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Larry Coryell

Aurora Coryellis

He’s the godfather of fusion guitar, and don’t you forget it. Chico Hamilton, Gary Burton, the Eleventh House, Alphonse Mouzon, the Guitar Trio – Larry Coryell was melding jazz, rock, and Indian music with his guitar way before it was cool. This is a (more…)

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Webb Wilder, Marshall Crenshaw, Mike Flanigin

Mississippi Moderne, #392: The EP Collection, The Drifter
Alt-Roots-Pop- Power-Rock

Terms like “alt,” “Americana,” and “roots-rock” – coined by critics to departmentalize rock and roll into unnecessary boxes – have become so overused as to be meaningless. Can you imagine those same critics trying to bundle the Beatles’ stylistic range into a single hyphenated (more…)

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Keith Richards

Crosseyed Heart
Still Happy

The old pirate may have just turned 72, but that doesn’t seem to have slowed him down. Welcome to Keith Richards’ third solo album – and his first in 23 years. The album arrived in the midst of the hoopla surrounding the Rolling Stones’ (more…)

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Penelope Spheeris

The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization Collection

Was the Germs’ incoherent Darby Crash, writhing on stage while fans write on his forehead with indelible marker, really so different from W.A.S.P.’s incoherent Chris Holmes, floating in his pool and chugging three bottles of Smirnoff as his Mom looked on? Tough to say, (more…)

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John Pizzarelli

Midnight McCartney

His 1998 mash-up album John Pizzarelli Meets The Beatles staked his claim as a hardcore fan, and he was subsequently invited to play on Paul McCartney’s 2012 pop standards album Kisses On The Bottom. Sir Paul himself suggested Pizzarelli tackle an album of (more…)

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Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin Deluxe Editions
Zep Deluxe

Jimmy Page has been actively promoting these fresh reissues of the Led Zeppelin catalog and, in fact, they are rather impressive. There are CD and vinyl versions, each with a remastered original album and a companion disc of rarer material. We suspect you already (more…)

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Lee Ritenour

A Twist of Rit

In honor of his 40th year of recording, Lee Ritenour blended a bit of new material with journeys in time, revisiting tunes he’d recorded starting with First Course, his 1975 debut. He kicks off with “Wild Rice” and “Fatback” from early in his (more…)

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Zac Harmon

Right Man Right Now

The blues has often called out injustice and shined the harsh light of truth as much as it has lamented broken hearts or celebrated the joys of sex. Zac Harmon’s “Stand Your Ground” is the showpiece here, rooted in the social protest that (more…)

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Lyle Brewer

Lyle Brewer

Even when Lyle Brewer covers standards, he makes the song his own. His last couple albums have been filled with familiar songs given the Brewer treatment. With his latest, we get a record full of Brewer originals and the result is the (more…)

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Gary Clark Jr.

The Story of Sonny Boy Slim
Postmodern Soul

If listeners haven’t figured out that Gary Clark Jr. is more than a blues revivalist, his second full-length studio album should provide a cold hard slap of reality. This disc shows fans – as well as any eye-rolling skeptics – what he’s truly made of. As producer, Clark also wrote, arranged, and played most of […]

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