New Music Monday: Bill Frisell, the Beach Boys, Nektar, Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark, Candlemass

Bill Frisell used time away at Big Sur to fashion a brilliant new addition to his on-going series of Americana jazz triumphs. We also look back at a time when the Beach Boys had all three Wilson brothers on tour.

Nektar, those overlooked prog pioneers, is back with its initial album of original songs in some five years, providing a capstone on an active period that’s seen the band issue an intriguing covers project and leader Roye Albrighton guest on Billy Sherwood’s recent album-length tribute to Supertramp.

Meanwhile, Johan Langqvist returns to Candlemass for a special anniversary celebration, and we have fresh stuff from Masterplan.

Delbert McClinton hasn’t collaborated with old pal Glen Clark in decades, but the two reignited their collaborative spark with a stirring ease. Tommy Malone also steps out as a solo act, now that his long-running band the Subdudes has taken a hiatus.

Beyond Frisell, we’ve got new jazz to talk about from Jon Davis, and the trio of Michel Gentile, Rob Garcia and Daniel Kelly.

And the reissue stack yields a signature — and oft-debated — moment from Helloween.

Finally, check out a pair of expanded editions of current releases from Black Sabbath and Kiss …

AustraOlympia (Pop/Rock)
Beach DayTrip Trap Attack (Pop/Rock)
Beady EyeBe (Pop/Rock)

BILL FRISELL – BIG SUR (JAZZ): Long known to make beautifully pastoral music that’s inspired by many but delineative of no one, Frisell’s long twisted music journey has often reflected the artist’s own benign mannerisms and the quest for a gorgeous melodic development, with no prejudice to how old or new it sounds. But a commission from the Monterrey Jazz Festival afforded the iconic guitarist rare time for deep reflection over ten days spent at Big Sur. When Frisell left that solitude, he had 19 new songs that wound up on the album recorded a short time later up the road in Berkeley. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Billy CobhamCompass Point (Jazz)

BLACK SABBATH – 13: LIMITED EDITION (ROCK/METAL): A testament to the ties that bind, to overcoming, and to still sounding as evil as shit. The lead single “God Is Dead,” which sports a patently thunderously elastic performance from Geezer Butler, is only an appetizer for vicious, utterly destructive and completely brilliant deep cuts like “Damaged Soul.” From the unfettered rage of “Age of Reason” to the timely, emotionally serrated lyrics that propel “Dear Father,” 13 is the sound of a trio of old friends — plus Brad Wilk on drums — finding themselves again. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

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CANDLEMASS – EPICUS DOOMICUS METALILLICUS: LIVE AT ROADBURN 2011 (ROCK/METAL): To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their classic modern doom album, Candlemass invited singer Johan Langqvist back into the band for a few shows in 2011 to perform the album in its entirety. This limited edition vinyl-only release captures a performance in Holland. It’s limited to 800 copies — 400 in black vinyl and 400 in white vinyl. — Fred Phillips

Clare FischerManteca (Jazz)
Cozy PowellOver the Top (Pop/Rock)
CircaHQ (Pop/Rock)
David SylvianWandermude (Pop/Rock)
Delaney & Bonnie and FriendsAccept No Substitute; Motel Shot; On Tour with Eric Clapton (Pop/Rock)

DELBERT McCLINTON AND GLEN CLARK – BLIND, CRIPPLED AND CRAZY (BLUES): An easy atmosphere of camaraderie, a lived-in sense of community, surrounds this homey reunion, as Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark amble up, sit a spell, and share a few songs. You can almost hear the rocking chair creaking below them on the front porch. More prone to sly humor — try and keep a smile from curling up your face during the winking “Sure Feels Good” — than it is angry retorts, this album isn’t about pushing back against old age, so much as accepting things for what they are, with grace, wit and a little bit of humor. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

DialetoThe Last Tribe (Pop/Rock)
Diana RossAn Evening With Diana Ross; The Boss (Pop/R&B)
Duke Ellington and His OrchestraLive at The Cave, Vancouver, 1970 (Jazz)
Gaslight AnthemSingles Collection: 2008-2011 (Pop/Rock)
Gipsy KingsBest of (Pop/Rock)

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HansonAnthem (Pop/Rock)
HawkwindWarrior on the Edge of Time (Pop/Rock)

HELLOWEEN – KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS PART 2 (ROCK/METAL): This 1988 record gets its share of flack from fans and critics, but I always liked it. Maybe that’s because it was my introduction to Helloween. Guitarist and primary songwriter Kai Hansen was on his way out and not really engaged in the record, but “I Want Out” is easily one of the best songs in the band’s catalog. — Fred Phillips

JON DAVIS – ONE UP FRONT (JAZZ): Davis leads a trio with Joris Teepe on acoustic bass and Shinnosuke Takahashi on drums, who lend solid support and bolster Davis, a very polished and articulate pianist. One Up Front is one very soothing set; even when they playing at a quick tempo or playing clustered lines, it feels light and nimble footed. There’s not much risking taking involved, but the crisp execution is plenty enough enjoyable on its own. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Kelly RowlandTalk a Good Game (R&B)
Kenny BarronKenny Barron and the Brazilian Knights (Jazz)
King OliverAnd His Orchestra 1929-1930 (Jazz)

KISS – MONSTER: INTERNATIONAL TOUR EDITION (ROCK/METAL): The original album has been expanded to include an exclusive tour poster and the bonus track “Right Here Right Now,” available on CD for the first time. It’s more of what made Monster so listenable: Party music for the horns-throwing set. When Kiss accomplishes that, they are an irresistible force — this scary-addictive combination of metal bombast, eye-popping stage theatrics and mindless will to fun. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Lester YoungBoston 1950 (Jazz)

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MASTERPLAN – NOVUM INITIUM (ROCK/METAL): Vocalist Rick Altzi has some big shoes to fill in replacing departed singer Jorn Lande, but he seems to click well with Masterplan. Novum Initium should please fans of the band, with or without Jorn. — Fred Phillips

MICHEL GENTILE, DANIEL KELLY AND ROB GARCIA – WORKS (JAZZ): This is a somewhat peculiar trio in that there’s no bass, nor any instrument that can fully cover the spot. That doesn’t mean the music comes off peculiarly, in fact the symmetry amongst the three makes this a natural meeting of the mind. What this lack of bass also means is that Garcia’s drums are exposed because there’s no one there to bridge the gap between Garcia and the front line. Far from this sending Garcia adrift, he flourishes under that spotlight. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

NEKTAR – TIME MACHINE (PROG/ROCK): Nektar releases its first album of all new material in five years, just ahead of a 12-date U.S. tour set for later in the month. Original members Roye Albrighton (guitar/vocals) and Ron Howden (drums) are featured in a project produced by Billy Sherwood. Albrighton fired up Nektar again back in 2000, after suffering life-threatening liver problems. Since, they’ve been joined by keyboardist Klaus Hentasch and bassist Lux Vibratus. Time Machine is Nektar’s 13th studio release is due next week. Their last album of original songs was 2008′s Book of Days. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Nicholas Tremulis OrchestraFor the Baby Doll (R&B)
Patty DukeDon’t Just Stand There; Patty; Sings Songs from Valley of the Dolls; Sings Folk Songs (Vocals)
Paul Butterfield Blues BandEast West; Live (Blues)
Pere UbuLive At The Longhorn April 1, 1978 (Pop/Rock)
PhishVentura (Pop/Rock)
Robin McKelle and the FlytonesSoul Flower (R&B)
Sublime3 Ring Circus: Live At The Palace (Rock/Metal)
Stan KentonArtistry in Bossa Nova (Jazz)

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THE BEACH BOYS – GOOD VIBRATIONS TOUR (POP/ROCK): This remastering of a 1976 performance at Anaheim Stadium makes clear just how important the late Carl and Dennis Wilson were. Together here once more, in what then was considered a long-hoped-for reunion show, the sense of loss is staggering. As Carl adds this gleaming incorruptibility to “God Only Knows,” as Dennis offers a blissfully un-self conscious romanticism on “You Are So Beautiful,” the Good Vibrations Tour film becomes something more — something their recent reformation unfortunately couldn’t match. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

The SupremesCream of the Crop; I Hear A Symphony; Join The Temptations; Love Child; Sing Holland Dozier Holland; Supremes A Go Go (Pop/R&B)

TOMMY MALONE – NATURAL BORN DAYS (POP/ROCK): This is the sound not of someone who just made only his second album; it’s the music over someone whose been at this for some forty plus years as Malone has — including a stint since 1987 with the now-dormant Subdudes. He is a true triple threat, as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, with a slide as penetrating and ardent as anyone from Louisiana not named Sonny Landreth. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Tracii Guns’ League of GentlemenThe First Record (Rock/Metal)
Various artistsExperience Montreux [Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Global Gumbo All-Stars, tribute to Claude Nobs] (Jazz)
Various artistsWoody Guthrie at 100 [Old Crow Medicine Show; Donovan; Lucinda Williams; Tom Morello; Ani DiFranco; Ry Cooder; Jackson Browne; John Mellencamp, others] (Folk)
Wadada Leo Smith and TUMOOccupy The World (Jazz)

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