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Sonny Landreth, “Bound by the Blues” (2015): One Track Mind

Sonny Landreth, “Bound by the Blues” (2015): One Track Mind

Sonny Landreth reminds us just how important the blues is, as both foundation and (maybe most importantly) as launching pad.

Fleetwood Mac’s overlong Say You Will sorely missed Christine McVie

Fleetwood Mac’s overlong Say You Will sorely missed Christine McVie

Christine McVie’s absence from ‘Say You Will,’ released this week in 2003, left Fleetwood Mac critically unbalanced. They could have used an editor, too.

Indigo Girls, “Happy in the Sorrow Key” from One Lost Day (2015): One Track Mind

Indigo Girls, “Happy in the Sorrow Key” from One Lost Day (2015): One Track Mind

Crunchy where they might have been folky before, the Indigo Girls’ punchy “Happy in the Sorrow Key” simply pulls no punches.

Gary Burton in Nashville: 1960’s Tennessee Firebird was a fusion album like no other

Gary Burton in Nashville: 1960’s Tennessee Firebird was a fusion album like no other

Gary Burton’s country-jazz experiment ‘Tennessee Firebird’ broke every rule. He joins Tom Wilmeth to discuss a gutsy decision to record in Nashville.

The Beatles, “What You’re Doing” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “What You’re Doing” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

Paul McCartney’s underrated “What You’re Doing” foreshadows how the Beatles would test the limits of rock later in the 1960s.

Graham Parker and the Rumour, “Railroad Spikes” from Mystery Glue (2015)

Graham Parker and the Rumour, “Railroad Spikes” from Mystery Glue (2015)

Graham Parker and the Rumour returned after three decades as if nothing had changed. Everything had changed, of course. Well, except for these guys.

Bluey, “Saints and Sinners” from Life Between The Notes (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Bluey, “Saints and Sinners” from Life Between The Notes (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Bluey’s new tune “Saints and Sinners” doesn’t get the point across from the lyrics alone: the music delivers, too.

Rick Danko + Levon Helm, “Once Upon a Time” from Rick Danko (1977): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko + Levon Helm, “Once Upon a Time” from Rick Danko (1977): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko was the first to start a solo career, but this involving duet with his former Band mate Levon Helm shows a sense of community remained.

Jeff Oster, featuring Nile Rodgers, Chuck Rainey + Bernard Purdie – next (2015)

Jeff Oster, featuring Nile Rodgers, Chuck Rainey + Bernard Purdie – next (2015)

Here is a review of trumpeter Jeff Oster’s new groove-laden new age release ‘next’, featuring Nile Rodgers, Chuck Rainey and Bernard Purdie.

Yes, “Harold Land” from Yes (1969): YESterdays

Yes, “Harold Land” from Yes (1969): YESterdays

A promising-but-still-transitional composition from Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford and Chris Squire, “Harold Land” points to bigger things from Yes.