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Pete Robbins Transatlantic Quartet – Live In Basel (2012)

Both Pete Robbins’ band and music represents reaching across from one space to another. The aptly named Transatlantic Quartet consists of musicians on either side of the “pond,” starting with the Massachusetts saxophonist Robbins

Gimme Five: Ringo Starr singing songs by the other Beatles

As with the decades-old hit solo album for which it’s named, Ringo Starr’s forthcoming Ringo 2012 includes an array of name guest stars. Unfortunately, unlike 1973′s Ringo, none of those friendly assists come from his fellow ex-Beatles.

The O'Jays, Billy Paul, MFSB – Golden Gate Groove: Live in San Francisco 1973 (2012)

The so-called Sound of Philadelphia, as constructed by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell in the 1970s, wasn’t just attitude, in the style of today. Wasn’t just talk, but also a new walk. A shared attitude. A sound.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Haitian Divorce" (1976)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** You could call “Haitian Divorce” a love song, but as Steely Dan love songs go, it’s not about the bliss so much as it’s about the ugly side of romance.

Joe Louis Walker – Hellfire (2012)

Listen to Joe Louis Walker, and you’ll hear the grimy city blues of Buddy Guy, the Rolling Stones’ junkie groove, the soaring echoes of Al Green’s church music, and Sly Stones’ urban soul. That’s the magic and the power of his work

One Track Mind: Wayne Shorter, "Tom Thumb" (1967)

During the 1964-68 period while he served as the “idea man” in Miles Davis’ Second Quintet, Wayne Shorter reeled off album after album under his own name that were extremely creative and sometimes breathtaking.

Guilty pleasures: Barenaked Ladies – Everything To Everyone (2003)

There are a couple of kinda odd (and completely unrelated) reasons why I’m reviewing this CD. One is that, after several listens, I’ve found some music here that I really like. The kind that makes me drive too fast.

Mort Weiss: On the state of jazz, Coltrane clones, and the noose of technology

Some thoughts and comments — bound to piss some people off and others smile. Do I feel that I am an expert on what I’m about to say? The answer is a resounding yes! Onward.

Marmalade – Fine Cuts: The Best Of (2011)

A two-disc set, Fine Cuts: The Best Of is the place to start if you’re not already hip to this great Scottish band. The first record centers on Marmalade’s 60s nuggets, while the second disc features highlights from the 1970s.

Forgotten series: Frank Sinatra – Trilogy: The Past (1980)

Trilogy, presented as an “event” in 1980 when Frank Sinatra sessions began slowing to a crawl, finds him attempting to frame the past, present and future on a trio of discs. It’s an ultimately flawed release — but not without its saving graces.