Thumbscrew – Convallaria – Cuneiform – Rune 415, 72:58 ***: An album of music that is demanding and forceful. (Mary Halvorson – guitar; Michael Formanek – doublebass; Toma Fujiwara – drums) Even after several listenings of Thumbscrew’s most recent release Convallaria, it is still a challenge to find a way to begin the review of […]
Andrea Claburn – Nightshade – [Distr. by CD Baby], 52:07 ***: A high calibre of creativity. (Andrea Claburn – vocals; Matt Clark – piano & Fender Rhodes; Sam Bevan – acoustic & electric bass; Alan Hall – drums; John Santos – percussion; Terrence Brewer – acoustic & electric guitars; Erik Jekabson – trumpet & flugelhorn; […]
The Stones are still at it and as good as ever. The Rolling Stones – Totally Stripped, Blu-ray + CD (2016) Cast: Mick Jagger – vocals, guitar; Keith Richards – guitar, vocals; Charlie Watts – drums; Ronnie Wood – guitar, vocals; Darryl Jones – bass; Lisa Fischer – backing vocals; Bernard Fowler – backing vocals; […]
Snarky Puppy – Family Dinner Vol. Two – Ground Up – Universal Music B0024506-00 (CD + 16:9 DVD), *****: Eclectic fusion big band celebrates music in New Orleans with special guests. (Michael League – electric bass, ukulele, bass, Moog bass, vocals; Bill Laurence – piano, vocals; Cory Henry – keyboards; Shaun Martin, – keyboards, vocals; […]
An instrumental treasure by the newly-reformed band.
TORROBA: Guitar Con. No. 1 “Concierto en Flamenco”; Diologos entre guitarra y orquestra; Aires de La Mancha; Suite castellana – Pepe Romero & Vicente Coves, guitars/ Malaga Philharmonic Orch./ Manuel Coves – Naxos
Pepe Romero and his pupil Vicente Coves deliver a fine ensemble of Torroba works for guitar, including a world premier.
Audiophile label proves less is more on this recording!
For those that may have been dismayed at the perceived demise of the bossa nova, listen up.
SANTAOLALLA: “Camino” (TrackList follows) – Gustavo Santaolalla – guitars, keyboards, all instr. – Sony Masterworks
Lovely but there could be more.
A jazz vocalist you’ll treasure…
That Lil’ Ol’ Band from Texas rocks the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Yeh, Cleveland rocks, but they kick out the blues jams!
Two fine singer-songwriters in hi-res stereo sonics.
A quartet which prefers to play with threes.
New Wave video pioneers still resonate!
Athens Guitar Duo – “Magellan’s Playlist” – On Tour in China Vol. 1 [TrackList follows] – Claudio DVD-A (2 discs)
An ultra-fidelity recording of a fine guitar duo, damaged by a serious programming fault.
An unusual mix of musical genres with some inspired instrumentals, backed by a symphony orchestra.
An innovative world music ensemble with Israeli origins.
A fun live concert of The Doobie Brothers performing at Wolf Trap National Park in Virginia.
A rockin’ rockabilly debut recording.
A pair of flowing ambient-area CDs of interest; one more experimental than the other.
Steve Howe, guitars – Time – with classical ens./keyboards, arr. & cond. – Paul K. Joyce – Warner Classics
Another impossible to categorize disc, with the lead guitarist of the rock group Yes.