Bettye LaVette: Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

Various Beatles, The Animals, Traffic, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Moody Blues, Eric Clapton, Elton John and The Who get LaVette’d here big time: That means songs you know, like “Wish You Were Here,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Nights In White Satin,” “Love Reign O’er Me” and nine others, get …

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David Byrne & Fatboy Slim: Here Lies Love

Here Lies Love, a beautiful package containing two CDs, a DVD and a 120-page hardcover book, sub-titled “A Song Cycle About Imelda Marcos & Estrella Cumpas,” is the true and fascinating story about the life of Marcos (the widow of the corrupt Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos) and her childhood friend/caretaker. …

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Regina Carter: Reverse Thread

Violinist Regina Carter has crafted an intricate, poly-rhythmic journey steeped in African folk, with strains of worldbeat, gospel, classical, soundtrack (for a movie that doesn’t exist) and even klezmer, but make no mistake about it. This is a jazz album.

It’s trite to call her a genius but she won …

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John Prine & Various Artists: In Person And On Stage & Broken Hearts And Dirty Windows

These two releases capture the state of John Prine, an American songwriter right up there with Randy Newman, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Woody Guthrie, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams. Prine’s a poet, and his observations on the human condition are wry, humorous, universal and profound. He’s the guy who wrote …

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Lenny White: Anomaly / Abstract Logix Records

Just like the jazz of today finds itself in the unique position of actually competing with its own past in terms of record sales, Lenny White’s history of being at the drums for some pivotal moments in music history almost works against him here. He drummed on Miles Davis’s 1970 …

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Shelby Lynne: Tears, Lies & Alibis

One of the greatest voices of her generation, Shelby Lynne, since 19, has been breaking hearts and pouring out her heart in song. Starting out interpretive, but now an accomplished composer, she’s, again, in rare form on the self-released Tears, Lies & Alibis, straddling pop, country, soul and folk …

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John McLaughlin: To The One

I was raised on The Inner Mounting Flame, the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s 1971 debut. I was 20 and thought it was the be-all and end-all. Since then, I’ve stuck with British lead guitarist John McLaughlin’s Indian experiment Shakti, looked up his work with Miles, with drummer Tony Williams, and checked …

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Lori Michaels: Living My Life Out Loud

Anyone who has seen one of Lori Michaels’ wild Atlantic City stage shows knows this self-proclaimed “Dyke Diva” thrives on funky pelvis-thrusting shock value. For her Living My Life Out Loud debut, she likes to hit you over the head with the fact she’s lesbian while asking that musical question, …

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Corinne Bailey Rae: The Sea

Corinne Bailey Rae’s self-titled 2006 debut was a breath of fresh air—light’n’breezy soul happiness that deserved all the awards it won for the 27-year old British singer-songwriter.

Never has a second album been more of a turnaround. Rae’s husband, Jason Rae, died in 2008. The Sea is an apt metaphor …

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Memphis @ Shubert Theater

NEW YORK, NY—It’s Memphis, Tennessee, in 1951 before the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll. Black kids are rockin’ to soulful rhythm ‘n’ blues (as exemplified onstage by some funkin’ dynamic choreography by Sergio Trujillo who choreographed Jersey Boys). White kids are bored by cardboard singers like Perry Coma and radio …

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