Dave Koz – Saxophonic
His generation primary sax man is as strong as ever with his smooth jazz ripened by guests Brian McKnight, Javier, Chris Botti, Marc Antoine and Bobby Caldwell.
Tracks: Honey-Dipped, Love changes Everything, All I See is You, Just to Be with You, Let It Free, Undeniable, Saxophonic, Definition of Beautiful, Sound of the Underground, Only Tomorrow Knows, I Believe, View from Above, Curtain Call, One Last Thing
Jet – Get Born
After their four-song EP this year, the Aussie band has gotten high praise from all quarters for raw, gritty and wicked rock. This is their full-length debut.
Tracks: Last Chance, Are You Gonna Be My Girl, Rollover D.J., Look What You’ve Done, Get What You Need, Move On, Radio Song, Get Me Outta Here, Come Around Again, Take It or Leave It, Lazy Gun, Timothy
Cassandra Wilson – Glamoured
Blue Note Records
The jazz singer takes the eclectic road by singing covers of tunes by Willie Nelson, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan and more.
Tracks: Fragile, Sleight Of Time, I Want More, If Loving You Is Wrong, Lay Lady Lay, Crazy, What Is It, Heaven Knows, Honey Bee, Broken Drum, On This Train, Throw It Away
Rhian Benson – Gold Coast
An African-born soul singer performs evocative, instrument-heavy R&B that is internationally flavored with a world beat.
Tracks: The Words Hurt Too, Say How I Feel, Stealing My Peace of Mind, Soul Boy, Shake It Away, Invincible, The One, Sing to the Child, A Moment in Shrine, I’m in a Bind, Gold Sky, Young Girl, Spirit
Ludacris – Chicken & Beer
Def Jam South
The controversial rapper gets back into his parental-warning ways, offering plenty of attitude with few new ideas for the hip-hop scene.
Tracks: Southern Fried Intro, Blow It Out, Stand Up, Rob Quarters Skit, Splash Waterfalls, Hard Times, Diamond In The Back, Screwed Up, T Baggin' Skit, P-Poppin', Hip Hop Quotables, Black Man's Struggle Skit, Teamwork, Interactive Skit, We Got, Eyebrows Down
Howie Day – Stop All the World Now
His first tour coincides with this release, which includes new songs and some reworked efforts from his debut, and even gets orchestra backing.
Tracks: Brace Yourself, Perfect Time of Day, Collide, Trouble in Here, Sunday Morning Song, I’ll Take You On, She Says, Numbness for Sound, You & a Promise, End of Our Days, Come Lay Down
Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Welcome to Poppy’s
New Yorkers who have done better in the UK market with their amalgamation of rock, hip-hop and funk get it together for a semi-major label.
Tracks: Too Hot, Stray Bullet, Living On The Streets, Lost It All, Friday Night, You Got A Problem, Running For Cover, Take Me Back, What Had Happened, Got Our Love, This Sick World, Bottle Of Wine, Beautiful, Baby (Party Dress), You Just Can't Have It All
The Celtic Circle – various artists
A taste of bagpipes and bodhráns, guitars and sequencers, pop luminaries and philharmonic conductors, virtuoso traditionalists and Academy awarded film scorers on two CDs.
Selected tracks: The Mystic’s Dream (Lreena McKennitt), Runaway (The Corrs), Factory Girl (The Chieftains with Sinaed O’Connor), Braveheart Trilogy, I Will Find You (clannad), the Shores of the Swilly (Phil Coulter), Rose of Tralee (Nightnoise), Angel (Sarah McLachlan), The Fellowship, In a Lifetime (Clannad with Bono), Keening of the Three Marys (William Coulter), Eirigh Suas a Stoirin (Maire Brennan), She Moved Through the Fair (Anuna), Hedwig’s Theme, O’Clock (Vangelis), more
Alabama – The American Farewell Tour
On their 25th anniversary the seminal country band announced this was the end of touring. They selected 22 hits (not live performances) for one heck of a set list.
Tracks: When It All Goes South, Love in the First Degree, The Closer You Get, High Cotton, Sad Lookin’ Moon, Feels so Right, Lady Down on Love, Down Home, Christmas in Dixie, Give Me One More Shot, Roll On, If You’re Gonna Play In Texas, The Fans, I’m in a Hurry, Tennessee River, Old Flam, Dixieland Delight, The Cheap Seats, Shaggin’ on the Boulevard, Mountain Music, My Home’s in Alabama
Kenny Chesney – All I Want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan
Mixing old and new, the country singer brings some attitude to the holidays, a natural follow-up to his Buffet-inspired chart-topper from the beach.
Tracks: All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan, Jingle Bells, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Christmas in Dixie, Thank God for Kids, Silver Bells, Just a Kid, The Angel at the Top of My Tree, Pretty Paper, Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem
Wilshire – New Universe
The singer-songwriter duo is a lovely blend of voices on hearty, even inspirational pop tunes about living, surviving and triumphing.
Tracks: Special, Turn It Around, Nothing Left to Lose, Without You, In Your Arms, When, Fool for You, I Know What You Did, Remember, Go On, Tonight
Glen Campbell – The Legacy: 1961-2002
Four CD collection ranges from his early days with the Green River Boys to the duets with Bobbie Gentry to his biggest hits for the fan who can’t get enough.
Selected tracks: Kentucky Means Paradise, Gentle on My Mind, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Let It Be Me, Wichita Lineman, Dreams of the Everyday Housewife, Galveston, True Grit, It’s Only Make Believe, MacArthur Park, Houston, Bonaparte’s Retreat, Rhinestone Cowboy, Southern Nights, Highwayman.