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Tom Tallitsch – Gratitude (2016)

Tom Tallitsch – Gratitude (2016)

With a classic tenor sax tone, top drawer backing band and great tunes and arrangements all present in ‘Gratitude’, it’s just hard to go wrong with this record.

Toto, “Carmen” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Carmen” from Isolation (1984): Toto Tuesdays

Toto should have been on top of the world after the blockbuster ‘Toto IV.’ Instead, their follow up ‘Isolation’ found the band in a state of flux.

Merzbow / Haino / Pandi – An Untroublesome Defencelessness (2016)

Merzbow / Haino / Pandi – An Untroublesome Defencelessness (2016)

‘An Untroublesome Defencelessness’ features the collective wisdom of Merzbow, Keiji Haino and Balazs Pandi – three visionary musicians who have made careers out of embracing uncharted territory.

Royal Southern Brotherhood – The Royal Gospel (2016)

Royal Southern Brotherhood – The Royal Gospel (2016)

‘The Royal Gospel’ by Cyril Neville’s Royal Southern Brotherhood should be eliciting a lot of hosannas in response.

Greg Gonzales of Grupo Fantasma on Money Chicha’s debut album, plans for Brownout

Greg Gonzales of Grupo Fantasma on Money Chicha’s debut album, plans for Brownout

Preston Frazier previews Money Chica, the next great thing from Greg Gonzales, as well as what’s ahead for Grupo Fantasma and Brownout.

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2016: Steve Porcaro, Ben Craven, Cyndi Lauper + others

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2016: Steve Porcaro, Ben Craven, Cyndi Lauper + others

As we reach the half-way mark, Preston Frazier offers an endlessly varied Mid-Year Best of 2016 list that spans genres and generations.

Levin Minnemann Rudess – From The Law Offices Of Levin Minnemann Rudess (2016)

Levin Minnemann Rudess – From The Law Offices Of Levin Minnemann Rudess (2016)

It’s an open and shut case of instrumental wizardry and fun-filled indulgence…’From The Law Offices Of Levin Minnemann Rudess.’

Chicago, “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon” from Chicago II (1970): Saturdays in the Park

As good as some of Chicago’s other ambitious musical endeavors may have been, it could be argued that none matched “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon.”

Durand Jones, soul singer: Something Else! Interview

Durand Jones, soul singer: Something Else! Interview

Durand Jones joins Preston Frazier for a Something Else! Sitdown to discuss his soulful new album, and how his roots inform this unique throwback sound.

Rich Halley 5 – The Outlier (2016)

Rich Halley 5 – The Outlier (2016)

With a clear head and a strong sense of purpose — and the like-minded Vinny Golia on board — Rich Halley keeps on producing abundantly creative modern jazz firmly grounded in all the great traditions of the music form.