Legends, upstarts, and an honored but absent guest at this year’s festival.
If you had to pick only 10 albums from the entire history of jazz with which to start a collection, these would be great choices.
This week’s Popdose mixtape, presented by Chris Holmes, offers up 20 of the greatest jazz songs ever recorded.
We made a list of our favorite guitarists of all time, and this week, we count down from 50 to 36. Who made the cut?
I was a pretty confused kid in 1989. Well, not a kid, really — I was 17 going on 18. I had a couple of hundred vinyl records, and David Foster was my guiding light , but when I bought my first CD player that year, I didn’t really know which direction to take my budding CD collection. I had calculated that Lionel Richie would release his fourth solo album in 1989. That didn’t happen. I hated my old favorite band, Chicago, with a passion after they disposed of David Foster and released the Diane Warren-infused trainwreck Chicago 19 in 1988, so I couldn’t care less what they were up to. Level 42 were more or less in shambles after the departure of Boon and Phil and I didn’t expect a new Toto album until the next year. Pet Shop Boys released the glorious single “Left to My Own Devices” but I wasn’t really into singles, and their 1989 remix album (Introspective) wasn’t great. The whole New Romantic/Sophisti-Pop movement was waning, and while I was …