Tuesday December 06

Current Album Reviews

Our take on some of the latest material from a variety of artists.

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers - Live in 1967 with Peter GreenJohn Mayall’s Bluesbreakers - Live in 1967 Volume two (Forty Below) review

Staggering performances highlight the genius of Peter Green

In 2015, Forty Below Records issued the first-ever live recordings of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers featuring guitarist Peter Green recorded back in 1967 (we reviewed that disc here).  They’ve followed that up with a second volume, which once again proves that Green needs to be in any discussion of the most gifted guitarists of all-time.  Oh, and he’s backed by bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood, just months before the trio formed the original Fleetwood Mac.


Dan Fogelberg - The Definitive AnthologyDan Fogelberg - The Definitive Anthology (Real Gone) review

The guitar duel between Fogelberg and Joe Walsh is worth the price alone

Fiery rockers, sweeping, string-laden ballads, and quiet acoustic numbers - singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg could do it all at his peak.  The Definitive Anthology, a new, two-disc collection, brings together 28 examples of the multi-faceted artist.

Original Soundtrack - Born to Be BlueOriginal Soundtrack - Born to Be Blue (Rhino)

Original Soundtrack - Miles AheadOriginal Soundtrack - Miles Ahead (Legacy)

Miles and Chet - their stories on the big screen


Two of the most important trumpet players in the history of jazz are celebrated with recent Hollywood movies: Miles Ahead (Miles Davis) and Born to Be Blue (Chet Baker).   Each accompanying soundtrack takes it’s own unique approach to providing music, but both with satisfying results.

Record Store Day logo 2016Record Store Day - What Is It and Why Should You Care?


Record Store Day is a holiday for music fans.  It happens annually, in mid April, and its main objective is to promote the independent record stores still in business in the US and around the world.

Every year record labels, both major and independent, create “Record Store Day Only” releases that are usually limited in number (often under 5,000 copies) and ONLY available to independent retailers.  This means you can’t grab these titles at Wal Mart or Target, and you won’t find them online on Amazon - you have to visit your neighborhood record store to obtain them.

Bill Evans - Some Other TimeBill Evans  - Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest (Resonance) review

A previously unreleased studio album from the legendary pianist, featuring stalwarts Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette


Resonance Records should change their name to “Holy Grail Records.”  The small, non-profit jazz reissue label based out of LA has already put out previously unreleased discs from celebrated artists like Wes Montgomery, Stan Getz and Sarah Vaughan.  Yet, their latest release, Some Other Time, may be their biggest accomplishment to date.

Various Artists - Soul For Dancers 2Various Artists - Soul For Dancers 2 - (Fantastic Voyage) review


The weather is warming up and Fantastic Voyage has concocted a perfect playlist for your next get-together


The UK reissue label Fantastic Voyage continues to compile phenomenal collections that feature both familiar and obscure tunes.  Soul For Dancers 2 is a second volume of upbeat R&B numbers from the Fifties & Sixties, , sure to keep that party going into the wee hours.

Phil Collins - No Jacket Required (Deluxe Edition)Phil Collins - No Jacket Required (Deluxe Edition) (Atlantic/WEA) review


Phil at the top


No Jacket Required, Phil Collins’ third solo album, was the pinnacle of his career; completing his transformation from prog rock drummer to international pop star.   The record occupied the #1 spot on Billboard’s Albums Chart for seven weeks in 1985, selling upwards of 12 million copies in the States alone.  It also won a Grammy for Album of the Year. Warner Brothers has just issued the original album in remastered form, with a second disc of bonus material.

Larry Young - In Paris: The ORTF RecordingsLarry Young - In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance) review


He jammed with Hendrix and played on Miles’ Bitches Brew


One of the drawbacks of streaming being the primary way we get music now, is that LP jackets and CD booklets helped us get deeper into the music: liner notes, lyrics and photos helped paint a more vibrant picture of the music contained within.  One record label that is trying to keep the physical aspect of music alive is Resonance Records - and their latest release, Larry Young’s In Paris: The ORTF Recordings is a prime example of their brilliance.

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