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The Waterboys, “Beautiful Now” from Modern Blues (2015): One Track Mind

The Waterboys, “Beautiful Now” from Modern Blues (2015): One Track Mind

The Waterboys have gone through a variety of permutations — both in lineup and in sound — but seem to emerge more interesting each time.

Butcher Brown, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (2014): One Track Mind

Butcher Brown, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (2014): One Track Mind

If Butcher Brown can make “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” so delectably fonky, they can groove up just about any old tune.

Tinsley Ellis, “Pawnbroker [Live]” from Best of Tinsley Ellis (2014): One Track Mind

Tinsley Ellis, “Pawnbroker [Live]” from Best of Tinsley Ellis (2014): One Track Mind

Returning to an expanded live take on ‘Pawnbroker,” it’s as if Tinsley Ellis is coming into his own, right there on stage.

Jimmy Rushing, “Good Morning Blues” (1937): One Track Mind

Jimmy Rushing, “Good Morning Blues” (1937): One Track Mind

Sometimes, you’ve simply got to talk back to the blues. That’s what happened to Jimmy Rushing, appearing here with the Count Basie Orchestra.

Phil Ochs (1940-1976): An Appreciation

Phil Ochs (1940-1976): An Appreciation

For a while, Phil Ochs’ vision of America fuelled the shared dreams of the 1960s. He would have turned 74 today.

Wayne Krantz, “U Can’t Touch This” from Good Piranha, Bad Piranha (2014): One Track Mind

Wayne Krantz, “U Can’t Touch This” from Good Piranha, Bad Piranha (2014): One Track Mind

Here is a review of Wayne Krantz’s cool fusion jazz rendition of MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”

Ramsey Lewis, “Here Comes Santa Claus” (1961): One Track Mind

Ramsey Lewis, “Here Comes Santa Claus” (1961): One Track Mind

Ramsey Lewis, it seems, can make anything listenable, even transcendent.

Manu Katché,  “Pieces of Emotion” from Live In Concert (2015): One Track Mind

Manu Katché, “Pieces of Emotion” from Live In Concert (2015): One Track Mind

Studio or live, ECM or ACT record label, it’s that same, damned good Manu Katché music.

Joe Bonamassa, “Lonesome Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Joe Bonamassa, “Lonesome Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Tired of the same ol’ Christmas songs played the same way? Blues guitarist extraordinaire Joe Bonamassa’s got a Yuletide treat for you.

Joaquin Sabina, “Y Sin Embargo” from Yo, Mi, Me, Contigo (1996): One Track Mind

Joaquin Sabina, “Y Sin Embargo” from Yo, Mi, Me, Contigo (1996): One Track Mind

This is the perfect introduction to Joaquin Sabina’s music: a subversive love ballad that’s at once tender and cruelly unforgiving.