PLAYLIST, Week 5, 2014

  • Max Johnson Trio, The Invisible Trio: excellent small group contemporary jazz, led by bassist Johnson and featuring Kurt Knuffke at his finest.
  • Bernard Haitink Symphonies Edition: necessary for fans of the conductor and/or lovers of Mahler and Bruckner. But hidden in plain sight is a marvelous feature—this box is the major romantic symphonic repertoire, complete: Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Tchaikovsky. If you want all that music, this is single-stop shopping.
  • Colin Edward & Lorenzo Feliciati, Twinscapes: an upcoming release on the exciting Rare Noise label, and a near great recording. Hard hitting grooves and exceptionally sharp bass playing are undercut by a couple soft-as-marshmallow tracks. Cut out the ballads, and this kicks ass up and down the sidewalk.