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John Coltrane

Blue World

Impulse

It’s Lost and Found time again in jazz. Blue World is a “previously unissued” set of Van Gelder studio recordings made in 1964 by saxophonist John Coltrane’s famous quartet of that time—himself on tenor, McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums). Reportedly excerpts from this session found their way into a French-Canadian film soundtrack, so at best it’s mislaid, not lost. Like A Love Supreme, it’s short (36 minutes), but concentrated Coltrane is better than hours of lesser musicians. There are multiple takes of several tunes—ballads, blues—the foursome in repose.

– Bruce Collier

Samantha Fish

Kill or Be Kind

Rounder

Blues guitarist-singer Samantha Fish can sing like the voice of your ex-girlfriend—the one you prayed you’d never see again—shouting across a barroom. She can also caress a note like Billie Holiday, and seduce you where you stand. And golly gee, can she play a guitar. Kill or Be Kind is her sixth album, pretty amazing for someone only 30 years old. Onstage photos show her half-dancing, half-throttling her instrument; these 11 songs perfectly illustrate how much juice she can squeeze out of it. Check out the YouTube video of her with Buddy Guy—he looks bewitched.

– Bruce Collier

Florian Noack

Profokiev – Visions Fugitives

La Dolce Vita

Florian Noack is a 29-year-old Belgian pianist who took up his instrument at age four. He’s played and recorded Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and now Sergei Prokofiev. Visions Fugitives offers 32 songs by the Russian composer, whose output included symphonies, operas (one based on War and Peace), music for ballets and films, and works for piano, woodwinds and strings. Prokofiev was passionately “modern,” and this album offers a sampling showcasing the maestro’s restless, widely varying tastes—a program piece, vignettes, etudes and sonatas. He was also a pianist, giving Noack a chance to display his formidable talents to maximum advantage.

– Bruce Collier

Tony Pasko

De Luna

Independent

A little context—the name De Luna is a nod to Tristán de Luna, the explorer and conquistador whose claim to fame is having the earliest multi-year European settlement in the continental United States…where Pensacola now stands. Like explorers before him, Pasko now calls Pensacola home. His music has been featured on a slew of A&E and Discovery Channel shows, and listening to De Luna, you’ll understand exactly why. His ability to capture a mood, a style (in this case predominantly Spanish), and work in theatrical ebbs and flows makes him a desirable asset for the entertainment industry. And it makes De Luna an engaging album.

– Nikki Hedrick

Red and the Revelers

The Wizard and the Witch

Independent

Calling themselves a “coastal soul band,” this Mobile-based group dips their toes into everything. As soon as you think you can safely declare a genre for descriptive purposes, a horn breakdown comes in and unravels your theory. So what are they? Call this Gumbo Music, a big wonderful dish full of tradition and influences slow-cooked to perfection. But like any gumbo, the roux is the most important part—and here that’s Red Padilla’s distinctive voice. P.S.—“ Astaroth’s Lament” should be on every adult’s Halloween playlist.

– Nikki Hedrick

EDITOR’S CHOICE

World Spirituality Classics 2: The Time for Peace Is Now. Superb funk-and-soul-infused collection—13 songs that haven’t been compiled to death (or at all?), and you’ll wonder how you got by without any of them for this long.

 

Raphael Saadiq, Jimmy Lee. A chilling and heartbreaking elegy to his late brother, this may be Mr. Saadiq’s best work since Tony! Toni! Toné! Sons of Soul (1993). “Rikers Island” fulfills Chuck D’s “black CNN” aspirations, and it’s so catchy you’ll find yourself singing along…careful, white people.

 

The Beatles, Abbey Road (Super Deluxe Edition). Nothing much, just the best-loved band of all time’s final masterpiece, and a couple discs worth of outtakes that make you feel like you’re right there with ‘em. Making a Yoko of yourself.

– Chris Manson

 


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