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Matt Wilson Quartet

Ken Shimamoto
Coming up for air in the middle of a period of obsessive listening to the 1964 Charles Mingus band with Eric Dolphy, I slipped this disc into the player and was surprised and delighted to discover a jazz release as fiery and fe...


Bigelf

Justin Press
Bigelf’s metallic circus-influenced music is a quilt of T.Rex, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, The Beatles, and Pink Floyd. It’s essentially a six-pack of kick ass. But the foursome, with their stovepipe hats and turn-o...



Nels Cline, Alex Cline

Ken Shimamoto
Guitarist Nels Cline makes music in a mind-boggling variety of contexts: from relatively mainstream artsy roots-rock with Wilco, to experimental skronk-skree in variously sized groups with all manner of folks, to a sort of rock...


Justin Townes Earle

Tom Geddie
Justin Townes Earle’s second CD, Midnight at the Movies, is not quite country and not quite folk, but it’s as deeply rooted in both of those similar traditions as it is comfortable in its variety, its seriousness, a...



Corey Wilkes & Abstrakt Pulse

Ken Shimamoto
Surprise: Band name and title notwithstanding, Cries from tha Ghetto isn’t a hip-hop album. Rather, it’s the second album from a 30-year-old trumpeter who had the unenviable task of replacing Lester Bowie, one of th...


Ray Reed

Ken Shimamoto
It’s a great miscarriage of fortune for the Fort Worth blues scene that Lady Pearl Johnson never released any recordings during her lifetime. Sure, there were some live club tapes she might have opted to release, but sadl...



Jessica Lure Ensemble

KEN SHIMAMOTO
Seattle’s all-woman Tiptons Sax Quartet was originally called the Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet in honor of the big-band musician who lived as a man for half a century but was posthumously discovered to be a wom...


Unknown Instructors

Ken Shimamoto
Sorry, kids. This isn’t the resurgence of unsung and never-properly-recorded Dallas outfit Funland. Rather, it’s the third installment of a poetry-rock project with punk rock-turned-experimental musos, helmed by Ohi...



Vijay Iyer & Fieldwork

Ken Shimamoto
The hype surrounding jazz pianist Vijay Iyer is frighteningly reminiscent of the ocean of ink that greeted the arrival of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the “young lions” back in the ’80s. But Iyer delivers the...


X

Ken Shimamoto
Talking records with an Aussie chum recently, I professed to be impressed that the Beatles’ first album was recorded in just 10 hours. “That’s nothing,” he said. “X made X-Aspirations in just five....