blackmore’s final live performance with Deep Purple.

Also, some retro-R&B stuff from Rock Candy Funk Party, something deeply retro-country from Dale Watson, and some tripped-out space rock from Huw Lloyd-Langton …

AcceptPlaylist: The Very Best of Accept (Pop/Rock)
Al StewartYear Of The Cat & Modern Times: Remastered (Pop/Rock)
Andrea BocelliPassione [Deluxe Edition] (Vocals)

BEN HARPER AND CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE – GET UP [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD] (BLUES): Musselwhite can compose and sing, too, but does neither with Harper taking care of those tasks, and it doesn’t matter. What matters is Charlie doing what he’s been the best at doing since the late 1960s. His vintage harmonica can fill up space without being very loud and send tingle down your spine without going over the top. Meanwhile, Harper brings his Relentless7 band in tow for these sessions. Combined with Musselwhite and bringing in Grammy winning Chris Goldsmith to help out with production, every track is oozing with grit and it has the unmistakable feel of a “live in the studio, no edits” sort of recordings. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Blue Sky RidersFinally Home (Pop/Rock)
Bobby HutchersonCirrus (Jazz)
Carmen McRaeI Am Music (Jazz)
Charley PattonComplete Recorded Works in Chronological Order 1 (Blues)
Chico HamiltonPeregrinations (Jazz)

CIRCLE II CIRCLE – SEASONS WILL FALL (POP/ROCK): Former Savatage frontman Zachary Stevens’ band has released some very good music over the years with some pretty bad production. They just can’t seem to get the kind of dynamic production that would showcase the band’s talent, and they run into problems again. This time around, Stevens’ amazing voice gets buried in the mix, which weakens an otherwise good record. — Fred Phillips

Chris PotterSirens (Jazz)
Dave BrubeckAll the Things We Are (Jazz)

DALE WATSON AND HIS LONE STARS – EL RANCHO AZUL (COUNTRY): The new album from one of the kings of the underground country scene delivers just as much honky tonk, alcohol consumption and heartache as we’ve come to expect. As a bonus, we finally get to hear a studio version of Watson’s version of his ode to Billy Joe Shaver, “Where Do You Want It?” (More here.) — Fred Phillips

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DEEP PURPLE – LIVE IN PARIS: 1975 (POP/ROCK): Capturing the last concert from Deep Purple’s Mk III lineup, as Ritchie Blackmore subsequently left to form Rainbow, this reissue also works as another glimpse into the brilliance of the recently deceased Jon Lord. Much was made of the way this new grouping — harder-edged, more groove-focused — eventually sent Blackmore elsewhere, but you’ll quickly discover here that the canny Lord had no trouble adapting. Mid-1970s frontman David Coverdale, at one point sounding almost overwhelmed by the thundering sound behind him, welps: “Burn it, Jon!” Indeed. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Destiny’s ChildLove Songs (R&B)
Dexy’s Midnight RunnersSearching for the Young Soul Rebels (Pop/Rock)
Ella JenkinsGet Moving With Ella Jenkins (Folk)
Elvin JonesLive at the Lighthouse 1 (Jazz)

ERIC BURDON – ‘TIL YOUR RIVER RUNS DRY (POP/ROCK): Burdon has never sounded more visceral, or more angry, and it’s a wonder to behold. Not that the album isn’t filled with a sweep of other textures and emotions. In fact, ‘Til Your River amounts to a command performance across a stirring variety of styles. All of the quieter moments, however, feel like a preamble to those times when Burdon is in a full-throated roar. Some five decades on from his breakout moment in “We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place,” nothing can stop his flinty indictments. Mellowing with age? Try bellowing. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Emmy RossumSentimental Journey (Vocals)
Fiction FamilyFiction Family Reunion (Folk)

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FLEETWOOD MAC – RUMOURS: EXPANDED EDITION (POP/ROCK): This expanded edition’s three CDs include the original album and the b-side “Silver Springs,” a dozen unreleased live recordings from the group’s ’77 world tour, and an entire disc filled with unreleased takes from the album’s recording sessions. The deluxe edition includes all of the music from expanded version, plus an additional disc of outtakes a DVD that features “The Rosebud Film,” a 1977 documentary about the album, and the album on vinyl. Producers also have compiled a selection of 16 unreleased recordings from the album’s sessions including early takes of “Go Your Own Way,” “I Don’t Want To Know” and “Silver Springs.” There are also several demo recordings, including one for the outtake “Planets of the Universe,” plus an instrumental version of “Never Going Back Again.”

Harry NilssonPlaylist: The Very Best of Harry Nilsson (Pop/Rock)
Harvie S and Kenny BarronWitchcraft (Jazz)
HatebreedThe Divinity Of Purpose (Pop/Rock)
Helen MerrillAmerican Country Songs (Vocals)
Horace SilverSilver N Voices (Jazz)

HUW LLOYD-LANGTON – RARE AND UNRELEASED ANTHOLOGY (1971-2012) (POP/ROCK): Plucking gems from 1971-2012, this new two-disc release is highlighted by 11 early solo acoustic recordings and six new instrumental tracks. The album’s trademark moment, however, is “Hurry on Sundown” — a raucous 1999 update of the folky old track by Hawkwind, with whom Lloyd-Langton appeared on albums at the turn of both the 1970s and 1980s. Anything but melancholic, instead the tune is a stamping re-statement of purpose — complete with a squalling harmonica and muscular, slashing riffs. In that way, it’s really the perfect valedictory for Lloyd-Langton: Unrepentantly loud, a little trippy, utterly unique. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Jeffrey OsborneA Time for Love (R&B)
Jeremy PeltWater & Earth (Jazz)
Jerry Lee LewisPlaylist: The Very Best of Jerry Lee Lewis: Sun Sessions (Pop/Rock)
John HollenbeckSongs I Like a Lot (Jazz)
Johnny WinterJohnny Winter And: Live At The Fillmore East 10-3-70 (Pop/Rock)
John ZornFilmworks Xxv: City of Slaughter (Jazz)
Justin BieberBelieve Acoustic (Pop/Rock)
Kenny RogersDiscovery Vaults (Country)

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Kris KristoffersonFeeling Mortal (Country)
Lena HughesQueen Of The Flat Top Guitar (Folk)
Local NativesHummingbird [Deluxe Edition] (Pop/Rock)
Lou DonaldsonSweet Lou (Jazz)
Massive AttackTone Tantrum (Jazz)

MATTHEW SHIPP – GREATEST HITS (JAZZ): I’m here to say, in what has become something of a cliché when speaking of improvised music, that if there was any sort of cultural justice in this world, the name Matthew Shipp would be as familiar as Lady Gaga, Psy, or Justin Bieber. There is of course, not enough cultural justice to go around. There is, however, an unending supply of musical intrigue. We have Shipp’s expansive solo piano works as well as the many electro-acoustic configurations that push the boundaries of what jazz can mean. All of the usual Blue Series cohorts are present, from William Parker to Flam to Gerald Cleaver. (More here.) — Mark Saleski

MILES DAVIS – LIVE IN EUROPE 1969: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 2 (JAZZ): A sequel to 2011’s Live In Europe 1967, this second edition moves ahead two years and presents Davis’ third great group in some of its only existing recordings. This short-lived quintet featuring Davis, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette never recorded in a studio. They are captured in three separate concert settings, starting with two full-length (one hour-plus) sets at the Antibes Jazz Festival in France on July 25-26, then moving to Stockholm for a November 5 performance. The DVD includes the complete 46-minute set at the Berlin Philharmonie on November 7, 1969.

Mississippi John Hurt1928 Sessions (Blues)
Mississippi SheiksComplete Recorded Works in Chronological Order 1 (Blues)
MountainClimbing! [Vinyl]; Playlist: The Very Best of Mountain (Pop/Rock)

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Paul WilliamsI’m Going Back There Someday (Pop/Rock)
Rebecca LukerI Got Love: Songs of Jerome Kern (Vocals)

ROCK CANDY FUNK PARTY – WE WANT GROOVE (R&B): You can call it funky rock-jazz, acid jazz or fusion jam music. Whatever label you apply, it hearkens back to the golden era of raw and funky electric groove music perpetrated by merchants like Harvey Mandel, Jeff Beck and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters. Though these five guys — headlined by Joe Bonamassa — are all about that groove, they’re also smart enough to put in enough changes in these nine originals to avoid monotony but not so much that everyone but the Return to Forever fans are turned off. Everyone gets solos in, but for the most part, the solos are concise. Bonamassa touring drummer Tal Bergman, who produced this record, managed to push the band into creating the music fresh and in the moment within a deadline. This porridge is just right. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Rosie LedetSlap Your Mama (International)

RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA – GAMAK (JAZZ): Mahanthappa continues to deluge us with ideas that draw from so many sources, East and West, and succeeds in creating something that haven’t been heard before. The partnership with David Fiuczynski — the king of microtonal guitar himself — presented so many new possibilities, and Mahanthappa might have exploited every single one of them on Gamak. This is getting jazz in 2013 off to a roaring start. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Sara EvansPlaylist: The Very Best of Sara Evans (Country)
Sergio MendesGreat Arrival (Jazz)
ShakraPowerPlay (Pop/Rock)
Slide Hampton OctetSomethin’ Sanctified (Jazz)

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STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN AND DOUBLE TROUBLE – TEXAS FLOOD: 30th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION (BLUES): This electrifying blues-rock debut album is reimagined here as a double-disc set. Disc One features the original album plus the bonus track “Tin Pan Alley” (aka “Roughest Place in Town”), while Disc Two premieres a previously unavailable hour-long set of Vaughan and Co. live at Ripley’s Music Hall in Philadelphia. Recorded on October 20, 1982, for a WMMR Radio broadcast, this extraordinary performance finds Double Trouble at the peak of their formidable powers.

Swing Out SisterPrivate View: Special Deluxe (Pop/Rock)
Tegan and SaraHeartthrob (Pop/Rock)
Terri ClarkClassic (Country)
The Box TopsPlaylist: The Very Best of Box Tops (Pop/Rock)
The Doobie BrothersPlaylist: Very Best of The Doobie Brothers Live (Pop/Rock)

THE SUMMARILY DISMISSED – TO EACH (POP/ROCK): The legacy of Laura Nyro deserves more than to rely on original recordings or innumerable covers; a member of a newer generation to make new music in that old spirit is needed to keep her eccentric, intelligent brand of pop vital and alive. So why not Ari Shagal? The Summarily Dismissed is built around a nucleus of three lead vocalists in Shagal, Ferima Faye and Matthew Lomeo. Notable contributors include saxophonist Jessica Lurie and Nyro’s old percussionist, Nydia Mata. To Each is the first product of this collective built around Shagal’s musical mind. Together, they are practicing revitalization of the dying art of mating deep, soulful song craft to the kind of performances it deserves, and To Each is indeed revitalizing. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

TomahawkOddfellows (Pop/Rock)
U.D.O.Solid; No Limits; Holy; Man and Machine (Pop/Rock)
Various artistsFrom Bamako to Carencro [Beausoleil, Michael Doucet, David Doucet, others] (International)
Willie McTellComplete Recorded Works in Chronological Order 1 (Blues)

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