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Reviews 53
This month Ira Carter looks at releases from Jorma Kaukonen, Roswell Rudd, the Fatback Band and some swell sounds from Ghana. Read the reviews.

David Weiner is spinning platters and we're listening to his vintage sounds! New re-issues from Noel Coward, Tony Perkins, Ozzie Nelson, Alice Faye, jane Russell and some swell old musicals all make the grade. Read the reviews.

Lucky Strike
Editor Steve Sando picks his recent favorite recordings for your approval. Tom Waits, to Elaine Stritch to Bea Arthur to Keely Smith to Megan Mullally, there's surely something for all tastes. Read the reviews.

Elis Regina, Continued
Dan Caine's really nice tribute to the Brazilian diva continues with an in-depth view of her recordings. Read the article.


and from the archives:

Reviews 52
Elis Regina
Lucky Strike: Pinky Winters, Deanna Storey, Retta & the Smart Fellas, Lalo Schifrin, Brent Jensen/David Sills Quartet, Byron Wall, Frank Lamphere and Billie Holiday

Reviews 51
Gene Krupa: Boogie, Ballads and Be-Bop: The Best of the Columbia Years

Lucky Strike: Stax, Jessica Molasky, Soul Food , Merle Haggard, Bonnie Bramlett, Porter Hall Tennessee, Zuco 103, Laura Nyro

Reviews 50
Generoso Jiminez: Que Buena Toca Ud.
Janis Siegel: I Wish You Love
New and Notable

Reviews 49
Sing, Cowboy, Sing: The Riders in the Sky
American Roots Music (DVD Review)

Reviews 47
Joyce Breach and William Roy: Love Is The Thing
Holiday Magic (of a fashion) from Barbra Streisand and Nancy Wilson
Toni Harper: All about Toni

Reviews 46
Janice Mars: Intrroducing Janice Mars
Alex Pangman: Can't Stop Me From Dreaming
Leon Russell: Signature Songs

Reviews 45
Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys: Boot Heel Drag
Maci Miller: A Very Good Night
New and Notable

Reviews 44
Tito Nieves: En Otra Onda
Joanie Sommers: Let's Talk About Love

Reviews 43
Riders in the Sky Present:A Pair of Kings
Hot Club of Cowtown: Dev'lish Mary
Fantastic Plastic Machine: Beautiful
The George Shearing Quintet: Back to Birdland

Reviews 42
Spade Cooley: Shame On You

Etta Jones: Hollar!
Bobby Hackett: Soft Lights and Bobby Hackett/In a Mellow Mood
Celia Cruz: Siempre Vivere'

Reviews 41
Why We Love Billie Holiday Part 2: Consuming Billie
Monica Mancini

Reviews 40
Why We Love Billie Holiday
Tom Wopat: The Still of the Night
Keely Smith: Keely Sings Sinatra

Reviews 39
Mark Levine & the Latin Tinge: Hey It's Me
Marti Brom: Feudin' and Fightin'
Various Artists: Blue Brazil 3

Reviews 38
Jimmy Smith: Dot Com Blues
Manny Oquendo y Libre: Los New Yorkinos
Curtis Fuller with Hampton Hawes: With French Horns
Nat "King" Cole: The King Swings and Songs of Stage and Screen

Book Review
Follow the Music by Jac Holzman

Reviews 37
Keely Smith Is Under Our Skin
An Appreciation
A Discography
Some Swell Photos

Reviews 36
Jingle Bell Jive: Suggestions for Gifting, Listening and Shopping

Reviews 35
Various Artists: The Stax Story
Bobby Darin: Mack Is Back (DVD Review)
Andy Bey and the Bey Sisters
Various Artists: Just Another Taste of Electronic Boogaloo
Sue Tucker: Meant For You

Volume 34
Shirley Bassey: I Capricorn
Various Artists: New Coat of Paint
Ruth Wallis: Boobs!
Barbara Lea & Keith Ingham: Mad About the Boy

Volume 33
Peggy Lee: Rare Gems and Hidden Treasures
Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg: Humoresque
Shelby Lynne: I Am Shelby Lynne
Vince Guaraldi & Bola Sete: Vince & Bola
Johnny Green & Carroll Gibbons: Friends in Harmony

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Volume 32
The Blazers: Puro Blazers
Various Artists: From the Vaults
Jonah Jones: I Dig Jonah!

Volume 31
Rosemary Clooney: Clap Hands! Here Comes Rosie! and Fancy Meeting You Here (with Bing Crosby)
LaVerne Baker: LaVerne Baker Sings Bessie Smith
Charles Brown: In a Grand Style
Book Review: Strange Fruit by David Margolick

Volume 30
Yves Montand: Politics & Art
The Supreme Music Program: The Sweetheart Break-In
Freddy Cole: Merry-Go-Round
Faith Prince: A Leap of Faith

Volume 29
Book Reviews: Rosemary Clooney, Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra
Ruth Brown: Here's That Rainy Day
Susana Baca: Eco de Sombras (Echo of Shadows)

Volume 28
Louis Armstrong: I've Got the World on a String & Louis Under the Stars
Teri Thornton: I'll Be Easy to Find
Alex Pangman : They Say
Original Soundtrack Recording: Men With Guns

Volume 27
Hoagy Carmichael
Zuco 103: Outro Lado
Cleo Brown: The Legendary Cleo Brown

Volume 26
Millie Jackson: Between the Sheets
Ibrahim Ferrer: Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer
Crystal Gayle: Sings the Heart & Soul of Hoagy Carmichael
Tony Bennett: Sings the Ellington Hot & Cool

Volume 25
We Like Brazil
Aretha Frankin (Book Review)
Peggy Lee: Blues Cross Country
Luscious Jackson: Electric Honey
Ursula 1000: The Now Sound of Ursula 1000
Original Soundtrack: The 10th Victim


Volume 24
Hula Fever

Volume 23

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Natalie Cole: Snowfall on the Sahara
Mongo Santamaria: Skin on Skin
Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace
WAR: Grooves & Messages

Volume 22
Doris Day: Golden Girl
Chris Montez: Digitally Remastered Best
Original Cast: Gypsy
Maria Muldaur: Take Me Where They Play the Blues

Volume 21
The Keely Smith Interview

Volume 20

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Vikki Carr: It Must Be Him / The Way of Today

Ricardo Ray: Se Solto "On the Loose"
Abbey Lincoln: Wholly Earth
BossaCucaNova: Revisited Classics
Why We Dig Ethel Merman

Volume 19
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The Beny Moré Story
Beny Moré CDs
Peggy King: Oh What a Memory We Made Tonight
Jump With Joey: Swingin´ Ska Goes South of the Border
Slim & Slam: The Complete Recordings
Barbra Streisand: Back to Broadway

Volume 18
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Papo Vasquez: At the Point V. One
Various Artists: House of Blues Swings

Volume 17
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Charles Brown on Compact Disc
Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings
Tito Rodriguez: Estoy Como Nunca
Viento de Agua: De Puerto Rico al Mundo

Volume 16

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Bobby Darin
Dead Ringer: Atomic Cocktail
Various Artists: Beat at Cinecitta
Ferrante & Teicher: Blast Off!
Montefiori Cocktail: Raccolta No.1
Fatal Mambo: Fatal Mambo

Volume 15
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Bette Midler: Bathhouse Betty
Various Artists: The Look of Love
Otis Rush: Any Place I´m Going
Los Super Seven: Los Super Seven
Beach Party

Volume 14

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June Christy: Gone for the Day & Fair & Warmer
Rotterdam Conservatory & Orch la Moderna Trad: Danzon
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: The Complete Ella & Louis on Verve
Fantcha: Criolinha
Gene Harris & Jack McDuff: Down Home Blues
Phoebe Snow: I Can´t Complain
Celia Cruz: Mi Vida es Cantar
Celia Cruz: Catalogie of Classic Recordings

Volume 13
The Barry Sisters: Side by Side
Lalo Schifren: Schifren/Sade
Ramona: Ramona & Her Grand Piano
Orchesta Gitano: Salsa Gitano
Patrick Williams & His Big Band: Sinatraland

Volume 12
Pink Martini: Sympathique
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: The Hottest New Group in Jazz
Ricardo Ray: Jala Jala Boogaloo Vol. 2
Other Boogaloo Reccomendations

Volume 11
There's a Younger Generation Knocking on the Door
Joey Altruda: Cocktails with Joey
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Likkers:
One Hour Mama

Squirrel Nut Zippers: Hot
Tipsy: The Seductive Sounds of Tipsy

Volume 10
Exploding the French Myth
Edith Piaf
Charles Trenét
Jean Sablon
Miharu Koshi
Baguette Quartette
Serge Gainsbourg

Volume 9
Alfredo Rodriguez: Cuba Linda
Korla Pandit / Karla Pundit
Charles Brown: Just a Lucky So & So
Red Garland: Red Garland's Piano
Joannie Sommers: Look Out! It's Joannie Sommers
Book Review: Precious and Few
Jackie Gleason: The Romantic Moods of Jackie Gleason
Simon Shaheen: The Music of Mohamed Abdel Wahab

Volume 8
Yma Sumac on Compact Disc
Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars: Mexican Passport
Jesus Alemany: Cuabnismo
Nnenah Freelon: Shaking Free
Descarga Boricua: Abrazate
Arthur Lyman: Taboo
Mina: Napoli
Dianne Reeves: The Grand Encounter

Volume 7
Les Baxter: the Exotic World of Les Baxter
Carlinhos Brown: Alfagambetizado
Al DiMeola: DiMeola Plays Piazzolla
Various Artists: The Young Flamencos
Various Artists: Bachelor in Paradise
Twist with Louis & Keely
Angelique Kidjo: Aye

Volume 6
Mel Torme: The Mel Torme Collection
Cesaria Evora: Mar Azul & Miss Perfumado
Martin Denny: Exotica I&II
Sammy Davis, Jr.: The Wham of Sam
Nancy Wilson: Ballads, Blues and Big Bands
Let's Go: Mexico!

Volume 5
Original Soundtrack Recording: La Dolce Vita & Giulietta degli Spiriti
Martin Denny :Afro-Desia
B-Tribe: Suave Suave
Keely Smith :Dearly Beloved
The Friends of Dean Martinez :The Shadow of Your Smile
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 :Fool on the Hill
More Maxine Sullivan
Lou Rawls :For You My Love
Yomo Toro: Gracias

Volume 4
The Lounge Revival
Bebo Valdés: Bebo Rides Again
Annie Ross: Gypsy
Various Artists: The Sound Gallery, Volume 1
Timbalada: Dance
The Chico Hamilton Quintet
Eydie Gormé: Eydie Swings the Blues
Xavier Cugat: The Early Years

Volume 3
Nat King Cole :Wild is Love
Eddie Torres: Dance City
Peggy Lee: Black Coffee and Other Delights
Sextetto Aché-:Cuba
Bobby Darin: That's All
Chocolate Armenteros: Guaguanco a Todos Los Barrios
More Billy Eckstine
Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco: Celia & Johnny
Lucky Peterson: Beyond Cool
The Czech Symphony: The Symphonic Fellini/Rota
Peggy Lee: Spotlight on...Peggy Lee
Aru Ketu: Bom Demais, Aru Ketu and Aru Ketu de Periperi
Robert Mitchum: Calypso- Is Like So...

Volume 2
United Future Organization: No Sound Is Too Taboo
Maxine Sullivan: Together
Various Artists: Mambo Mania!
Billy Eckstine: Billy's Best
Various Artists: Danzon
Dizzy Gillespie: The Champ
Keely Smith: Spotlight on Keely Smith
Various Artists: Accordeon 1913-1941
Rene Touzet: The Best of Rene Touzet
Shyam Brass Band: Street Music, Vol. 3
Henry Mancini: The Music from Peter Gunn
Eddie Palmieri & His Orchestra: Molasses
Judy Garland: The Complete Decca Masters (Plus)
Xiomara Alfaro: Siboney: Lo Mejor de Xiomara Alfaro, Vol. 1/
Various Artists: Voices of Cool: The Atlantic Jazz Vocals, Volumes I & II
Edie Gorme y Trios Los Panchos: 24 Grandes Canciones
Susannah McCorkle: From Broadway to Bebop
The Beau Hunks: The Beau Hunks Play the Originial Little Rascals
Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderly

Volume 1
Vocal Sampling: Una Forma Mas
Spain: The Blue Moods of Spain
Various Artists: The History of Space Age Pop, Vols. 1-3

Hazel Scott: Relaxed Piano Moods
Various Artists: Disques Vogue In Paris: Highlights
Diane Reeves: Quiet After The Storm
Alan Broadbent Trio: Pacific Standard Time
Beny Moré: The Very Best of Beny Moré Vols. 1 & 2
Albita: No Se Parece a Nada


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