Jace Everett: Red Revelations

Those who watch HBO’s True Blood will know Jace from his “Bad Things” theme to the popular vampire series.

But that was then and this is now. Red Revelations, his third album, and his first that will no doubt get a fighting chance to be heard, is, indeed, a …

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Joshua Redman: Compass

For his second straight trio album (and 13th overall since 1993), super-talented/adventurously creative tenor and soprano saxophonist Joshua Redman, 40, has taken what he started on 2007’s Back East (acoustic sax/bass/drums) a step further on Compass. The previous album used Sonny Rollins’ seminal 1957 Way Out West as a …

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Various Artists: Hommage A Nesuhi

To put one man’s lifework in the confines of a box may be a daunting task for someone whose history is as plentiful as producer Nesuhi Ertegun (1917-1989) but Rhino, in this five-disc spectacular, has succeeded admirably. The brother of the greatest “record man” ever, Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi, over 12 …

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McCoy Tyner: Guitars

Pianist McCoy Tyner, after being in one of the alltime great jazz quartets in history with saxman John Coltrane, drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison (1961-1965), has continued exploring the outer limits of his instrument’s potential. Now, at 70, he’s still experimenting and defining the essence of “modern jazz.”…

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Mavis Staples: We’ll Never Turn Back

Now 68, Mavis Staples still has that lowball growly soulful swoon of a voice that can move mountains. For her first album in three years, she’s taken songs associated with the civil rights movement of the 1960s and infused them with the funky strut of syncopated surprise.

Produced by Ry …

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