Vocalists

Donna Deussen + Paul Weitz Trio – On the Street Where You Live (2015)

Donna Deussen + Paul Weitz Trio – On the Street Where You Live (2015)

Donna Deussen’s new collaboration with Paul Weitz feels like it came together over black coffee among friends. In essence, that is the story.

Marianne Solivan – Spark (2014)

Marianne Solivan – Spark (2014)

Offering an alluring mix of original pieces and standards, Marianne Solivan’s ‘Spark,’ is a smoking session of well-rounded material.

Ashley Daneman – Beauty Indestructible (2015)

Ashley Daneman – Beauty Indestructible (2015)

Ashley Daneman’s new album, while certainly couched in the world of jazz, is also irrepressibly personal and boldly imperfect.

Inside the sessions for Bob Dylan’s gutsy new standards album: ‘People broke down crying’

Inside the sessions for Bob Dylan’s gutsy new standards album: ‘People broke down crying’

‘Shadows in the Night’ engineer Al Schmitt is still marveling over the chances taken by Bob Dylan on the forthcoming project.

Allan Harris – Black Bar Jukebox (2015)

Allan Harris – Black Bar Jukebox (2015)

Allan Harris’ triumphal ‘Black Bar Jukebox’ refuses to acknowledge genre boundaries — or stick too closely to expectations.

James Pankow once refused Frank Sinatra’s request to cover Chicago: ‘I still wonder if I did the right thing’

James Pankow once refused Frank Sinatra’s request to cover Chicago: ‘I still wonder if I did the right thing’

Frank Sinatra was interested in remaking one of Chicago’s signature early-1970s hits, but there was one problem.

Annie Lennox, “Summertime” from Nostalgia (2014): One Track Mind

Annie Lennox, “Summertime” from Nostalgia (2014): One Track Mind

This is the kind of richly textured, reminiscent version of “Summertime” required as the first cool fingers of fall close around you.

Diana Krall, “California Dreamin'” from Wallflower (2014): One Track Mind

Diana Krall, “California Dreamin'” from Wallflower (2014): One Track Mind

Diana Krall’s new take on “California Dreamin'” gives the Mamas and the Papas hit a much-needed makeover.

Something Else! sneak peek: Carmen Lundy, “Grace” from Soul to Soul (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Carmen Lundy, “Grace” from Soul to Soul (2014)

She explores this turbulently resonant tale with a South African guest vocalist.

One Track Mind: Andy Bey, “Lover Come Back to Me” (2014)

One Track Mind: Andy Bey, “Lover Come Back to Me” (2014)

Take everything else away, and Andy Bey’s vocal gift is revealed anew.