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Mavis Staples, “Your Good Fortune” (2015): One Track Mind

Mavis Staples, “Your Good Fortune” (2015): One Track Mind

Always open to new sounds, Mavis Staples is now working with Son Little, after earlier collaborations with Jeff Tweedy and the North Mississippi All-Stars.

The Band, “Let the Night Fall” from Islands (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Let the Night Fall” from Islands (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band appeared to be turning toward a kind of modernity that might clear the way for new explorations. But night was, indeed, falling.

Jose James – Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (2015)

Jose James – Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (2015)

Jose James’ new collection of classic Billie Holiday covers makes for a stellar, if somber, album. Yesterday I had the blues, indeed.

Uriah Heep – Outsider (2014); Live at Koko (2015)

Uriah Heep – Outsider (2014); Live at Koko (2015)

Why did Uriah Heep fall off the radar? These travelers in time continue to grow in a career now well into four decades and counting.

Petros Klampanis, “Luiza” from Minor Dispute (2015): Something Else! video premiere

The talented bassist Petros Klampanis utilizes both classical and jazz backgrounds to add even more finesse to Antonio Carlos Jobim’s beautiful ballad.

Toto, “Manuela Run” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Manuela Run” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

“Manuela Run” contains all the strengths discussed so far in our new Toto Tuesdays series, adding in lead vocals by David Paich for the first time.

Brian Wilson + Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine, “Sail Away” from No Pier Pressure (2015)

Brian Wilson + Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine, “Sail Away” from No Pier Pressure (2015)

This is as close as we’re apparently going to get to what should have happened in 2013, after the Beach Boys’ reunion tour with Brian Wilson.

King Crimson’s Larks’ Tongues in Aspic came alive again with masterful remaster

King Crimson’s Larks’ Tongues in Aspic came alive again with masterful remaster

We return for a glorious run through the 40th anniversary reissue of King Crimson’s ‘Larks’ Tongues in Aspic,’ originally released on March 23, 1973.

Bread – Guitar Man (1972): On Second Thought

Bread – Guitar Man (1972): On Second Thought

Although Bread’s best-known hits were all in the soft-rock genre, you’ll find that albums like ‘Guitar Man’ were actually a lot more mercurial.

Dave Douglas and High Risk + Shigeto, “Molten Sunset” (2015): One Track Mind

Dave Douglas and High Risk + Shigeto, “Molten Sunset” (2015): One Track Mind

A new collaboration with DJ Shigeto represents the lastest musical twist in an intriguing journey filled with them for trumpeter Dave Douglas.