Ryan Truesdell and the Gil Evans Project – Centennial (2012)

Even the most noble of tribute efforts can be sunk by a maudlin sense of care, the feeling that the great works being presented are sacrosanct — rather than living, malleable pieces of art. This album deftly avoids those mistakes.

The Friday Morning Listen: Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA (1984)

Maybe it’s just me but I’m getting sort of tired of the steady stream of articles and books that attempt to apply scientific analysis to our perception of music.

Can – The Lost Tapes (2012)

The concept sounds like a bit of a nightmare: an in-depth excursion into the discarded mastertapes of a band known for lengthy, sometimes mind-boggling sound journeys.

S. Victor Aaron’s Half-Year List of Top Albums for 2012, Part 3 of 4: Whack Jazz

If you happened to peruse the Half-Year List of Top Albums for 2012 for Modern and Mainstream Jazz before this list and you’ve been keeping up with the latest jazz releases, you might have wondered, “Where’s that new Matthew Shipp?”

Something Else! Interview: Trevor Rabin, formerly of Yes

It’s not like Trevor Rabin has disappeared since leaving Yes, not with dozens of movie scores to his name in the intervening years. Still, Rabin hadn’t released a solo project under his own name since 1989

Desert Island Discs: 1970s Classic Rock Edition

You know the proposition: Marooned with only a handful of musical choices, which would you make?

S. Victor Aaron’s Half-Year List of Top Albums for 2012, Part 2 of 4: Modern/ Mainstream Jazz

Here we are only halfway done with 2012 and it’s already been a bangin’ year for modern and mainstream jazz, whether you prefer a celebration of the tradition or an expansion of the frontiers.

Something Else! sneak peek: John Wetton, Tony Levin, Jerry Goodman and Billy Sherwood, "The Laws Of Nature" (2012)

Deep Beatles: “Eight Days A Week” from Beatles For Sale (1964)

The year was 1985; the scene, Mr. Tantillo’s eighth-grade chorus class. On Fridays, students were allowed to bring in their own music so we could “experience” diverse tastes.

Something Else! sneak peek: Blackberry Smoke, “Six Ways to Sunday” (2012)

Pushing play on Blackberry Smoke’s “Six Ways to Sunday” is like cracking open a time capsule buried about 35 years or so ago in the neighborhood of Jacksonville , Fla.