Of Senses Engaged and Hearts Touched

Dig a fresh, imaginative take on some Brazilian evergreens--including three by ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM--on the fascinating BRAZILIAN PROJECT by mesmerizing vocalist CATINA DELUNA and her LADO B band, featuring OTMARO RUIZ.

Wasn’t That a Time?

In 1966 BOB DYLAN recorded BLONDE ON BLONDE in Nashville and the floodgates opened. A new double-CD collection documents some great music made in Nashville from the mid-'60s through the early '70s.


Newport Folk Festival Goes Roots-y (But Hasn’t It Always Been So?)

A surprise set by JAMES TAYLOR was the highlight of highlights at this year's NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL. Our man on the scene, IRA MAYER, a festival veteran, reflects on the lineup's not-so-folky flavor.

The Past Is Present (And Accounted For)

On COUNTRY GRASS, LORRAINE JORDAN & CAROLINA ROAD bluegrassify old country hits but add a unique twist along the way.


The Bassoon, In Search of Love

DANIEL SMITH enlists a stellar supporting cast and again proves the bassoon's viability as a lead instrument of great expressiveness on his new album, JAZZ SUITE FOR BASSOON

It’s Life, Y’know

It's the centennial year of MUDDY WATERS's birth, and two new tributes mark that special occasion: MUDDY WATERS 100, featuring contemporary Muddy acolytes, and the DVD, BLUES SUMMIT IN CHICAGO, 1974


Way Out Western Swing…

Best known as a jazz singer, SOLITAIRE MILES, in the guise of SUSIE BLUE, makes a convincing western swing chanteuse on her new album.

Live’r Than They’ll Ever Be

From tapes surreptitiously recorded in 1967 comes a smokin' live album featuring JOHN MAYALL'S BLUESBREAKERS with PETER GREEN, JOHN MCVIE and MICK FLEETWOOD supporting Mayall.


Soul Stirring Joy

Gospel editor BOB MAROVICH weighs in on a new Soul Stirrers retrospective from the group's SAR Records years. Recommending this double-CD set: four previously unreleased Stirrers sides.

To Attract and To Intrigue

On THE ORIGIN OF ADJUSTABLE THINGS, jazz singer/composer JOANNA WALLFISCH, accompanied by pianist DAN TEPFER, offers new songs and inspired covers in a variety of styles.


Tough Love? Tough Stuff.

Bluesman TINSLEY ELLIS's new CD, TOUGH LOVE, proves itself tough stuff indeed--10 original songs played and sung with conviction to burn.

A Stop at Theresa’s

It was Junior Wells’s return to the Delmark fold; it was the titan Otis Spann’s last recording session. Buddy Guy was on guitar, Fred Below on drums. The spirit was that of Theresa's Lounge. Stop by.