Vocalists

Cassandra Wilson, “Strange Fruit” (2015): One Track Mind

Cassandra Wilson, “Strange Fruit” (2015): One Track Mind

This brave song, written about the horror of racism long before the Civil Rights movement, is given a different complexity by Cassandra Wilson.

Eliane Elias, “Brasil” from Made in Brazil (2015): One Track Mind

Eliane Elias, “Brasil” from Made in Brazil (2015): One Track Mind

Eliane Elias is routinely connected with her Brazilian roots but, the truth is, “Brasil” begins her first full-length recording from back home since 1981.

Bob Dylan – Shadows in the Night (2015)

Bob Dylan – Shadows in the Night (2015)

Bob Dylan’s gently involving set of covers shouldn’t work, because the principal thing that’s always made him so galvanizing has been his fury.

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.