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Flora Purim - The Magicians

One of mainstream-minded Concord's few so-called crossover projects -- hence the separate label -- this isn't a very successful venture, a hodgepodge of this and that, recorded with a flat commercial sheen. Misleadingly, the CD opens with Flora singing the blues on the Cheathams' "Sweet Baby Blue...

Minutemen - The Punch Line

The Minutemen may have come out of the same California hardcore scene that produced Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Fear, but they not only bore little resemblance to their West Coast contemporaries, they didn't sound much like anyone else in American rock at that time. The Punch Line was the band'...

Daniel Wang - Berlin Sunrise

New-jack dance producers can attempt to clone the brand of post-Italo-disco that Daniel Wang has been developing since long before they wore out their Superchunk records. It's pointless. Wang knows his history like no one else and is smart enough not to replicate any part of it, and he can create...

Dave Scott - Naivete

Veteran jazz educator and trumpeter Dave Scott has a lot to offer in his second Steeplechase CD, contributing seven demanding originals. With tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, pianist Gary Versace, bassist John Hebert and drummer Jeff Williams, all of whom work with Scott from time to time (while als...

Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay

This may be Freddie Hubbard's finest moment as a leader, in that it embodies and utilizes all of his strengths as a composer, soloist, and frontman. On Red Clay, Hubbard combines hard bop's glorious blues-out past with the soulful innovations of mainstream jazz in the 1960s, and reads them throug...

D'Oyly Carte Opera Company - Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance [1968 Recording]

This is a reissue of a very well-performed and fun-filled recording from 1968 by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, which includes the dialog. The cast and chorus bring out the humor of the operetta by taking their parts seriously. The dialog is not delivered with the singsong, exaggerated sentiment...

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