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Chris Stamey, “Make Up Your Mind” from Euphoria (2015): One Track Mind

Chris Stamey, “Make Up Your Mind” from Euphoria (2015): One Track Mind

There’s much to pull out of Chris Stamey’s “Make Up Your Mind,” which only seems to grower richer as an experience with each successive spin.

Journey’s Neal Schon, “El Matador” from Vortex (2015): One Track Mind

Journey’s Neal Schon, “El Matador” from Vortex (2015): One Track Mind

Neal Schon’s “El Matador” underscores a musical symbiosis with Steve Smith that lingers from their time together in Journey.

Richard Thompson, “Beatnik Walking” from Still (2015): One Track Mind

Richard Thompson, “Beatnik Walking” from Still (2015): One Track Mind

Richard Thompson is a traveler, always has been, and “Beatnik Walking” — both in its lyric, and in its creation story — speaks to that.

Paul McCartney, “Take It Away” from Tug of War (1982): One Track Mind

Paul McCartney, “Take It Away” from Tug of War (1982): One Track Mind

Released as part of ‘Tug of War’ in April 1982, “Take It Away” is McCartney’s last best pop hit – but there was a darker undercurrent at work.

JD Allen, “A Throng of Millions Can Be One” from Bloom (2015): One Track Mind

JD Allen, “A Throng of Millions Can Be One” from Bloom (2015): One Track Mind

JD Allen’s “A Throng of Millions Can Be One,” just one of many standout moments on ‘Bloom,’ feels like the birth of a new jazz hymn.

Steve Hackett, Rob Reed, Nick Beggs + others, “Spectral Mornings” (2015): One Track Mind

Steve Hackett, Rob Reed, Nick Beggs + others, “Spectral Mornings” (2015): One Track Mind

A benefit remake of one of Steve Hackett’s most memorable instrumentals gives us a rare musical – as well as altruistic – reason to listen.

Graham Parker and the Rumor, “I’ve Done Bad Things” from Mystery Glue (2015)

Graham Parker and the Rumor, “I’ve Done Bad Things” from Mystery Glue (2015)

Graham Parker and the Rumour are all R&B-kissed coolness and trenchant aloofness here. In other words, they’re just what you want them to be.

Frank Sinatra, “Only the Lonely” from Ultimate Sinatra (2015): One Track Mind

Frank Sinatra, “Only the Lonely” from Ultimate Sinatra (2015): One Track Mind

Listen as Frank Sinatra sustains the words until you hear the cracks in his voice and, you become certain, his heart.

Otis Taylor, “Cold at Midnight” from Hey Joe Opus / Red Meat (2015): One Track Mind

Otis Taylor, “Cold at Midnight” from Hey Joe Opus / Red Meat (2015): One Track Mind

Otis Taylor’s “Cold at Midnight,” a white-knuckle ride into the very heart of worry, advances the forthcoming ‘Hey Joe Opus / Red Meat.’

Cyrus Chestnut, “Gloria’s Step” from A Million Colors in Your Mind (2015)

Cyrus Chestnut, “Gloria’s Step” from A Million Colors in Your Mind (2015)

Cyrus Chestnut doesn’t supercede the definitive take by Bill Evans’ Trio. Still, I found myself enjoying the new corners he and his trio explored.