While the Music Lasts

While the Music Lasts

Jesse Harris wrote five songs featured on Norah Jones' enormously successful debut, "Come Away With Me." Now he takes a substantial step in emerging from her shadow with "While the Music Lasts." A veteran of New York's Lower East Side club scene, Harris' superlative songwriting skills are marked not only by his laid-back melodies and intuitive arrangements but also by a keen sense of economy.
Friends Seen and Unseen

Friends Seen and Unseen

Recalling his debut as a leader more than a decade ago, guitarist Charlie Hunter steps out in a trio, with John Ellis on tenor sax, bass clarinet and flute as well as drummer Derrek Phillips (both alums of Hunter's quintet).
Power in the House

Power in the House

Philadelphia's Williams Sisters dented the gospel top 10 in 1996 with their indie debut.
Ready to Die

Ready to Die

"It was all a dream . . ." is one of many quotable lyrics from the Notorious B.I.G.'s debut set, "Ready to Die.
The Godfather of British Blues/The Turning Point

The Godfather of British Blues/The Turning Point

This DVD includes two rockumentaries: a vintage 24-minute program focusing on the renowned British blues linchpin's 1969 acoustic album, "The Turning Point," and a comprehensive 59-minute recap of Mayall's extraordinary career climaxing with his 70th birthday concert in Liverpool, England, last year.
Lazy Afternoon

Lazy Afternoon

Regina Belle is well-known by the R&B/pop rank and file. She has scored two No. 1 R&B hits ("Baby Come to Me," "Make It Like It Was").
License to Chill

License to Chill

Tropical troubadour Jimmy Buffett interprets some of his favorite songs and offers up a few new originals.
Back to Basics

Back to Basics

It's funny what a little stateside action can do for a reggae act.
Imperfecta/Imperfect

Imperfecta/Imperfect

Teenage rocker JD Natasha's "Imperfecta/ Imperfect" is a strong debut that brings to mind Shakira's breaking album, "Pies Descalzos." But unlike so many other young female Latin singers, Natasha doesn't try to emulate Shakira.
I Pray

I Pray

This Fort Wayne, Ind., home girl broke into national consciousness last year with the rhythmic/pop-charting ballad "Angel" and album of the same name.
Mojave

Mojave

Concrete Blonde's "Mojave" is a sonic love affair with the desert of that name and its inhabitants—be they human or otherwise.
The F-Ups

The F-Ups

The term "punk-pop" is an oxymoron: One reason punk was born was in rebellion against pop music.
Houses of the Molé

Houses of the Molé

Count Ministry among the acts that are ticked off at President Bush.

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