For Nihon

Ambient musicians across the globe unite to support Japan relief efforts

As the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis begin to fade from the headlines, heartfelt efforts to help the nation recover continue. One that recently stood out brings together a group of ambient recording artists who are stepping up with their talents to support the cause. The compilation album, called For Nihon, is the work of husband-and-wife musician team Keith Kenniff and his wife Hollie …

Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology

An overhauled primer on the history of jazz in an expansive six-disc compilation

Seven years in the making, Smithsonian Folkways‘ new edition, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology represents the new standard, a long-overdue update to Martin Williams’ out-of-print compilation The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz. While some of the 111 selections on the six-disc set remain the same as the original, Jazz broadens its scope to include Latin jazz and fusion, as well as South African and Vietnamese musicians. …

The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985

Long the domain of obscurists and NYC musicologists, Bob Blank's Blank Tapes recording studio's long overdue retrospective (due out 2 February 2010) comes thanks to Strut Records. "The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985" looks at the cult producer's work, which tapped into Gotham's burgeoning underground music and art scene of the '70s and '80s, engineering some of disco's most innovative classics. The 13-track rarities …