Pere Ubu - Datapanik In The Year Zero (2009) {4CD Box Set Cooking Vinyl COOK CD 098 rec 1975-1982}

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Pere Ubu - Datapanik In The Year Zero (2009) {4CD Box Set Cooking Vinyl COOK CD 098 rec 1975-1982}

Pere Ubu - Datapanik In The Year Zero (2009) {4CD Box Set Cooking Vinyl COOK CD 098 rec 1975-1982}
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© 1975-82, 2009 Cooking Vinyl | COOK CD 098
Rock / Experimental Rock / Psychedelic Rock / Avant-Garde / New Wave / Post Punk / American Underground

Pere Ubu's troubles with record companies are legendary within certain underground rock circles. In perhaps the most bizarre turn of events, the group's collected works of 1978-1982 – after being out of print for nearly a decade – were reissued by Geffen as a five-disc box set, Datapanik in the Year Zero. Named after the group's 1978 EP, the set is arranged chronologically and occasionally substitutes live versions for studio tracks, but that hardly matters – nearly every song the band recorded during the five-year time span is included.

Sonny Rollins - Sonny Rollins And The Big Brass (1958) {Verve 24bit Master Edition 314 557 545-2 rel 1999}

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Sonny Rollins - Sonny Rollins And The Big Brass (1958) {Verve 24bit Master Edition 314 557 545-2 rel 1999}

Sonny Rollins - Sonny Rollins And The Big Brass (1958) {Verve 24bit Master Edition 314 557 545-2 rel 1999}
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© 1958, 1999 MetroJazz / Verve / PolyGram | 314 557 545-2 | Verve 24bit Master Edition
Jazz / Hard Bop / Saxophone

Big Brass is an appropiate name for the large ensemble arranged and conducted by Ernie Wilkins that accompanies the huge sound of Sonny Rollins. The energy within the leader's gospel-flavored shout "Grand Street" is considerable, while a swinging but no less powerful version of George & Ira Gershwin's "Who Cares" features a choice solo by guitarist Rene Thomas. Also added to this compilation are trio recordings with bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Specs Wright, including a brilliant leisurely stroll through "Manhattan," along with Rollins' tour de force unaccompanied tenor sax on "Body and Soul."

Yo La Tengo - Stuff Like That There (2015) {Matador OLE-1079-2}

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Yo La Tengo - Stuff Like That There (2015) {Matador OLE-1079-2}

Yo La Tengo - Stuff Like That There (2015) {Matador OLE-1079-2}
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© 2015 Matador Records | OLE 1079-2
Rock / Indie Rock / Alternative / Dream Pop

These days, every band seems eager to honor the anniversary of one of its landmark albums, usually in the form of a concert tour or an expanded reissue, and even Yo La Tengo have gotten into the act – a quarter century after they released their endlessly charming 1990 LP Fakebook, in which they covered a handful of their favorite songs and reworked a few of their own numbers in semi-acoustic fashion, YLT have recorded what amounts to a sequel, 2015's Stuff Like That There. Just like a sequel to a 1980s horror movie, Stuff Like That There follows the template of the original as closely as possible – there are two new songs, three remakes from the YLT back catalog, and nine covers, which range from the instantly recognizable (Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," inspired by Al Green's version) to the thoroughly obscure (unless you're a Hoboken pop obsessive or a James McNew completist, "Automatic Doom" by the Special Pillows is probably not on your hit parade).

Royal Scottish National Orchestra - 125 Years of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (2016) {2CD Set Chandos CHAN 241-55}

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Royal Scottish National Orchestra - 125 Years of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (2016) {2CD Set Chandos CHAN 241-55}

Royal Scottish National Orchestra - 125 Years of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (2016) {2CD Set Chandos CHAN 241-55}
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© 2016 Chandos Records | CHAN 241-55
Classical / Orchestral

In the 2015 / 2016 season, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra celebrates a proud 125-year history of bringing the best in classical music performances to audiences right across Scotland and beyond. Marking its recording relationship with the Orchestra, Chandos has compiled a two-disc set (at the price of one CD) of the finest of thirty years of recordings that have shaped the reputation of the Orchestra as well as the label. The RSNO has amassed a tremendous discography on Chandos over the years, including great recording series devoted to works by Dvorak, Elgar, and Prokofiev. Now on SACD, its releases continue to receive high praise.

Nat Adderley Sextet - Much Brass (1959) {Riverside OJCCD-848-2 rel 1995}

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Nat Adderley Sextet - Much Brass (1959) {Riverside OJCCD-848-2 rel 1995}

Nat Adderley Sextet - Much Brass (1959) {Riverside OJCCD-848-2 rel 1995}
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© 1959, 1995 Riverside / Fantasy | OJCCD-848-2
Jazz / Hard Bop / Soul Jazz / Cornet

One of Nat Adderley's finest albums. Sometimes the inclusion of tuba in a small-group modern jazz setting can produce whale-like results among a school of dolphin, but that's not the case here. Tuba man Laymon Jackson doesn't dominate or weigh down the proceedings, but merely gives them another texture. Nat is in fine form; I like his Miles mode on BLUE CONCEPT a lot. Tune selection for the date is also top rate: the two compositions by Duke Pearson (WHAT NEXT? and LITTLE MISS) are especially good. Nat Adderley fans and modern jazz lovers in general should like this ambitious CD very much.

Sideshow - Songs Of Charles Ives (2001) {CRI BlueShift CD2000}

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Sideshow - Songs Of Charles Ives (2001) {CRI BlueShift CD2000}

Sideshow - Songs Of Charles Ives (2001) {CRI BlueShift CD2000}
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© 2001 CRI / BlueShift | CD 2000
Jazz / Classical / Third Stream / Avant-Garde Jazz / Modern Classical

CRI (Composers Recordings Inc., a non-profit, composer-directed American new music label) introduced their "blueshift" imprint in 2001 with this unique merging of jazz and the music of Charles Ives. The recording itself, however, was made in November, 1988 at Tedesco Studios in New Jersey and engineered by Jon Rosenberg, produced by Matt Moran and Adam Good (the vibraphone player and the guitarist, respectively, on the recording). The other musicians are John Hollenbeck (drums and other percussion) and Oscar Noriega (alto saxophone and bass clarinet).

Miles Davis - The Complete On The Corner Sessions (2007) {6CD Box Set Columbia 886970 6239 2 rec 1972-1975}

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Miles Davis - The Complete On The Corner Sessions (2007) {6CD Box Set Columbia 886970 6239 2 rec 1972-1975}

Miles Davis - The Complete On The Corner Sessions (2007) {6CD Box Set Columbia 886970 6239 2 rec 1972-1975}
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© 1972-75, 2007 Columbia / Legacy / Sony BMG Music | 886970 6239 2 | 24bit remastering
Jazz / Fusion / Jazz-Funk / Jazz-Rock / Free Funk / Funk

From the opening four notes of Michael Henderson's hypnotically minimal bass that open the unedited master of "On the Corner," answered a few seconds later by the swirl of color, texture, and above all rhythm, it becomes a immediately apparent that Miles Davis had left the jazz world he helped to invent – forever. The 19-minute-and-25-second track has never been issued in full until now. It is one of the 31 tracks in The Complete On the Corner Sessions, a six-disc box recorded between 1972 and 1975 that centers on the albums On the Corner, Get Up with It, and the hodgepodge leftovers collection Big Fun. It is also the final of eight boxes in the series of Columbia's studio sessions with Davis from the 1950s through 1975, when he retired from music before his return in the 1980s. Previously issued have been Davis' historic sessions with John Coltrane in the first quintet, the Gil Evans collaborations, the Seven Steps to Heaven recordings, the complete second quintet recordings, and the complete In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, and Jack Johnson sessions. There have been a number of live sets as well; the most closely related one to this is the live Cellar Door Sessions 1970, issued in 2005.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Blue Rondo (1986) {Concord Jazz CCD-4317}

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The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Blue Rondo (1986) {Concord Jazz CCD-4317}

The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Blue Rondo (1986) {Concord Jazz CCD-4317}
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© 1986-87 Concord Jazz | CCD-4317
Jazz / Cool / West Coast Jazz / Piano

The 1987 edition of the Brubeck Quartet featured pianist Brubeck, his son Chris on electric bass and bass trombone, clarinetist Bill Smith and drummer Randy Jones. In addition to remakes of "Blue Rondo à la Turk," "Strange Meadowlark" and "Swing Bells," the leader contributed six new originals including "I See, Satie" and a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz called "Dizzy's Dream." Bill Smith, who uses electronics with taste on his clarinet during a few songs, has long been a major asset to the later Brubeck Quartets. This is one of their better Concord CDs.

The Wave Pictures - Susan Rode The Cyclone (2010) {Little Teddy Recordings BlTe061CD}

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The Wave Pictures - Susan Rode The Cyclone (2010) {Little Teddy Recordings BlTe061CD}

The Wave Pictures - Susan Rode The Cyclone (2010) {Little Teddy Recordings BlTe061CD}
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© 2010 Little Teddy Recordings | BlTe061CD
Rock / Indie Rock / Alternative / Experimental Rock

The Wave Pictures are an english band consisting of David Tattersall (vocals & guitar), Franic Rozycki (bass guitar) and Jonny Helm (drums). Susan Rode The Cyclone is their fourth official album release and their second for Little Teddy Recordings. The Wave Pictures do not tire of playing their contagious cheek on whatever stage allows them to do so, in fact they make the most of the quiet moments between touring to go into the studio and come out with a collection of cheeky and playful songs in which folk and pop come together completely naturally. Still not satisfied with recording the brilliant "Instant Coffee Baby" (2008) and "If You Leave It Alone" (2009), now "Susan Rode The Cyclone" (2010) confirms they are in top form with its stripped-down sound and witty lyrics, the scratching guitars, the overwhelming choruses.

Charles Kynard - Woga (1972) {2017 Japan Mainstream Records Master Collection Series CDSOL-45220}

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Charles Kynard - Woga (1972) {2017 Japan Mainstream Records Master Collection Series CDSOL-45220}

Charles Kynard - Woga (1972) {2017 Japan Mainstream Records Master Collection Series CDSOL-45220}
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© 1972, 2017 Time / Mainstream Records / Solid Records Japan | CDSOL-45220
Jazz / Jazz Funk / Soul Jazz / Organ Hammond B-3

Sweet organ lines, heavy drums, and a great little groove throughout – a tight batch of groovers from the mighty Charles Kynard! The keyboardist is in fine 70s form here – stepping away from the sparer sound of his albums for Prestige with a fuller style for Mainstream Records – in a groove that's almost part blacksploitation funk, thanks to some sharp backings from arranger Richard Fritz! The mighty Paul Humphrey is at the bottom of the set on nicely funky drums – and other players include Arthur Adams on guitar, Chuck Rainey on bass, and some great additional horns, which give the record a larger jazzy finish, but never get in the way of Kynard's lean, mean organ lines. There's a great version of "Rock Steady" on the album, one that has a great funky intro – plus the cuts "Shout", "Lime Twig", "Slop Jar", "Name The Missing Word", "Little Ghetto Boy", and "Hot Sauce".

Vasen - Keyed Up (2004) {NorthSide NSD6080}

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Vasen - Keyed Up (2004) {NorthSide NSD6080}

Väsen - Keyed Up (2004) {NorthSide NSD6080}
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© 2004 NorthSide / Väsen and East Side | NSD6080
Folk / Nordic Folk / Sweden / Acoustic

Credit Väsen with the urge to keep their music fresh. This time around they entered the studio without much preparation, only brief rehearsals to familiarize themselves with the tunes – all originals for this outing. The arrangements they'd worked out were rudimentary at best. Instead, they chose to rely on spontaneity and an empathy built from years of playing to create an intricate sound. Recording live with just one or two takes for each tune, the group made a gamble that paid off in full. A single listen to a piece like "Glada Polsken" is evidence that they're all musicians of great technique and inspiration, able to weave lines around each other as if it had all been carefully worked out to the last note. And there's a palpable joy for them in walking this knife edge.

Grateful Dead - New Year's Eve 1982, Oakland Auditorium Arena (2016) {3CD Box Set Limited 1000 Mojo Filter MFRCD2006}

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Grateful Dead - New Year's Eve 1982, Oakland Auditorium Arena (2016) {3CD Box Set Limited 1000 Mojo Filter MFRCD2006}

Grateful Dead - New Year's Eve 1982, Oakland Auditorium Arena (2016) {3CD Box Set Limited 1000 Mojo Filter MFRCD2006}
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© 1982, 2016 Mojo Filter Records | MFRCD2006
Rock / Classic Rock / Psychedelic / Folk Rock / Jam Band

Bill Graham rides in on a giant mushroom. Etta James and Tower of Power Horns featured as well as the mercurial John Cipollina on "Not Fade Away", "Deal" and "Sunshine Daydream".

Kenny Dorham - K.D. Is Here: New York City 1962 & 1966 (2016) {Uptown UPCD 27.85}

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Kenny Dorham - K.D. Is Here: New York City 1962 & 1966 (2016) {Uptown UPCD 27.85}

Kenny Dorham - K.D. Is Here: New York City 1962 & 1966 (2016) {Uptown UPCD 27.85}
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© 1962, 1966, 2016 Uptown Records | UPCD 27.85
Jazz / Bop / Hard Bop / Trumpet

A fantastically hip performance from trumpeter Kenny Dorham – a never-heard live set, recorded for radio at a time when he was really stretching out! The group is as compelling as the performance – and features the excellent Sonny Red on alto, hitting some of those incredibly edgey notes he'd play with Donald Byrd – plus a young Cedar Walton on piano, John Ore on bass, and Hugh Walker on drums – the latter an overlooked genius on the kit, who gave us some great work with John Patton and Harold Mabern! This group is featured in a 1966 performance that takes up most of the CD – with long performances of the titles "Jung Fu", "Spring Is Here", "Somewhere In The Night", "Straight Ahead", and "The Shadow Of Your Smile" – with a few interview snippets by announcer Alan Grant. Grant also presents the remaining three tracks on the set – material from a 1962 date that is equally great, but also shows just how much Dorham had evolved in the four years that led up to the later recording. Kenny blows trumpet with Joe Farrell on tenor, Walter Bishop Jr on piano, Larry Gales on bass, and Stu Martin on drums – on "Woody N You", "If I Should Lose You", and an incomplete performance of "Au Privave".

Various Artists - Heavy Sugar Second Spoonful: More Pure Essence Of New Orleans R&B (1954-1960) {3CD Fantastic Voyage FVTD131}

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Various Artists - Heavy Sugar Second Spoonful: More Pure Essence Of New Orleans R&B (1954-1960) {3CD Fantastic Voyage FVTD131}

Various Artists - Heavy Sugar Second Spoonful: More Pure Essence Of New Orleans R&B (1954-1960) {3CD Fantastic Voyage FVTD131 rel 2011}
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© 1954-60, 2010 Fantastic Voyage | FVTD131
Rhythm & Blues / Rock ‘n’ Roll / Rockabilly

Following the critical acclaim and enthusiastic response to Heavy Sugar: The Pure Essence of New Orleans R&B, compiler Stuart Colman has dug deep into the city’s unique recording legacy to bring about a sumptuous second helping. In addition to the requisite sourcings, the net has been cast wider still in order to focus on material gleaned from such picayune outlets as Rustone, Pontchartrain, Athens, Winner and Spinett. There is a very good reason for this.

Jordi Savall & Le Concert Des Nations - Handel - Water Music & Music For The Royal Fireworks (2008) {Alia Vox AVSA 9860}

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Jordi Savall & Le Concert Des Nations - Handel - Water Music & Music For The Royal Fireworks (2008) {Alia Vox AVSA 9860}

Jordi Savall & Le Concert Des Nations - Handel - Water Music & Music For The Royal Fireworks (2008) {Alia Vox AVSA 9860}
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© 1993, 2008 Alia Vox | AVSA 9860
Classical / Baroque / Orchestral

This is a reissue of a recording from 1993 (re-released a few years ago and deleted in 2003), recently remastered for SACD, and it really impresses with a renewed presence and impact, even on standard CD playback. As I said in my original review, Savall's reading "comes as close as these things can to placing us in the best seat in the house and treats us to a rare experience: the sensation of believing we're hearing a ruggedly familiar piece for the first time. Literally bursting with energy, scintillating strings, blazing horns, and incisive winds, and never boring even for one second, these performances give you Handel at his most exciting." If you have the earlier release, you probably don't need this one–unless you now own an SACD system–but it does deserve a place in every Handel collection, not only for the unsurpassed performances, but also for the effect of Savall's several decidedly "non-standard" tempos(!), and of course for the phenomenal sound, which now must have reached its ultimate realism in this format.