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Dan Blacksberg – Radiant Others (2017)

Dan Blacksberg – Radiant Others (2017)

Dan Blacksberg’s ‘Radiant Others’ is a fresh, nontraditional take on traditional melodies that happens to be Jewish in origin. You don’t need to be an ethnomusicologist to enjoy this one.

Yes, “Almost Like Love” from Big Generator (1987) YESterdays

Yes, “Almost Like Love” from Big Generator (1987) YESterdays

When you add together all the disparate parts of “Almost Like Love,” you almost get a good Yes song … but not quite.

The Terry Kath Experience (2017): Movies

The Terry Kath Experience (2017): Movies

‘The Terry Kath Experience’ isn’t a documentary you merely watch; it’s one you experience and you feel.

The Undertones – True Confessions: Singles = A’s + B’s (1999): Forgotten Series

The Undertones – True Confessions: Singles = A’s + B’s (1999): Forgotten Series

The Undertones produced outstanding songs, but they unfortunately never netted enough sales to acquire widespread notice, remaining a cult favorite.

Chicago, “Till We Meet Again” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Till We Meet Again” from Chicago VIII (1975): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago’s “Till We Meet Again” is barely over two minutes long, and kindly labeled “filler.” Well-arranged filler, but filler nevertheless.

Rez Abbasi – Unfiltered Universe (2017)

Rez Abbasi – Unfiltered Universe (2017)

Rez Abbasi and his potent Invocation band have demonstrated with ‘Unfiltered Universe’ that creativity and originality is more than just ideas and knowledge, it’s about vision.

Simon Phillips – Protocol 4 (2017)

Simon Phillips – Protocol 4 (2017)

‘Protocol 4’ is another example of how Simon Phillips never rests on his laurels.

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band – Body And Shadow (2017)

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band – Body And Shadow (2017)

Always putting spirituality above improvisation, Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band connects to listeners in a way uncommon for jazz musicians, and ‘Body And Shadow’ continues a remarkable consistency of mission and quality spanning two decades.

Beck – Colors (2017)

Beck – Colors (2017)

In typical fashion, the follow up to 2014’s somber ‘Morning Phase’ is perhaps Beck’s most upbeat and funky album to date.

Drywater – Backbone of the Nation (2017)

Drywater – Backbone of the Nation (2017)

Sounding like nothing on the airwaves, or even in underground music circles, Drywater was either several years behind or a few years ahead of its time.

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