In December, Columbia released a box set of the 19 studio albums Dave Brubeck's quartet recorded between 1955 and 1966. Besides familiar titles like Time Out and Dave Digs Disney, there were a host of all-but-forgotten albums. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says a few of them are well-worth tracking down.
More than 40 years ago, four friends — three scientists and one musician — went to the Huasteca region in Northeastern Mexico in search of music they wanted to record for their own enjoyment. Now, some of that work has been released on a two-CD compilation titled El Gusto.
The afropop ensemble formed when two American expats met two Ivorian musicians in the late 1990s. Separated for a decade by civil war in Ivory Coast, the group has reassembled to record its lost songs.
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