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- Dan Wilson: Love Without Fear
- Bill Banfield’s Jazz Urbane: Playing With Other People’s Heads – Songs
- David Nail: I’m A Fire
- Emerson Hart: Beauty In Disrepair
- Eric Paslay: Eric Paslay
- The Autumn Defense: Fifth
- Mary Chapin Carpenter: Songs From The Movie
- The Milk Carton Kids: The Ash & Clay
- Deana Carter: Southern Way Of Life
- Bryce Dessner: Ahyem
- Brandy Clark: 12 Stories
- Lucy Wainwright Roche: There’s A Last Time For Everything
- Gungor: I Am Mountain
- Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion: Wassiac Way
- Robbie Fulks: Gone Away Backward
- Van Dyke Parks: Songs Cycled
- Sean Hickey: Concertos
- George Duke: DreamWeaver
- Devon Allman: Turquoise
- Garry Schyman: BioShock Infinite
- LeAnn Rimes: Spitfire
- Grace Kelly: Live At Scullers
- JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound: Howl
- Alexis Spight: L.O.L. (Live Out Loud)
- Josh Ritter: The Beast In Its Tracks
Author Archives: jboggs
Singer/songwriter Jess Klein’s third album, "Draw Them Near," soulfully mixes heartache and hope, folk and rock, youth and wisdom. Released: 3/20/2001 Label: Rykodisc Visit Artist’s Website… Genre: Pop All Jess Klein profiles… Heartache and Healing From Klein’s first heartbreak came … Continue reading
Celebrated saxophonist Branford Marsalis joins forces with one of his all-time favorite groups, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, for a tour-de-force of early 20th-century French music. Released: 3/7/2001 Label: Sony Classical Visit Artist’s Website… Genre: Concert/Modern All Branford Marsalis with the … Continue reading
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
When composer/reed virtuoso Evan Ziporyn graduated from college he started travelling with the goal of taking himself as far away as possible from the known—a literal and figurative search for new directions. Eventually he landed in Bali, where gamelan music … Continue reading
They’ve done Dylan, Zappa, Kurt Weill and Sam Cooke. Now the Persuasions add the Grateful Dead to their seemingly unlimited repertoire, proving once again that great songs and great singers transcend categories and labels. Released: 12/15/2000 Label: Arista Visit Artist’s … Continue reading
The Supreme Beings of Liesure are proponents of "Retro-Futuristim." The multicultural foursome takes the components of Lounge, Techno, and Indian classical, and wraps it up in a delightful package of introspective soulful groove. Released: 4/27/2000 Label: Rykodisc Visit Artist’s Website… … Continue reading
That’s exactly what guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli did for this album: gathered a collection of songs about love, placed them before some of his favorite musicians, including his father, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and let the songs speak for themselves. … Continue reading