Yearly Archives: 2009

Rosie Flores: Girl of the Century

Vocalist-guitarist Rosie Flores may be best known in the rockabilly world, but in recent years she has explored idioms from roots rock to vocal jazz. On "Girl of the Century," Flores returns to her Americana roots with songs that wonderfully … Continue reading

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Bernie Worrell: For You – For Us – For All

Keyboardist and arranger Bernie Worrell has been at the cutting edge of soul, funk and rock music for decades. The founding member and musical director of Parliament Funkadelic, and later a collaborator with many notables such as the Talking Heads, … Continue reading

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Among the Oak and Ash: Among the Oak and Ash

Among The Oak & Ash is Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr, two singer-songwriters drawn to the drama and darkness in traditional American and British folk songs. Their self-titled CD recasts many songs in moody and evocative folk-rock settings. The result … Continue reading

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Marshall Crenshaw: Jaggedland

Marshall Crenshaw’s "Jaggedland" may be the acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist’s best work yet. The recording’s songs are memorable, emotionally observant and musically catchy sketches of the ups and downs of Crenshaw’s life and American society in recent years. Among the notable contributing … Continue reading

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Peter White: Good Day

Jazz-pop instrumentalist Peter White’s latest recording, "Good Day," is his first collection of original compositions in several years. White, who began his career as a keyboardist with Al Stewart in the 1970s, excels at writing pop- and jazz-inflected songs featuring … Continue reading

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Zaza: Cameo

Zaza is the musical partnership of Jennifer Fraser and Danny Taylor, whose personal songs written for each other are cloaked in layers of melody, timbre and rhythm. While often compared to other "dream-rock" acts, Zaza has a freshness where insistent … Continue reading

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Shoshona Bean: Superhero

Shoshana Bean is a fantastic singer who left an acclaimed musical theatre career on Broadway after the unexpected death of a loved one. She wrote and recorded "Superhero," which passionately tells the story of the relationship against a backdrop of … Continue reading

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Mikel Rouse: Gravity Radio

Mikel Rouse is an extraordinary composer whose musical theatre work has been acclaimed for mixing high art and popular culture. His latest work, "Gravity Radio," continues to probe the fragmentation of contemporary attention spans and emotions by big media and … Continue reading

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Danny Chaimson and the 11th Hour: Young Blood and Old Soul

"Young Blood, Old Soul" is the debut recording by Danny Chaimson, a Chicago-based keyboardist and songwriter who spent years fine-tuning his considerable skills as a session player in Los Angeles and a member of the city’s funk and soul scene. … Continue reading

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Nathan Moore: Folk Singer

Nathan Moore is a talented singer-songwriter whose songs have an emotional life of their own. "Folk Singer" is a sparse but eloquent recording of Moore, unaccompanied, on vocals, guitar and harmonica. The CD’s songs range from the whimsical to the … Continue reading

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