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Give the gift of music

Published Dec. 8, 2017

Every December I remember signs appearing in record shops everywhere that said, "Give the Gift of Music." While the formats have changed - and then changed again and are now changing back to records - the suggestion remains a solid one.

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Moncur, Rivers are stars of Blue Note reissues

Published Oct. 19, 2008

You know me well enough by now to know that if there are new Blue Note reissues in the shops, then I'm going to tell you about them. Add to that the fact there are some real treasures here, and some that I suspect are new to CD, it's a gimmie.

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Mix tape: July 2008

Published July 1, 2008

Here's a look at the jazz-heavy stack of discs teetering on my desk while I'm at Summerfest...

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Mix tape: March 2008

Published March 31, 2008

This edition of Mix Tape is long overdue, I know it. Sorry for the delay, but here's what's spinning...

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New batch of Blue Notes contains some classics

Published Dec. 10, 2007

I've fallen slightly behind, but recently checked out the latest batch, which arrived in late September. I was thrilled to find some of my favorites among them.

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Mix tape: reissue-ville

Published July 17, 2007

Heartbeat has two new Studio One CDs out and both are new versions of classic LPs already reissued on CD by Heartbeat in the past. Then there's the amazing new Mingus/Dolphy live set.

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Jazz for connoisseurs

Published June 30, 2007

On the heels of the long-awaited reissue of recently-departed jazz pianist Andrew Hill's 1966 "Compulsion" by Blue Note comes a batch of Connoisseur Series reissues that includes the session Hill recorded for Blue Note right after.

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Mix tape: part three

Published May 9, 2007

Here’s part three of a journey through the stack of CDs on my desk. Parts one and two appeared in the Sound Check section in the past week.

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Mix tape: part two

Published May 3, 2007

Here’s part two of a journey through the stack of CDs on my desk. Part one appeared in the Sound Check section last weekend and there’s more to come, so stay tuned.