24-CARAT BLACK Gone: The Promises Of Yesterday CD
*** "Rediscovered in the early 90s by Britain's rare groove scene, 24-Carat Black's Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth has since been known as their first and final chapter, barely a footnote in the well documented history of Stax. Wildly divergent in tone, scope, and mission, the second 24-Carat Black album is tethered to the first by a single, crucial element: its creator."
CLARK Totems Flare CD
*** "Totems Flare is Clark's boldest yet most accessible effort to date, featuring breakneck Dance, driving Techno and baroque melodics. It's also perhaps his most accessible, as it's the first to feature his own vocals as well as guitar, drums and piano (albeit unrecognizably processed at times)."
SUGAR PIE DESANTO Go Go Power: The Complete Chess Singles 1961-1966 CD
*** "The complete Chess singles of Sugar Pie DeSanto, one of the original female stars of soul. Includes a UK-only gem, three great duets with Etta James and a tremendous previously unissued bonus track. Many titles are new to CD."
BILL FRISELL Disfarmer CD
*** Created as a result of a multimedia work in which Bill Frisell, lap steel guitar player Greg Leisz and violinist Jenny Scheinman played to slides of the late Michael Disfarmer's photos. A work uniquely American, subtly yet stunningly beautiful.
CASS McCOMBS Catacombs CD
*** "Each track of Cass's fourth album is cloaked in shiver inducing melodies that lay the perfect foundation for Cass' true source of transcendence his vocals and lyrics. McCombs carries on transcending fad and fashion to ensure the art of songwriting lives on."
ROSCOE MITCHELL Congliptious CD
*** "A stunning departure in 1968, presenting instrumental solos by bassist Malachi Favors, trumpeter Lester Bowie and saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell and a longer group performance where Mitchell, Lester Bowie and Malachi Favors are joined by Robert Crowder on drums. Also included are two tunes recorded for single release."
BRIDGET ST. JOHN Songs For The Gentle Man CD
*** 1971 album by the British folk-rock singer/songwriter, originally released on John Peel's Dandelion label.