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Maya Beiser – Provenance (2010)

It’s amazing to look back at the Golden Age of Spain (9th to 15th century) with modern eyes. In this era, the idea of multiculturalism has become loaded with political import (both good and bad)

Ray Charles – Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles (2011)

Ray Charles – Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles (2011)

The range and scope of Ray Charles’ talent could never be contained within one genre, no matter its lasting joys.

Pat Martino – Undeniable (2011)

Pat Martino, along with George Benson, was the greatest jazz guitarist to spring from those righteous sounding organ trios of the 60s, and like Benson, Martino is still playing at a very, very high level.

Forgotten series: El-P – High Water (2004)

High Water begins in a suspicious manner — not for a jazz album, necessarily, but for a jazz album issued via the Blue Series imprint of Thirsty Ear

The Buckinghams – Time and Charges/Portraits (1967; 2011 reissue)

Born and bred in Chicago, Illinois, the Buckinghams were one of the most successful groups of 1967. The band started the year off on a banner note, as they netted a No. 1 hit single with their first single “Kind of a Drag”

Craig Taborn – Junk Magic (2004)

With Junk Magic, Craig Taborn issued another slab of envelope-pushing jazz — carrying on with the forward-looking theme of the Blue Series.

Yes – In The Present: Live From Lyon (2011)

Yes – In The Present: Live From Lyon (2011)

There was at least one benefit to the departure of Jon Anderson from Yes in 2008.

Superdrag – Last Call for Vitriol (2002)

Details magazine editor Bart Blasengame once claimed that “if you don’t like Superdrag, you don’t like rock n’ roll.” It said that right on the sticker on the cover this album.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Chain Lightning" (1975)

< >> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Though those days were numbered by the time of Katy Lied, Steely Dan liked the occasional break on their records from the ceberal arty jazz-rock of their preference and just jam out with some simpler, blues-based ditty.

Pat Martino – Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery (2006)

Here are a couple of stories. One is amazing and funny. The other is just amazing.