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Brian Groder Trio – R Train on the D Line (2016)

Brian Groder Trio – R Train on the D Line (2016)

Brian Groder has another go at it with his supercharged trio on ‘R Train on the D Line,’ creating the logical sequel to 2014’s ‘Reflexology.’

Sorting Through Deep Purple’s Musical Family Tree: Shadows in Stereo

Sorting Through Deep Purple’s Musical Family Tree: Shadows in Stereo

Deep Purple’s hall of fame impact on rock music extends to a number of related bands, from Rainbow and Trapeze to Quatermass and Whitesnake.

Yes, “Siberian Khatru” from Close to the Edge (1972): YESterdays

Yes, “Siberian Khatru” from Close to the Edge (1972): YESterdays

Like its album mates on ‘Close to the Edge,’ Yes’ “Siberian Khatru” can hardly be called your typical rock fare.

Kikanju Baku, Michael Gregory Jackson, Joseph Daley – Endogeny & Exogamy (2016)

Kikanju Baku, Michael Gregory Jackson, Joseph Daley – Endogeny & Exogamy (2016)

Maybe it’s time for people other than Roscoe Mitchell to pay more attention to this wildly creative drummer by the name of Kikanju Baku.

Chicago, “South California Purples” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturday in the Park

Chicago, “South California Purples” from Chicago Transit Authority (1969): Saturday in the Park

In the ’70s, Chicago came very close to their original goal of becoming the ‘American Beatles.’ It all starts here.

Metal Church – XI (2016)

Metal Church – XI (2016)

Metal Church’s ‘XI’ marks the return of singer Mike Howe, who first appeared on 1989’s Blessing in Disguise – a personal favorite.

Jack Hues and The Quartet – A Thesis on the Ballad EP (2016)

Jack Hues and The Quartet – A Thesis on the Ballad EP (2016)

The back-to-the-basics approach of ‘A Thesis on the Ballad’ makes its case with the oft-forgotten art of homespun charm and the power of poetry.

Toto, “Afraid of Love” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Afraid of Love” from Toto IV (1982): Toto Tuesdays

“Afraid of Love” isn’t just one of the best deep cuts found on Toto IV; it’s one of Toto’s catchiest, most accessible album tracks ever.

Burning Ghosts – Burning Ghosts (2016)

Burning Ghosts – Burning Ghosts (2016)

The ‘Rage Against The Machine’ of jazz? The guys in Burning Ghosts probably wouldn’t shy away from that comparison.

The Beach Boys – Sunflower (1970): Shadows in Stereo

The Beach Boys – Sunflower (1970): Shadows in Stereo

‘Sunflower’ was the Beach Boys being a band for one last moment in their eternal endless summer.