An absolutely beautiful recording of two virtuosos. While bassist Charlie Haden may set the stage with his deep acoustic tone, the architect is the harmonic master pianist Chris Anderson. His resume includes a lengthy position as Dinah Washington's pianist and he served as Herbie Hancock's teacher. This is one of his rare recordings as a leader and, to our ears, undoubtedly his best. Recorded at the Cami Hall in New York in the summer of 1997. (Source: musicdirect.com)
Keith Richards brings the third solo album for the first time since in 23 years. This Japanese edition exclusively features SHM-CD format + bonus track. Keith Richards took his time to complete Crosseyed Heart. It arrives 23 years after Main Offender, his last solo studio album, but also 11 years after A Bigger Bang, the last official Rolling Stones record, but Richards hasn't exactly been quiet in all those years. He helped Mick Jagger flesh out the leftover demos for expanded editions of Exile on Main St. and Some Girls – conspiracists argued some of the writing happened in the new millennium – and toured with the Stones on various anniversaries, but the feather in his cap was Life, the 2010 memoir that established Keith as a razor-sharp raconteur for the masses that may never have paid attention to Talk Is Cheap.
Even more than its predecessor, the aptly titled Dart to the Heart eschews the heavier, more political tendencies that had become synonymous with Bruce Cockburn's music for more than a decade, returning to a more personal, introspective side. The opening track, "Listen for the Laugh," a horn-driven rocker that wouldn't have been out of place on many of his recordings during the '80s, and the almost joyful finality of "Tie Me at the Crossroads," bookend what is primarily more subdued material, including the tender second track, "All the Ways I Want You," which more suitably sets the tone for the album. And though it may not possess the intensity or power of his early-'80s output, Dart to the Heart comes with nearly a quarter century of experience behind it, bringing an insight, depth, and maturity to Cockburn's ventures into love and the mystic. Still, there's just enough outrage and frustration to keep things interesting. Musically, T-Bone Burnett's sympathetic production tastefully and engagingly frames the songs, placing Cockburn's vocal and characteristically superb guitar at center stage.
A few years ago the trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas released “Be Still,” a beautifully poignant album made in response to the loss of his mother. The album also formally unveiled his new band, a young quintet with the creative resources to hit the ground running. “Brazen Heart,” Mr. Douglas’s assured new release, showcases the same group at a more advanced stage in its evolution, as he again tries to transcend grief with art.
If you love blues, jazz, reggae, surf and soul, get down with True Blue ~! Virtuoso musicians who write and play music from a deep and anarchic place. They've worked with some of the world's finest. Credits include playing, recording and/or touring with Donald Fagen, Taj Mahal, Todd Rundgren, Paul Kossoff (Free), Chris Wood (Traffic), The Moody Blues, Charlie Musselwhite, Roberta Flack, Joe Sample and Herb Alpert, among others.
A legend in the Bossa Nova world, surprisingly, Oscar Castro-Neves does not have that many cd's currently available. This is too bad, since this album is outstanding. If you are a fan of Bossa Nova, this album is a must. The XRCD format truly shines in this release. The engineering is so spacious and natural, you have to wonder if audiophile recordings get any better. The guitar plucks, and the impact of the percussion is full and present. It just goes to show that you don't need an SACD player to get master tape sound, as long as you have top notch engineering and remastering.