Enzo Rataggi

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10 Stellar '70s Guitar Tones You May Have Missed

Even with all the classic examples of great '70s guitar sounds—from Zep to Sabbath to Floyd to Boston to Van Halen to ZZ Top—you may be missing a …

The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time

“As ignorable as it is interesting.” That’s the classic definition of ambient music, stated by Brian Eno in 1978 on the sleeve notes to his album <i>Ambient 1:</i> <i>Music for Airports</i>. And he should know, since he basically invented the genre three years earlier with his album <i>Discreet Music</i>. But while Eno’s …

Ambient Music

The 50 Greatest Live Jazz Albums

For many of us, when it is played live is the best way to hear jazz. The unbridled spontaneity of brilliant musicians at the very top of the game, …

John Coltrane

The ten best jazz records of 2016

<b>1. Mary Halvorson Octet, Away With You</b> (Firehouse 12)<p>Last year guitarist Mary Halvorson released one of her best albums, a peculiar solo recording of …

Horns

The Best Jazz Albums of 2016

It's that time of the year again. Here are my picks for the 10 best new jazz albums of 2016—and the four best historical releases:<p><b>New:</b><br>Henry …

Audiophile

A Few More Thoughts About the Top 10 Jazz List(s)

I took another look at the blog I posted on December 21 ("The Best Jazz Albums of 2016"), a few more thoughts came to mind.<p>With one exception (#5, …

Ten Best Jazz Albums of 2016

<b>2. Donny McCaslin</b>, <i>Beyond Now</i> (Motema) – Saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his group collaborated with Davie Bowie on his final album, <i>Blackstar</i>. While …

10 Classic Jazz Albums Every Man Should Own

The Distilled Man - Essential Skills for GentlemenFor many people jazz is an acquired taste.Like your first sip of beer or coffee growing up, jazz …

Soul Music

31 Concept Albums You May Have Missed

As long as there have been records, there have been concept albums. As early as Frank Sinatra’s In the Wee Small Hours, with its songs about lost …

Jack White