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The Word [Robert Randolph, John Medeski + North Mississippi All-Stars], “When I See the Blood” from Soul Food (2015)

The Word [Robert Randolph, John Medeski + North Mississippi All-Stars], “When I See the Blood” from Soul Food (2015)

Robert Randolph helps set a new standard for improv gospel-jazz country blues supergroups. Because, yeah, they’re the only one.

Toto, “Girl Goodbye” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Girl Goodbye” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Don’t let the seemingly simple time signature fool you. There is plenty of Toto goodness in “Girl Goodbye.”

Gavin Harrison – Cheating the Polygraph (2015)

Gavin Harrison – Cheating the Polygraph (2015)

Gavin Harrison’s ‘Cheating the Polygraph’ references Porcupine Tree and big band, but quickly moves well beyond those well-worn tropes.

David Bowie’s Let’s Dance illustrated the durability of Chic’s hitmaking sound

David Bowie’s Let’s Dance illustrated the durability of Chic’s hitmaking sound

Credit David Bowie for understanding how to cast his latest iteration. But also Chic for having the goods to make that nascent vision a reality.

Albatre, Cactus Truck + Dead Neanderthals – The New Wave of Dutch Heavy Jazz (2015)

Albatre, Cactus Truck + Dead Neanderthals – The New Wave of Dutch Heavy Jazz (2015)

If this terrific collaboration between Dutch jazz heavies is ‘The New Wave of Dutch Heavy Jazz,’ then let the waves roll over us.

The Moody Blues’ John Lodge, “10,000 Light Years Ago” (2015): One Track Mind

The Moody Blues’ John Lodge, “10,000 Light Years Ago” (2015): One Track Mind

John Lodge displays a welcome willingness to build a bridge to the future from a well-known foundation of the Moody Blues’ past.

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.

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.

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.

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.