Although they come few and far between—Wishing Well is his first in nearly a decade—the release of a new Richie Havens album has become both a genuine treat for his devotees and yet another chance for him to easily win lifelong fans.
By far the best item in Legacy's reissue series devoted to the late-'60s/ early-'70s fusion label CTI is the 1970 Freddie Hubbard disc Red Clay—which is, by the way, also the virtuosic trumpeter's most consistently compelling album by a long shot.
Austrian-born singer/songwriter Pina Kollars came to the attention of RealWorld's Peter Gabriel via her duet with Iarla ó Lionáird ("Go on Through") featured on Afro Celt Sound System's Volume 3: Further in Time.
If you came of age in the '70s or '80s, chances are good that you don't see the divide between the type of sweetly soulful Americana practiced by the Jayhawks and the dramatic, whiskey-bent electricity of the Afghan Whigs to be all that vast.
On her third studio release—which features production by Ben Watt and William Orbit, among others—Beth Orton continues blending organic and electronic sounds, mixing them to an often entrancing cohesion.