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The Stanley Clarke Band

The Message

Mack Avenue Records

Bass legend Clarke and his band—twentysomethings Beka Gochiashvili (piano), Cameron Graves (keyboards) and Mike Mitchell (drums)—step out into a fusion festival on The Message. It’s only natural that Clarke chose young players—he himself was gigging at age 15, before moving on to sit in with Chick Corea and Return to Forever, Pharaoh Saunders, Art Blakey and other giants. The lush, spacey and occasionally majestic sounds that emerge from this quartet would do justice to a much large combo. Some low-key tracks give the musicians time to sit back and just enjoy their playing.

– Bruce Collier

John Coltrane

Both Directions at Once

Impulse!

This is the latest “lost album” from saxophonist John Coltrane. It was reportedly recorded in March of 1963 at the legendary Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey studio of Rudy Van Gelder. With Coltrane are McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums). There’s some dispute over how “lost” the album is, but the tapes were in the possession of Coltrane’s first wife’s family. It’s a mixed bag, sometimes rough, with tracks labeled “Untitled Original” and alternate takes (always a joy for collectors). Whether you’re a Coltrane fan or just a jazz history buff, you have no choice but to listen.

– Bruce Collier

Ryan Durham

You’re There

Independent

Tallahassee-based contemporary Christian artist knows how to pack an emotional punch. With soaring vocals and beautiful, evocative production, Durham is apt to make a few new fans. This is a skillful release from a local artist working in a genre that is woefully underexplored in the region. You’re There is a top-notch album that will help diversify the music community a bit more.

– Nikki Hedrick

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams

Vanished Gardens

Blue Note

Jazz saxman and reedist Lloyd would likely describe himself as a world musician, whose work has “danced on many shores,” but he is a Memphis native. You can hear that from the first bars of Vanished Gardens. Lloyd is joined by power quartet The Marvels (featuring Bill Frisell, amen) and blues-country singer and songwriter Lucinda Williams. There’s a lot of stuff going on here—you can pick up jazz, blues, country, rock and folk. Lloyd lets his hounds loose to follow their own respective trails. He remains a presence on most tracks, though, trailing along on multiple instruments.

– Bruce Collier

Oracle

Into the Unknown

Independent

Mobile, Alabama’s Oracle serve up a striking blend of atmospheric and brutal takes on metal. Avoiding trends, they give birth to a refined death-metal adjacent album full of blast beats and evil guitar solos. But if you think all metal can be summed up in loud noise and growled lyrics, give “A Breathless October” a spin. It’s a haunting, cinematic instrumental that might flip your perspective about just how encompassing the genre can be.

– Nikki Hedrick

Out of the Question

In Two

Independent

Pensacola indie rockers meld the worlds of garage experimentation and alternative vibe. The two-person studio project revels in post-genre sensibilities, with lyrics ranging from the morose to the offbeat (I’m looking at you, “Little Red Golfcarts”). Songs like “Willful Ignorance (Tried To Pretend)”—with its choppy guitar riff and catchy chorus—underscores Out of the Question’s strong songwriting ability.

– Nikki Hedrick

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