Shadow Classics archive
Read A Song-and-Dance Man, Reconsidered
November 22, 2006 – Sammy Davis Jr. performs in a desolate cocktail bar, with only a guitarist for support.
Read Dorothy Ashby and a Harp That Swings
November 15, 2006 – The Detroit-born harp master stands as one of the most unjustly under-loved jazz greats of the '50s.
Read A Love Letter to California Pop, from a British Fop
November 8, 2006 – Billy Nicholls' Would You Believe is steeped in the florid sounds of the late '60s.
Read A Classical Pianist Who Never Showed Off
November 1, 2006 – Pianist Iren Marik gets at exactly what's needed to bring each piece alive and adds nothing more.
Read Gregg Allman: A Classic in a Quieter Space
October 25, 2006 – Singing at a measured pace, Allman makes the most of his entrancingly downcast tunes.
Read A Jazz Genius Goofs Off
October 18, 2006 – What did Art Tatum sound like playing a party or an after-hours club in the company of friends?
Read Keith Jarrett's Transfixing Tour de Force
October 11, 2006 – On Spirits, the jazz great crafts a collection of miniatures through multi-tracking.
Read Lifter Puller: Loud, Fast and Out of Control
October 4, 2006 – Lifter Puller paved the way for The Hold Steady, and its albums deserve just as much attention.
Read A Soul-Singing Dynamo Gets Her Day
September 27, 2006 – What makes Lorraine Ellison's obscurity puzzling is the remarkable consistency of her work.
Read A Blues Icon Who Rocks Unwillingly
September 20, 2006 – Muddy Waters' 1968 blues-rock hybrid Electric Mud moves a legend beyond the traditional.
Read From the Church to the Tavern and Back
September 13, 2006 – He may be singing gospel, but Johnny Paycheck's sweet voice can't mask the orneriness underneath.
Read An All-Star Rock Jam That Transcends Egos
September 6, 2006 – Based on star power alone, this document of London rock circa 1971 should have been huge.
Read Sarah Vaughan's Unlikeliest Jazz Classic
August 30, 2006 – Brazilian Romance is full of contemporary spirit, propelled by a timeless voice.
Read Ordinary Songs Become Memorable Events
August 23, 2006 – It's stupefying that Karen Dalton remains, even in this crate-digging age, largely unknown.