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Noah James Hittner Noah James Hittner’s third solo album, willing, was written, performed, recorded, mixed, and produced entirely by Hittner in his tiny basement home-studio on the blue-collar east side of Madison, WI. Using blues, folk, hip-hop, R&B, and electronica, this 12-song multi-genre journey touches on social justice, loss, consciousness, parenthood, and, of course, love, […]

The Thing About Fish

Rum Ragged Hailing from rural towns on the island of Newfoundland, one of the world’s richest hubs of folk and traditional music nestled at the easternmost point of North America, the band Rum Ragged has a passion for collecting and arranging the undiscovered traditional songs and tunes of their home. In their fourth album, the […]

Jagged Little Pill: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Jagged Little Pill (original Broadway cast recording) is the official companion to the new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s groundbreaking 1995 debut album of the same name. The Broadway cast recording features all-new renditions of the original songs, including such hits as “You Oughta Know,” “Hand In My Pocket,” and “Ironic.” It also includes other […]

True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter

Harry Connick, Jr. Harry Connick, Jr.’s new album is comprised exclusively of Cole Porter compositions. True Love highlights Connick’s talents as pianist, singer, arranger, orchestrator, and conductor as he breathes new life into popular songs from the Great American Songbook including “Anything Goes” and “You Do Something To Me.”“This is the first time I’ve taken […]

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Julia Wolfe, Fire in my mouth

Julia Wolfe’s large-scale work for choir and orchestra Fire in my mouth was recorded live at the world premiere in January 2019 by the New York Philharmonic, The Crossing, and The Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Commissions

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has added another CD to its extensive discography: recent Boston Symphony Orchestra commissions of works by American composers Timo Andres, Eric Nathan, Sean Shepherd, and George Tsontakis.

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David Finck, BASSically Jazz

This all-star collection of standards features acclaimed jazz bassist David Finck, one of today’s most versatile and in-demand bassists.

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Marty Stuart, The Pilgrim – Deluxe Edition

This 20th anniversary release is issued on double vinyl and includes a bonus CD with 10 never-before-released tracks, available only with the purchase of The Pilgrim vinyl.

The Silent Wish

Bill McBirnie Bill McBirnie’s latest Extreme Flute release, The Silent Wish, puts the spotlight on the acclaimed flutist’s superior craftsmanship along with that of his longstanding accompanist, pianist Bernie Senensky. Both musicians, members of Local 149 (Toronto, ON), are featured in an intimate duo setting that exhibits levels of musicianship and simpatico developed over a […]

Between the Tracks

Between the Tracks is an all-instrumental album featuring fingerstyle guitar and light percussion, with styles including acoustic folk, bossa nova, ragtime, blues, and Americana.