A double-CD sophomore set may seem a little, well, cheeky. But for sometime Erykah Badu background singer N'Dambi, it's simply insurance that those who didn't hear her freshman effort, 1999's Little Girl Lost Blues, won't miss out again. This collection includes reworked versions of many
Gary Allan has flirted with a major breakthrough on three previous releases, and with any luck, Alright Guy's edgier, superbly chosen fare will take him over the top. It's his best album yet, from the backbone of "Man to Man" and the fiddle-laced bad-boy cut "The Devil's Candy" to the reverb-drenched ballad "What I'd Say." Allan kicks it into high gear with the pounding "Man of Me" and delivers smooth-as-silk Western lounge on Luke Reed's "Adobe Walls." Savvy production and Allan's retro delivery
Ever-prolific avant-Americana guitarist Bill Frisell continues his Nonesuch odyssey with this trio that includes two jazz heavyweights: bassist Dave Holland (former Miles Davis band member and current ECM recording artist) and drum legend Elvin Jones (one-quarter of the classic John Coltrane Quartet of the '60s and still an indefatigable rhythmist).
In trumpeting Quincy Jones' 50-plus years as a musician/songwriter/producer/arranger, this four-CD package does an admirable job with an admittedly daunting task. Working under a no-boundary clause, the 26-time Grammy winner and musical cultivator has masterfully segued from swing and bebop
There was a good deal of fruitful cross talk between Cuban and African music in the past century. The payoff is the current Afro-Cuban sound that's such a prominent world style. This Rough Guide compilation offers an authoritative Afro-Cuban sampling, and the sonic variety is bracing. Lazaro Ros' santeria vibe is an elemental music, while Cheikh Lô combines Senegalese mbalax and Cuban rhythms, Manu Dibango fuses makossa with Cuarteto Patria's classic son style, and Dakar's Orchestra Baobob works mbalax and salsa in the Wolof language. The melodic, son-influenced groove of the Gambian group Super Eagles is a gentle sound and a marked contrast to the brass-rich stylings of Guinea's Balla