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Sebastian Noelle – Shelter (2016)

Sebastian Noelle – Shelter (2016)

Five years seems too long between releases for modern jazz guitarist and composer Sebastian Noelle when the a release like ‘Shelter’ sounds so sweet.

Denny Zeitlin – Early Wayne (2016)

Denny Zeitlin – Early Wayne (2016)

Leave it to another groundbreaking veteran like Denny Zeitlin to give Wayne Shorter’s songs tributes that are actually worthwhile hearing nearly as much as the originals.

Incognito – In Search Of Better Days (2016)

Incognito – In Search Of Better Days (2016)

‘In Search Of Better Days’ never needs to go searching for a feel-good groove, because Bluey and the rest of Incognito are naturals at creating them.

Yes, “The Ancient / Giants Under the Sun” (1973): YESterdays

Yes, “The Ancient / Giants Under the Sun” (1973): YESterdays

Is Yes’ “The Ancient / Giants Under the Sun” an easy listen? No, but it sure is a good one.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ cocksure self-titled album finally brought them fame

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ cocksure self-titled album finally brought them fame

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ second disc, issued in June 2010, found them ready to break out – even if it wasn’t their best work.

Paul Jolly, free jazz musician, club owner and producer: Something Else! Interview

Paul Jolly, free jazz musician, club owner and producer: Something Else! Interview

Paul Jolly, a free jazz musician, producer and advocate, has made good on his own personal mantra: “Wake up every day, and do something positive and with love.”

In celebration of the Evan Parker’s complex, trippy The Moment’s Energy

In celebration of the Evan Parker’s complex, trippy The Moment’s Energy

Released in June 2009, the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble’s ‘The Moment’s Energy’ is made up of a continuum of evolving ideas, rather than actual songs.

Chicago, “Poem for the People” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Poem for the People” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago will be excellent throughout the Terry Kath years, but rarely, if ever better than this deep cut “Poem for the People.” This is the sound of a band that can do anything and do it well.

Wilco (The Album) echoed, but didn’t quite live up to Sky Blue Sky

Wilco (The Album) echoed, but didn’t quite live up to Sky Blue Sky

‘Wilco (The Album)’ arrived in June 2009 at a fork in the road: Would Wilco keep moving forward or stick with a winning formula?

Deerhoof – The Magic (2016)

Deerhoof – The Magic (2016)

Even when reflecting on the 80s of their youth Deerhoof tends to favor making rock music the makeshift way most rock music was made in the 60s, and the method matters for this music.