When Roy Hargrove’s sounds were stilled unexpectedly at the tragically early age of 49 by cardiac arrest, it left a huge hole in jazz.
For coal-black humor, there’s Ward White’s “Diminish”; for garage-band rock n’ roll, Sarah Borges’ “Love’s Middle Name.” Music by the greatest living guitar stylist? Richard Thompson’s “13 Rivers.” Plus four more killer albums.
Brothers Ira and Charlie Louvin wrote some major country music hits in the ‘50s. The 2018 release of their “lost demos” shows just how influential these two truly were.
Marty Balin was a founding member of Jefferson Airplane and later, Jefferson Starship. Grace Slick get all the press, but Balin’s contributions to the San Francisco sound were major.
The late engineer’s input on many Beatle classics is legendary. But Geoff Emerick also lent his exceptional talents to the Zombies and prog-rock’s Robin Trower.