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Avishai Cohen’s Triveni – Dark Nights (2014)

Avishai Cohen’s Triveni – Dark Nights (2014)

Far from losing its freshness, this power jazz trio led by its virtuosic trumpet player Avishai Cohen has delivered its best set of recordings yet.

WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Series (2014): Television

WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Series (2014): Television

‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ finally returns with much – if, alas, not all – of its original music in tact.

Northern Sugar, American Suitcase + others – International Pop Overthrow, Volume 17 (2014)

Northern Sugar, American Suitcase + others – International Pop Overthrow, Volume 17 (2014)

‘International Pop Overthrow, Volume 17′ is buttered to the brim with strong hooks, cracking melodies, divine harmonies and tireless energy.

Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, by Sebastian Robertson (2014): Books

Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, by Sebastian Robertson (2014): Books

Robbie Robertson’s son set out to reshape his father’s life as a children’s tale. He ended up with something that will resonate with everyone.

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

Lucinda Williams’ ‘Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone’ is an expection to the rule of double albums being full of filler. This one is all killer.

Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser: 10 Essential Performances

Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser: 10 Essential Performances

Remembering Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser, who helped open the door to jazz for me.

Tomas Doncker + Yusef Komunyakaa – Big Apple Blues (2014)

Tomas Doncker + Yusef Komunyakaa – Big Apple Blues (2014)

A larger-than-life recording from Tomas Doncker and the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.

Burnt Belief (Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin + Jon Durant) – Etymology (2014)

Burnt Belief (Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin + Jon Durant) – Etymology (2014)

‘Etymology’ by Burnt Belief, featuring Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin and Jon Durant, is as good as you can get with downtempo music.

“Wet Side Story” (unreleased, 1996?): Steely Dan Sunday

“Wet Side Story” (unreleased, 1996?): Steely Dan Sunday

Maybe “Wet Side Story,” played during the 1996 tour, should go on Steely Dan’s next album, too.

Cat Stevens, “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone” (2014): One Track Mind

Cat Stevens, “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone” (2014): One Track Mind

Cat Stevens covers Leadbelly’s dark tale of escape, pointing the way to what could have been a very different career path.