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This latest RVG remaster of Jones' most popular recording session sports a pink cover, a hotter mix and more punched-up sound that may encourage some listeners to hang on to their old copies. But if it increases the number of listeners who are strangers to Etta Jones' work, it will have performed an invaluable service for all who care about the art of jazz singing.
With her undeniably fine and mellow performance of the Holiday blues on Don't Go To Strangers Jones announced her claim to a place among a royal lineage; her recording of the song forty-one years later secures it.
Starflowers is the fascinating debut recording from Norwegian vocalist and kantele player Sinikka Langeland. The album is a brilliant confluence of folk music, sung poetry and Nordic improvisation.
Susie Arioli is undoubtedly an original, underscoring her subtly rhythmic approach with her own delicately insistent snare-drum playing, and her band, spearheaded by the softly Djangoesque guitarist Jordan Officer but occasionally augmented by the baritone playing of Cameron Wallis or the trombone of Christopher Smith, among others, provides discreet and supple support. If it's great songs, impeccably (but affectingly) sung, you're after, Susie Arioli is for you.
Popa Chubby's major-label debut album is an inspiring set of energetic, gut-bucket blues-rock, filled with exceptional playing.
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Pelléas et Mélisande, the drama by the Belgian writer Maurice Maeterlinck, exerted an enormous influence on musicians throughout Europe in the years around the turn of the last century. It provided the subject for Claude Debussy’s striking and influential opera of the same title, and it engendered several orchestral works. The two most important of them are presented on this recording.
They still enjoy simple, primitive pleasures; join them, and life will yet be bearable.
This recording is dedicated to unaccompanied English church music, sung in the beautiful acoustic of the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral.
This is volume 4 of music from Dylan's "Theme Time Radio Hour".
2010 four CD compilation, the third volume of this lavishly packaged series of box sets from Bob Dylan's iconic Theme Time Radio Show. Volume Three brings together the classic and the weird to help make this series a must have. This four disc set contains classic tracks and an eight page booklet. Themes include smoking, dreams, walking, birds and Cadillacs.
The first episode of Bob Dylan's THEME TIME RADIO HOUR aired on May 3, 2006 and featured Dylan as a DJ spinning an eclectic mix of folk, blues, R&B, soul, rock & roll, bebop, country, and even rap drawn from his personal record collection, and aside from revealing the broad sweep of Dylan's musical interests, the shows, each of which were woven around a single theme, were a fascinating tour through roots and urban music in all of its forms.
This is volume 2 of music from Dylan's "Theme Time Radio Hour".
Dylan's commentaries are not heard. But whats left is a treasure trove of American roots music-all kinds of music-pop,blues,country,r&b,rockabilly,and some early r&r. This volume has a number of tracks from the 20's and 30's,which help give added depth,with the remaining tracks from the 40's and 50's.
With its emphasis on long-breathed melodies and pretty orchestration, The Very Best of Relaxing Classics is clearly intended to please listeners on an emotional level, and its appeal to the heartstrings is direct.
With the eclectic mix of artists as only Willie Nelson can gather for just another in a series of "Willie Nelson & Friends" albums, Stars & Guitars is one record that is sure to keep any music fan happy. It'll also introduce many country fans to some artists they'd not normally even listen to and vice-versa.
Willie and the Wheel is a CD whose time has come. It was somewhere around 30 years ago that legendary music man, the late Jerry Wexler, got the idea to record Willie Nelson doing classic Western Swing songs on an album.