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Old Master
Jackie McLean's new offhandedly idiosyncratic "Nature Boy" marks the 67-year-old alto saxophonist as an old master. [02-21-00]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Yes He Could
Sammy Davis Jr.'s image may be camp, but he was still one of the most mesmerizing pop singers ever to mine the standard repertoire. [12-07-99]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Cover Boy
Bryan Ferry's "As Time Goes By" dips into classics from the late '20s and '30s and for the first time in a long time -- and it reaches with a human touch. [11-08-99]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Bennett's Blues
When Tony Bennett sings Duke Ellington, what's not to like? The harp! The harp! [10-25-99]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Piano Man
When Horace Silver arrived in the early '50s, he was an innovative reactionary, one of those hard-bop musicians who were redirecting jazz away from the limpid nuances of cerebral cool. [09-13-99]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

This Time
Los Lobos continue with their roots mastery intact, but with their new CD, "This Time," they've evolved into a darkly progressive, pretty much unclassifiable aggregate. [08-09-99]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Rare Beef
The five-CD set "Grow Fins" is intended for hardcore Captain Beefheart fans, but that's fine because those are just about the only kind of fans Beefheart has. [07-26-99]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Landmark Dylan
The infamous bootleg of Dylan at the Albert Hall (not) is now an official release, and it's every bit the landmark recording insiders always said it was. [10-12-98]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Groove, Holmes!
Jazz's Medeski Martin and Wood's "Combustication" eclecticism makes for a good party, but no new ground in broken. [08-24-98]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Stick 'Em Up
Price uses his well-developed gift for seamy reportage and his knack for veristic melodrama to focus on the thorny topic of race. [06-15-98]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

No Rimbaud
On his self-titled CD, Rufus Wainwright unselfconsciously recalls the good old days when a song was a shapely verse and a catchy chorus. [05-18-98]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Re-Ledded
"Walking into Clarksdale" is all a satisfying reverberation from Led Zep's past, and it's certainly not Page & Plant's fault if nothing sticks. [04-20-98]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Bedtime Reading
Jonathan Coe's "House of Sleep" moves away from the glittering surfaces of satire into deeper waters. [03-16-98]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Slick 'ric
Eric Clapton's new CD, Pilgrim, manages to be pleasant without pleasing. [03-09-98]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Captain Kirk
A three-disc potpourri of material the late multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk suggests artistry behind gimmickry. [01-05-98]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

The third story
A four-CD compilation documents the history of one of the jazz labels that dominated the '50s and early '60s, [10-27-97]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Tilt!
Singer/songwriter Scott WalkerÕs "Tilt" has definite cult appeal. [10-20-97]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

B-Sharp Jazz Quartet
The fourth CD in as many years by this LA-based quartet is straight-ahead melodic. [10-13-97]
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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