New Music Monday: John Frusciante, Roger Daltrey + Wilko Johnson, Paul Butterfield

John Frusciante continues his deeply intriguing, deeply idiosyncratic solo career, underscoring just why he had to leave what was once thought to be a career-defining partnership with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Elsewhere, Roger Daltrey is reborn within the gritty context of a Wilko Johnson collaboration, finding third-act power in the very old ways.

Asia Featuring John Payne is taking on a series of classics from across the spectrum of British progressive rock, while Brent Johnson and the Sleepwalkers breathe new life into the familiar genres of blues and power pop, respectively.

Saxophonist Oran Etkin approaches jazz with a childlike wonder that is utterly contagious, too.

We also dig into key reissues from Elton John, Paul Butterfield, Peter Gabriel, and 10cc vets Godley and Creme …

Ann-MargretAnd Here She Is Again: 1961-1962 (Pop/Rock)
Art Blakey and the Jazz MessengersComplete Studio Recordings (Jazz)

ASIA FEATURING JOHN PAYNE – RECOLLECTIONS (PROG/ROCK): Payne, who is joined here by regular Asia FJP members including Jay Schellen and Erik Norlander, tells us this is “a British prog CD, with some twists on it.” Included are new interpretations of songs by King Crimson (“Court”), Yes (“It Can Happen”), Genesis (“Land of Confusion”), ELP (“Lucky Man”) and the Moody Blues (“I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”), as well as tracks by the Alan Parsons Project, Jethro Tull, UK and others. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

AviciiTrue: Avicii By Avicii (Pop/Rock)
Benny GoodmanBenny in Brussels (Jazz)
Bill Evans and Jim HallUndercurrent (Jazz)
Black Label SocietyCatacombs Of The Black Vatican (Metal/Rock)

BRENT JOHNSON – SET THE WORLD ON FIRE (JAZZ): This isn’t just an album title, it’s a boast, and Brent Johnson and the Call Up back it up. If you like blues heavies like Albert King, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Sonny Landreth (the latter two of whom appear on Set the World on Fire) then Johnson is bound to become one of your favorites, too. Best of all, he’s just getting started. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Carlene CarterCarter Girl (Country)
Chet BakerChet Baker Sings Sessions (Vocals)
Count Basie and Tony BennettComplete Recordings (Jazz)

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Dick Hyman and his OrchestraProvocative Piano I & II (Jazz)
Eddie AllenPush (Jazz)
Ellis MarsalisOn the Second Occasion (Jazz)

ELTON JOHN – GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD [40TH ANNIVERSARY: 2LP] (POP/ROCK): Longtime John listeners will enjoy revisiting his masterpiece, while casual or newer fans will gain new insight into his gift for performing music that contains deep emotional resonance as Taupin’s lyrics cleverly compare love to movies and even the filming process. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road may not offer a technicolor ending, but the journey is frequently breathtaking. (More here.) — Kit O’Toole

Eric ClaptonBehind The Sun [SACD] (Blues/Rock)
Ella FitzgeraldLet No Man Write My Epitaph [SACD] (Jazz)
Emmylou HarrisWrecking Ball [2CD/1DVD] (Pop/Rock)
From HellAscent from Hell (Metal/Rock)

GODLEY AND CREME – CRY: THE VERY BEST (POP/ROCK): Despite having helped shape 10cc’s huge 1975 hit “I’m Not in Love,” it wasn’t long before this duo’s thrilling sense of experimentation almost necessitated a split, Godley tells us. “Godley and Creme were The Counterintuitive Brothers. We thrived on experiment and accident so, from our perspective, it was more about signs that 10cc were beginning to become formulaic. Godley and Creme needed the element of surprise to function well.” By 1977, they’d released a well-received debut in Consequences, and — as Godley notes — “diverging taste buds widened the gap.” Godley and Creme later found even wider fame as video directors, notably of their title hit here. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

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HellionTo Hellion & Back: Anthology 1983-2014 (Pop/Rock)
Joan OsborneLove and Hate (Pop/Rock)
Joe TurnerThe Real Boss of the Blues (Blues)

JOHN FRUSCIANTE – ENCLOSURE (POP/ROCK): If the lead track “Scratch” is any indication, and the guitarist is already saying it is, John Frusciante’s forthcoming studio project will represent a furiously inventive encapsulation of everything he’s has done so far — both with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and as a fantastically unpredictable solo artist. In the end, Frusciante has created a brilliantly layered outburst, something approaching collage. “Scratch” is the sound of someone who’s torn all of the rules shreds, and then decided to create using the remains. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Kendra Shank and John StowellNew York Conversations (Jazz)
Kronos QuartetA Thousand Thoughts; Explorer Series (Classical)
Laurie BerknerLaurie Berkner Lullabies (Pop/Rock)
Linda RonstadtDuets (Pop/Rock)
Martina McBrideEverlasting (Country)
Monty AlexanderHarlem-Kingston Express 2: River Rolls (Jazz)
Nat King ColeComplete After Midnight Sessions (Jazz)
Nina SimoneAt the Village Gate (Jazz)

ORAN ETKIN – GATHERING LIGHT (JAZZ): Oran Etkin brings a childlike wonder to the clarinet, which is not just a passing comment in his case; the clarinetist and saxophonist has a school that teaches smalls kids up to age ten about music in an open and effective way through his Timbalooloo method. But his jazz CD masquerading as children’s music called Wake Up Clarinet showed us that music doesn’t have to be elementary to connect with kids and don’t have to be so serious to connect with adults. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

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Otis SpannSweet Giant Of The Blues (Blues)

PAUL BUTTERFIELD – EAST WEST [SACD] (BLUES/ROCK): Remember how most rock and blues bands in the late sixties and early seventies played lengthy jams? The revolutionary title track to 1966′s East-West helped start all that. A white boy who grew up in Chicago’s South Side, Butterfield soaked in everything that the Chess masters were puttin’ down and then lured away Muddy Waters’ rhythm section, adding Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop. This also represents one of only two Butterfield projects with Bloomfield on guitar — along with 1965′s The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

PanteraFar Beyond Driven: 20th Anniversary Edition (Metal/Rock)

PETER GABRIEL – HIT (PROG/ROCK): An artist with a career as varied and long as Gabriel’s presents a typical problem for best-of releases. No matter how great the material, the mixture of eras, sound quality, and musicians leads to a weakened presentation. Such is unfortunately the case with Hit, which was jam-packed with classic after classic, two soundtrack-only songs, a live track, and even a great new song as well. There was even a couple of new mixes to freshen things up. But in the end, the usual “grab songs out of a hat” approach to the tracklisting just doesn’t work. (More here.) — Tom Johnson

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Phoebe SnowPhoebe Snow [SACD] (Pop/Rock)
Pink MartiniGet Happy (Jazz/Pop)
Procol HarumBest of (Pop/Rock)
T-Bone WalkerEvery Day I Have The Blues (Blues)

THE SLEEPWALKERS – LOST MY MIND IN STEREO (POP/ROCK): A classic bass, guitars and drums lineup that plays mostly catchy and melodic rockers built out of straight-forward verses and sing-along choruses. Throw in a couple of slower ballads and some occasional orchestrations and there it is: a modern day power pop album that could have been released anytime in the last 20 or so years. (More here.) — JC Mosquito

WILKO JOHNSON AND ROGER DALTREY – GOING BACK HOME (BLUES/ROCK): Johnson’s “I Keep It To Myself,” which arrived in advance of their collaborative Going Back Home, couldn’t more perfectly fit Daltrey’s voice — weathered, as it is these days, following decades of arena-rock yowling. Rather than reaching into the toppermost of his age-corrected range, however, Daltrey sits in a gruff comfort zone. Along the way, he happily inhabits the grizzled crag this lyric demands, and sharply reasserts his own legend apart from Pete Townshend. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

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