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Ten Great Records from 2016

2016 was a bittersweet year for music. We lost some of our most influential artists, but many bands also released great albums. So many good albums, in fact, that I had more difficulty than usual whittling down my list to ten. I decided to choose albums that may not receive as much coverage in the […]

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Top Ten Albums of 2015 [Jonathon Smith's Picks]

I’m not going to over-think my year-end list this year. I’m bound to regret several omissions as soon as I submit this, but I’m not going to overthink my choices. Nope. These are my favorites, albums to which I repeatedly return. Definitely not necessarily a self-proclaimed list of “best” albums. As if anyone could make […]

Ork Records: New York, New York

Ork Records: New York, New York

Discerning music lover, if you long for curation and worry that Spotify might kill enthusiasm for music, please look into the Numero Group. It is a label that regularly focuses on a single scene for each release, compiling an absurd number of songs and thorough liner notes to give context to local movements. Its latest […]

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Blue Note Reissues (part 4)

For my final post regarding the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Reissue Series, I want to discuss what is, quite possibly, my favorite jazz album. If not of all time, then certainly my favorite of this series. McCoy Tyner was most famous for playing piano in John Coltrane’s quartet in the early 1960s. After a series […]

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Blue Note Reissues (part 3)

With the exception of Medeski Martin & Wood’s Combustication, my previous posts regarding the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Reissue Series have focused on the label’s older records. (Not that Combustication is exactly new; it was released in 1998.) This week, I want to address a couple recent releases. While jazz may have become highbrow and […]

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Blue Note Reissues (part 2)

In my last post regarding the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Reissue Series, I suggested starting with Combustication by Medeski Martin & Wood and The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan. Once again, in the spirit of helpfulness, I’d like to suggest a few other albums for you, the discerning listener.  I feel that a couple other great, accessible […]

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Blue Note Reissues (part 1)

Jazz can be intimidating, what with players (and fans) geeking out on modes, tones, voicings, harmonic structures, time signatures and who played with whom.  But since when did intimidation stop anyone from diving into the discographies of prolific artists like Robert Pollard, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello or Bob Dylan? Perhaps the key to […]