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New Music Monday: Alvin Lee, Art Garfunkel, Gillan & Iommi, Jeremy Spencer, Robert Cray

Make way for red-hot new stuff from the likes of Ten Years After’s Alvin Lee; Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi; Fleetwood Mac’s Jeremy Spencer; Joey DeFrancesco with Larry Coryell and Jimmy Cobb; and Robert Cray.

Art Pepper – Unreleased Vol. VII: Sankei Hall-Osaka Japan, November 18, 1980 (2012)

In November of 1980, things were going pretty well for Art Pepper. His newly published autobiography co-written with wife Laurie Straight Life had been receiving positive reviews

Steely Dan Sunday, "Walk Between Raindrops" (1982)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “Ruby Baby” is the only cover on The Nightfly but when I first heard the buoyant, innocent love song “Walk Between Raindrops,” I thought it was a soul-jazz take on some pop ditty from the late 50s/early 60s, too.

Stephen Kalinich and Jon Tiven – Symptomology/ Shortcuts to Infinity (2012)

Symptomology and Shortcuts to Infinity sound nothing like the Beach Boys — and that’s saying something, considering lyricist Steve Kalinich’s long history with the band.

Movies: The Beatles – Their Golden Age (2012)

Every day, DVDs surface purporting to contain “rare” Beatles footage and exclusive interviews. The latest entry in the parade, The Beatles: Their Golden Age, claims to be a “superb documentary”

Alvin Lee – Still on the Road to Freedom (2012)

Titled as if its a sequel to Alvin Lee’s all-star 1973 debut album On the Road to Freedom with Mylon LeFevre, this new album from the Ten Years After frontman actually works as a more direct, personal statement.

Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough? (2012)

Lianne La Havas’ debut asks the right question and never lets up on the throttle, as though waylaying a dull-witted admirer in the crook of a studio apartment while he holds a cup of coffee as impotent defence.

Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura Two-fer!: Muku and Forever (2012)

Easily the most talented husband-wife team in avant-garde jazz since Carla and Paul Bley, Natsuki Tamura and Satoko Fujii are also among the few who are extremely productive without sacrificing anything artistically.

Joey DeFrancesco, with Larry Coryell and Jimmy Cobb – Wonderful! Wonderful! (2012)

Everything old is not quite new again on Joey DeFrancesco’s forthcoming Wonderful! Wonderful!, though I found myself disarmed nevertheless by this album’s old-school charms.

Jerome Sabbagh – Plugged In (2012)

For his fifth album, the French tenor saxman Jerome Sabbagh went “electric” and not only amplified the sounds but also succeeded in amplifying his musical message.