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Vocal Jazz - Released May 4, 2018 | Silvertone

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Qobuzissime
She loves Madeleine Peyroux and Melody Gardot and she doesn't care who knows it. But Hailey Tuck does have a little something of her own up her sleeve. It's a personal touch that makes this young Texan, who has made landfall in Paris, an attractive voice in its own right, and not a pale imitation of anyone else. Larry Klein, who produced her two idols, even agreed to put together the first album of this starlet who shares a hairdresser with Louise Brooks, and a wardrobe with Josephine Baker. Klein even put together a perfect and never over-produced backdrop, with the help of some five-star studio musicians like drummer Jay Bellerose (Elton John, Robert Plant) and guitarist Dean Parks (Joe Cocker, Steely Dan)… In terms of their repertoire, the eclecticism and quality of these covers also displays thoroughgoing good taste. And the fact that she revisits That Don't Make It Junk by Leonard Cohen, Cry To Me, made famous Solomon Burke, Cactus Tree by Joni Mitchell, Some Other Time by Leonard Bernstein, Underwear by Pulp, Alcohol by the Kinks, Junk by Paul McCartney, I Don’t Care Much from the soundtrack to Cabaret and indeed the wonderful Say You Don’t Mind by Colin Blunstone, Hailey Tuck deploys her voice intelligently and with a dash of retro in every word and every phrase. Let this beautiful and timeless Qobuzissime carry you away... © Max Dembo/Qobuz

Jazz - Released May 3, 2018 | Silvertone


Jazz - Released March 16, 2018 | Silvertone


Jazz - Released December 7, 2017 | Silvertone


Gospel - Released June 23, 2009 | Silvertone

Silage's second album displays an abundance of great hooks, tight harmonies and even the occasional debt to hip-hop -- especially on "Verb," with rapping by Knowdaverb and DJ Form on turntables. Elsewhere, there are plenty of catchy punk riffs in keeping with groups like Everclear or Sugar Ray; while the lyrics are always positive, they rarely overpower the great songs like "Yo Tengo" and "Billboards." © John Bush /TiVo

Gospel - Released July 20, 2004 | Silvertone


Jazz - Released June 11, 2003 | Silvertone

Arriving after the unexpected blast of raw energy that was 2001's Sweet Tea, 2003's Blues Singer could idealistically be seen as the acoustic flip side of that high-voltage, raw electric blues. Like Sweet Tea, Blues Singer is supposed to exist deep down within the Delta blues tradition, only finding Buddy Guy armed with an acoustic guitar and the occasional minimal accompaniment; it's even recorded at the same Mississippi studio that gave its name to the 2001 platter and is helmed by the same producer, Dennis Herring. If only it were that simple! Instead of being an extension or a mirror image of its predecessor, this record is a sleepy comedown from an exhilarating peak. Where Sweet Tea was filled with unpredictable song choices, this plays it safe, hauling out such familiar items as "Hard Time Killing Floor," "Crawlin' Kingsnake," "I Love the Life I Live," and "Sally Mae." And while this retains Jimbo Mathus on guitar, when other musicians pop up, it's not the lively Fat Possum crew, it's studio pros like Jim Keltner, or guest shots by superstars Eric Clapton and B.B. King. While this does afford listeners the rare opportunity to hear B.B. on acoustic, it gives the affair the audience-pleasing veneer that weighed down his mid-'90s efforts. Plus, when it comes right down to it, Guy simply is off on this record, with lazy, mannered vocals and by the book guitar. Despite a few good acoustic duet sessions with Junior Wells, acoustic blues is not really Guy's forte, and the highly disappointing Blues Singer illustrates exactly why. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

Gospel - Released May 15, 2001 | Silvertone

Solid ninth album from alternative CCM group. Nice mix of musical styles, all with thought-provoking lyrics worthy of Christian listening. "Masquerade" is a standout, a nice feat for the quiet ballad featuring Danielle Young in the lead. Young's voice comes through clear and resonant and the mood is enhanced by the quiet performances of the band members on their respective instruments. The final track, "Ballad of San Francisco," was recorded on the front porch of the Bennett House, a recording studio based in a historical landmark in Franklin, TN. Sound musicianship, lyrics, and production make this an excellent listen all around. © Dacia A. Blodgett-Williams /TiVo

Jazz - Released October 11, 1998 | Silvertone

Last Time Around -- Live At Legends is a fitting farewell to the late, great Junior Wells and his partnership, friendship and kinship with Buddy Guy that lasted decades. The album is a historic release in many ways. It reunites two blues legends who began their unique association in the 1950s. The album was recorded live in March 1993 at Buddy Guy's world-famous Chicago blues mecca Legends, and it's an acoustic document of many classic songs that made both Wells and Guy legends in their own right, such as "She's Alright" and "I've Been There," along with other classic blues standards such as "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Key to the Highway," all delivered with a looseness and power that define both Guy and Wells. It also marks the last time the two ever played together. © Matthew Greenwald /TiVo