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John Ellis, By a Thread (Hyena)

John Ellis recently ended a five-year stint in guitarist Charlie Hunter’s popular trio, and now he’s concentrating on leading his own band and developing his personal style. He is an […]

Jonathan Batiste, Live in New York (Independent)

Jonathan Batiste has arrived. On his first album, Times in New Orleans, the 19-year-old New Orleans native tackled a breathtaking range of styles but never quite found his own sound. […]

Cat Power, The Greatest (Matador Records)

The new release from Cat Power, a.k.a. Chan Marshall, opens with “The Greatest,” a song of gauzy beauty. A lament to failed ambitions, it moves with the sad gait of […]