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Steely Dan’s Aja at 40: Still the pinnacle of jazz-pop sophistication

Steely Dan’s Aja at 40: Still the pinnacle of jazz-pop sophistication

Steely Dan’s ‘Aja’ set the bar for finesse in pop and rock music, and that bar hadn’t been cleared yet.

Various Artists – Sky Music, A Tribute To Terje Rypdal (2017)

Various Artists – Sky Music, A Tribute To Terje Rypdal (2017)

feature photo: Roberto Masotti/ECM Records No, Terje Rypdal is still thankfully among us, but with a rich discography stretching back more than fifty years, the Norwegian guitar legend’s 70th birthday is as good occasion as any to

I Thought I Knew Something About the Beatles

I Thought I Knew Something About the Beatles

Tom Wilmeth takes a deep dive into the expanded edition of Mark Lewisohn’s ‘The Beatles – All These Years, Vol. 1: Tune In.’

Ali Handal – That’s What She Said (2017)

Ali Handal – That’s What She Said (2017)

‘That’s What She Said’ is a great way to get to know the multi-talented Ali Handel. And once you get to know her, you’re bound to like her.

Bill Deal and the Rhondels – Vintage Rock (1969): Forgotten Series

Bill Deal and the Rhondels – Vintage Rock (1969): Forgotten Series

Geared for shuffling the feet and shaking the body, ‘Vintage Rock’ portrays what a confident and concise band Bill Deal and the Rhondels were.

Living Colour – Shade (2017)

Living Colour – Shade (2017)

Is ‘Shade’ the best ever Living Colour album? Maybe, but that’s such a tall order.

Adam Larson, saxophonist and band leader: Something Else! Interview

Adam Larson, saxophonist and band leader: Something Else! Interview

Adam Larson discusses his 2017 album ‘Second City,’ its creation – including the decision to cover a song by Nirvana – and his future plans.

Vector Families – For Those About to Jazz/Rock, We Salute You (2017)

Vector Families – For Those About to Jazz/Rock, We Salute You (2017)

While ‘For Those About to Jazz/Rock, We Salute You’ really has nothing to do with AC/DC, Vector Families has that kind of intensity level and spunk. Only with way more improvised gumption.

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Moby, Eddie Vedder + others – Change Begins Within (2017)

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Moby, Eddie Vedder + others – Change Begins Within (2017)

‘Change Begins Within’ shines when these artists appear onstage together, clearly reveling in their collegiality.

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil – Incidentals (2017)

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil – Incidentals (2017)

Though tim Berne’s Snakeoil band lives and thrives dangerously, ‘Incidentals’ never goes off the rails; there’s a constant sense of surprise but coupled with a sense of purpose.

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