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by Jeff Pinzino
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! Freddie Hubbard – Without a Song (jazz)
When the jazz DJ starts naming personnel on some of your jazz favorites, you’re going to hear “Freddie Hubbard on trumpet” a lot. He’s among the most respected horn players ever to play jazz. So for Blue Note Records to unearth and release this live set 40 years after the fact is a musical event in the jazz world. He’s playing at his peak – crisp tone, muscular solos, and with a killer band egging him on (that’s Roland Hanna on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums for those keeping score).
Listen to Freddie Hubbard “Without a Song”
* Mariachi Real de
Mariachi is an art form best experienced in the open air. Mariachi Real de
Listen to Mariachi Real de
Elvis Costello – Secret, Profane, and Sugarcane (rock)
Costello gets a rootsy
Listen to Elvis Costello “Born on a Day the Sun Didn’t Rise”
Eels– Hombre Lobo (rock)
A werewolf-themed rock set with the barely-under-control energy of the great
Listen to Eels “Tremendous Dynamite”
Big Blind –
Hot electric blues with interesting tunes venturing way beyond the typical twelve bars. Heavy harmonica drives the sound, which creates an eerie funhouse mirror feel that riffs off the album title.
Listen to Big Blind “Like Me”
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation
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