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Have You Heard? Recent Musical Gems

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There is a superabundance of information bombarding us everyday. Even if you are paying attention to the music that is omnipresent in our lives, there's no guarantee you'll always be able to hear the best of it. Here's where we come in. We've highlighted the ones that have slipped through the cracks. Most of the titles just couldn't find a home on the radio. Some didn't have an obvious "hit", or were too idiosyncratic. All of them though, are worthy of your attention. They all crackle with creative expression.

Bulat, Basia.
Good advice

Bulat is verging on being a national treasure. Perhaps best known as an unabashed fan of the autoharp, Bulat's true brilliance comes from her infectious energy and songwriting abilities. If you get a chance to see her live, you will not be disappointed. Until then, Good Advice will keep you well occupied.

Burrell, Kenny.
The road to love

Burrell, now in his 80's is still producing good work.He's done over 100 albums. His guitar tone is warm and nuanced, and here he pays tribute to the late BB King as well as Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington. Perfect for an after dinner meditation.

Williams, Lucinda
The ghosts of Highway 20

You either love her gritty voice or you don't. Get over it. This is one of her finest releases, it also includes a crack band including jazz guitar god Bill Frisell.

Brahms, Johannes
Brahms.String Qt. No.1 &3

One of the great quartets of the past thirty years tackle Brahms Qts. No.1 and 3. The playing is energized and emotionally gripping.

Cage the Elephant (Musical group)
Tell me I'm pretty

The Kentucky rock band worked on their recent album with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. That Black Keys sound Auerbach brings is kind of ubiquitous now, but the song writing is better than ever. That's what really counts.

Various
Rough guide to the best world music you've never heard

The title kind of says it all! You won't know the artists, but that's okay, just put this on sit back and enjoy.

Various
God don't never change

Featuring covers by Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones, Derek Trucks and more, God Don't Never Change is a lovely tribute to the gospel blues singer and guitarist Willie Johnson.

Rudd, Roswell
August love song

Trombonist Roswell Rudd has a long career in the world of free jazz, so this album with Heather Masse of the folk-roots band Wailin' Jennys could be an odd mix. Instead, it's a tasteful heartfelt celebration of early jazz standards.