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- Chuck Wicks: Turning Point
- Green River Ordinance: Fifteen
- Jack Wall: Call of Duty, Black Ops III
- Black Violin: Stereotypes
- Glen Hansard: Didn’t He Ramble
- Dominik Scherrer: The Missing
- Jonathan McReynolds: Life Music, Stage Two
- Bobby Long: Ode To Thinking
- Alicia Witt: Revisionary History
- Angaleena Presley: American Middle Class
- Pat McGee: Pat McGee
- John Anderson: Goldmine
- Whitey Morgan: Sonic Ranch
- Anat Cohen: Luminosa
- Meredith Monk: Piano Songs
- Gretchen Peters: Blackbirds
- Louise Goffin: Appleonfire
- Mohammed Fairouz: Follow, Poet
- Michael J. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas
- Patty Larkin: Still Green
- Somi: The Lagos Music Salon
- The Barr Brothers: Sleeping Operator
- Lee Ann Womack: The Way I’m Livin’
- Montell Jordan: Captured
- Marco Benevento: Swift
Monthly Archives: February 2001
Composer David Lang’s new album is a most unusual concerto for bass clarinet, chorus and orchestra that explores mortality, time, and the function of music. As we visit segments of the unfolding performance, Lang explains the genesis and development of … Continue reading
Bang On A Can is a New York-based consortium of contemporary composers and musicians dedicated to making music "between the cracks." "Renegade Heaven" is an album of funky, in-your-face, contemporary classical music whose inspirations range from the Beatles to broken … Continue reading
Critically acclaimed, classically trained, and cheerfully unrestrained, the three sisters of the Ahn Trio collectively pull the plug on traditional definitions of classical music with an album that embraces Bernstein and Bowie with equal affection. Released: 1/15/2000 Label: EMI Genre: … Continue reading
"I only speak when I have to speak," says MC KRS-ONE, who rose from living on the streets at age 15 to become one of the most respected MC’s in hip-hop. "The Teacher," as he calls himself, has much to … Continue reading
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals went through three years of live tapes to compile this engaging double CD. Harper is a notable writer, singer and guitarist. In his quieter moments, he writes beautiful acoustic songs about hope, regret, redemption … Continue reading
Jazz guitarist Ronny Jordan has been on a musical mission for years – to put the warm, classic sound of a jazz guitar into modern, urban musical settings. On his Grammy-nominated CD, "A Brighter Day," Jordan continues this journey by … Continue reading
Bis burst on the Brit-pop scene in the mid-90’s as a teen sensation, but their sound and songwriting has continued to grow. "Music for a Strange World" finds this talented trio from Glasgow, Scotland, writing rebellious and catchy songs with … Continue reading
With his distinctive baritone voice and attractive vocal arrangements, Jeffrey Osborne has garnered a Grammy nomination for "That’s For Sure", his first studio album in eight years. The lushly produced 12-track set is a pleasing mix of ballads and mid-tempo … Continue reading
If anyone has any doubts, Peter Frampton is alive and well. His playing and singing are as good as they’ve ever been. "Live in Detroit," which earned a Grammy nomination for best rock instrumental, showcases his range as a performer. … Continue reading