Fifty years later, a deluxe vinyl reissue of Velvet Underground’s “The Matrix Tapes” highlights the peculiar genius of Lou Reed and company.
Isaac Haye’s theme song to “Shaft” remains unforgettable. The rest of the soundtrack is, too. And a new re-issue provides a fresh listen.
Three exceptional vinyl reissues trace early, adventurous directions in “free jazz.” Cecil Taylor, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Albert Ayler and Don Cherry show us how it’s done.