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Decade

Clifton Anderson
DOXY/EMARCY

Clifton Anderson is Sonny Rollins’s nephew and longtime trombonist. While his new CD is titled Decade, representing the years since his last solo recording, the keyword is swing.

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Cheerleader

The Odds
SECOND MOTION

The recently reunited Odds instantly invite comparisons with Sloan but pack neither Sloan’s walloping punch nor their endearing shagginess.

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D. Mawl is already back with a new mixtape and single. His style of hip-hop is vastly under-represented nowadays. It’s “conscious” without wearing that label as a marketing tool.

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Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 2

Billy Harper
Talking House

Saxophonist Billy Harper is the leader on the second volume of the Blueprints of Jazz series.

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Working on a Dream

Bruce Springsteen
Columbia

Springsteen’s fans have always wondered what would happen if he and his band cut loose a little more.

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Volcano Suns was started by Peter Prescott, drummer for (late, great and now reformed) Mission of Burma.

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Death [deth]: n. Proto-punk trio from Detroit comprised of African-American brothers David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney, formed in 1971.

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Get Guilty

A.C. Newman
MATADOR

Bottom line: Good but not excellent, familiar but not memorable. As the ringleader of New Pornographers, one would (rightly) expect a bit more from A.C. (or Allan Carl, as his mother calls him).

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The Mountain

Heartless Bastards
FAT POSSUM

I’m on the record about Ohio: I don’t like going there, I don’t like to watch OSU play and I definitely don’t like 98 Degrees (Cincy natives, the lot).

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Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 1

Mike Clark
TALKING HOUSE

Drummer Mike Clark caught the attention of drummers when he played with Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters on Thrust. His hyper-syncopated funk set new standards.