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One Track Mind, J.D. Souther, “I’ll Be Here At Closing Time” (2008)

One Track Mind, J.D. Souther, “I’ll Be Here At Closing Time” (2008)

Souther is one of the best in the business at telling stories, period. This story of love and longing for his waitress lover is evocative and beautiful.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Toto and Michael McDonald, August 29, 2014

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Toto and Michael McDonald, August 29, 2014

Toto just seems to get better with age – and Michael McDonald held his own.

Vinnie Sperrazza – Apocryphal (2014)

Vinnie Sperrazza – Apocryphal (2014)

Yes, ‘Apocryphal’ is ethereal, an adjective that might be overused a tad, but it’s all about the way Vinnie Sperrazza and his three accomplices give the music that quality. It puts Sperrazza’s formal debut in a far corner of jazz that’s rarely occupied with so much moxie.

Gimme Five: Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey songs, including ‘Sandy,’ ‘Rosalita,’ others

Gimme Five: Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey songs, including ‘Sandy,’ ‘Rosalita,’ others

“Rosalita” was the song that just had to be played before all important events.

Steely Dan Sunday: The Five Best Steely Dan Deep Cuts

Steely Dan Sunday: The Five Best Steely Dan Deep Cuts

We previosuly picked our most beloved Steely Dan singles, now we choose the finest five of their deep cuts.

Odd Couples: Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” vs. Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road”

Odd Couples: Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” vs. Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road”

Call this one the American Dream … and the American Detour.

Myriad3 – The Where (2014)

Myriad3 – The Where (2014)

‘The Where’ is a solid step up from a level that was already high. No one should think jazz is stuck on neutral after listening to this trio, and one senses that they are just getting started.

Deep Beatles: “You Can’t Do That” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Deep Beatles: “You Can’t Do That” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

It should’ve been in the film; it should’ve been a lead single. What happened?

Brian Groder Trio – Reflexology (2014)

Brian Groder Trio – Reflexology (2014)

‘Reflexology’ continues with Groder’s open-ended mastery, with a rhythm section that acts as a natural extension of its leader.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Don’t Do It” from Live at the Academy of Music (2013)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Don’t Do It” from Live at the Academy of Music (2013)

They create something deeper than what came before – something harder to quantify.