As serious a musician as he is, and as virtuosic as he can be, the naturally extroverted Christian McBride knows how to entertain, a talent generously evident in this live performance.
From the pounded opening bars of “Prove It All Night,” it’s revelatory to see a young, lithe Bruce Springsteen as he prowls his domain, cocks his guitar, and belts his impassioned vignettes of blue-collar struggles and dreams.
Peter Heise’s King and Marshal (1878), one of the most-performed Danish operas, is melodic and atmospheric, here sung and played persuasively.
The album is not so much a step forward as a distillation of what The War on Drugs has always done well.
A mightily played, deeply felt, and finely recorded album from Trio Con Brio.
Two recent books offer illuminating, behind-the-scenes looks at beloved soul music labels. .
Once again, Billy Strings pulled an exhilarating assemblage of musical influences under a big tent.
Singular folksinger Karen Dalton never made it to the big time. A new documentary suggests why.
The presence of veteran drummer Jack DeJohnette ties together two new releases.
The artists on this expansive tribute frequent different genres, but they find ways into these songs that play to their respective strengths while also deftly showcasing the underlying sturdiness of Neal Casal’s material.