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Heart – Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2016)

Heart – Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2016)

Heart’s ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ shows a jubilant band obviously thrilled at the prospect of performing in such a storied venue.

Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo and Frank Rosaly – Hearts and Minds (2016)

Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo and Frank Rosaly – Hearts and Minds (2016)

Not always tuneful but unfailingly engaging and playful, ‘Hearts and Minds’ exemplifies the best qualities of adventurous Chicago jazz.

Rush – 2112: 40th Anniversary Edition (2016)

Rush – 2112: 40th Anniversary Edition (2016)

In retrospect, I’m kind of sorry I just couldn’t get into Rush’s ‘2112’ when it first came out.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017: Better Late Than Never For Yes?

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017: Better Late Than Never For Yes?

With today’s announcement, it would seem the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally saw the light by including Yes – but they’re not off the hook yet.

Ed Toth, drummer with the Doobie Brothers: Something Else! Interview

Ed Toth, drummer with the Doobie Brothers: Something Else! Interview

Ed Toth discusses his time in the Doobie Brothers, as well as earlier work as a former member of the platinum-selling Vertical Horizon.

Azymuth – Fênix (2016)

Azymuth – Fênix (2016)

Like the mythical phoenix bird that rises from the ashes, Azymuth has rebounded from a devastating blow. On ‘Fênix’, José Roberto Bertrami’s spirit lives on strong.

Preston Frazier’s Best Reissues and Box Sets of 2016: David Lindley, King Crimson, Kate Bush

Preston Frazier’s Best Reissues and Box Sets of 2016: David Lindley, King Crimson, Kate Bush

Preston Frazier offers his thoughts on the best reissues and box sets from 2016, with two special honorable mentions.

Ivo Perelman, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver – The Art Of The Improv Trio, Volume 4 (2016)

Ivo Perelman, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver – The Art Of The Improv Trio, Volume 4 (2016)

Ivo Perelman liberally mixes and matches his improv trios for his ‘Art of the Improv Trio’ series and maintains his high standards for free jazz all the same.

The Beatles, “Don’t Let Me Down” (B-side of “Get Back,” 1969): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Don’t Let Me Down” (B-side of “Get Back,” 1969): Deep Beatles

The Beatles may have been in their final stages, but “Don’t Let Me Down” exemplifies how they could ultimately work together to create powerful songs.

Bobby Previte – Mass (2016)

Bobby Previte – Mass (2016)

In the battle between the 1400’s and the 2000’s, art in the form of uniquely inspired music wins.