Wednesday September 28

Current Album Reviews

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

Stan Getz - Moments in TimeStan Getz - Moments in Time (Resonance) review


A jazz legend at the top of his game in a never-before heard live performance


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This disc is a companion to Getz/Gilberto ’76, and features performances recorded during the same week-long stint at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco - but this time the spotlight is trained on the legendary saxophonist and his fabulous accompanying trio.


Getz/Gilberto '76Stan Getz / Joäo Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto ’76 (Resonance Records) review


Never-before released live date features the legendary duo in a rare reunion


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Stan Getz and Joäo Gilberto single-handedly helped the worldwide spread of bossa nova through their breakout album, 1964’s Getz/Gilberto.  Yet, surprisingly the two would rejoin only a handful of times after.  Resonance Records recently discovered tapes of the duo during a week-long stand at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco and have released them as Getz/Gilberto ’76.

Michael Jackson - Off the Wall (Deluxe Edition)Michael Jackson - Off the Wall (Deluxe Edition) (Epic/Legacy) review


MJ’s first solo album as an adult is arguably his best


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Face it: Michael Jackson was so good for so long, that we took him for granted.  The fact that he was able to transition from that cute little eleven-year old that fronted the Jackson 5 on the Ed Sullivan Show, to worldwide popstar, is an occurrence that deserves more accolades.  The fortuitous teaming with producer Quincy Jones created lightning in a bottle: Off the Wall still stands as a groundbreaking fusion of R&B and pop, even if it’s consistently overshadowed by its successor, Thriller.

Lee Michaels - Heighty Hi - The Best ofLee Michaels - Heighty Hi - The Best of Lee Michaels (Manifesto) review


This set proves that Michaels was a lot more than an “one-hit-wonder”


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There are dozens of artists from the 1960’s & 70’s who released many high-charting albums, yet are only remembered for a single song, thus earning the title of “one-hit-wonder.”  One such artist is Lee Michaels, and a new collection from Manifesto Records proves that there was a lot more to the organist/vocalist than his lone hit, “Do You Know What I Mean,” from 1971.

Phil Collins - Hello, I Must Be Going! (remaster)Phil Collins - Hello, I Must Be Going! (Deluxe Edition) (Atlantic) review


Collins' sophomore album shows him developing as a solo artist


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When Phil Collins went in to record his second solo album, Hello, I Must Be Going, things had changed drastically in about 18 months: his debut record, Face Value, was a surprise hit, with the nascent network MTV embracing “In the Air Tonight,” and putting it in heavy rotation.  Plus, his band, Genesis, had released their biggest album to date, ABACAB.  The original album has been remastered and paired with a bonus disc of live tracks and demos.

Van Wilks - 21st Century BluesVan Wilks - 21st Century Blues (Texas ’51 Records) review


Seriously - a solid album from top to bottom


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It says something about the rock genre when one of the best rock albums to come out in 2016 is labeled “blues.”  Sure, there are elements of blues here, the same way bands like ZZ Top and Bad Company incorporate them.  But, make no mistake, 21st Century Blues ROCKS.  Wilks is an Austin guitarist who’s earned accolades for years in his native state, but this is his first new record in a decade.

Phil Collins - Face Value (Deluxe Edition)Phil Collins - Face Value (Deluxe Edition) (Atlantic) review


We may have gotten our fill of Phil in the Eighties, but this one deserves another look


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Phil Collins was one of the biggest artists of the 1980’s, with his songs dominating the airwaves and MTV.  Whether coming from him, his band Genesis, or the numerous acts that he produced (Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Howard Jones, etc), it seems like you couldn’t escape his presence.

Now That's What I Call Power Ballads HitsVarious Artists - Now That’s What I Call Power Ballads Hits (Legacy Recordings) review


Your lighter may run out of fuel -  the best single disc collection of metal ballads ever assembled.


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Let’s travel back in time to the late Eighties / early Nineties - when your hair had to be big and your metal had to be melodic.  No matter how bad the boys were or how hard they rocked, they were always obligated to show off their sensitive side, in the form of a power ballad.  Legacy collects 18 of the biggest of the short-lived genre in Now That’s What I Call Power Ballads Hits.

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