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Hammer, Too Legit to Quit (Capitol Records)

The title says it all. In an outlaw medium (i.e. rap), Hammer is way too legit. According to the press release accompanying this record, he’s sold “13.5 million units.” He’s […]

Little Feat, Shake Me Up (Morgan Creek Records)

The latest from Little Feat combines the old with the new as the Feat continues to develop a sound sleeker than that of the Lowell George-led version. The new sound […]

The Chick Corea Elektric Band, Beneath the Mask (GRP Records)

You can always expect some of the best musicianship anywhere from a Chick Corea album. Bassist John Patitucci and drummer Dave Weckl are two of the most renowned musicians at […]

Stephen Scott, Something to Consider (Verve Records)

Stephen Scott is a former Harper Brothers Band pianist. His first solo album features such noteworthy players as Joe Henderson, Jeff Watts and Roy Hargrove, as well as his own […]

Donald Harrison, For Art’s Sake (Candid Records)

From the first note to the last, Donald Harrison and his group swing as if their lives depended on it. This is the first U.S. recording of the band he […]

Johnny Griffin, The Cat (Antilles Records)

Johnny Griffin’s first U.S. recording in too many years is everything that you’d expect from someone who has worked with Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey—hard swinging! What one is immediately […]

Bebop and Beyond, Bebop and Beyond Plays Dizzy Gillespie (Enja Records)

This reviewer will have to admit to not expecting much from this CD, having been disappointed by an earlier recording this year by Dizzy Gillespie—namely, the Live at Festival Hall […]

Johnny Adams, Johnny Adams Sings Doc Pomus: The Real Me (Rounder Records)

This album is a tribute to the late, great Doc Pomus, the co-author of such classics as “Lonely Avenue,” “Little Sister,” and “Save the Last Dance for Me.” It continues […]

Champion Jack Dupree, Forever and Ever (Rounder Records)

Back Home in New Orleans, the legendary Champion Jack’s first-ever recording in New Orleans, was released last year to universal praise. However, Forever and Ever does that LP—which seemed to […]

Van Halen, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (Warner Brothers Records)

Ever since the sappy “Jump” became Van Halen’s first chart-topping single, the band has pursued melody at the expense of the mischievous abandon that fueled its earlier records. But with […]