BLUE Nights

Bruford Levin Upper Extremities

BLUE Nights

March 27, 2000

Prog-Rock

Given trumpeter Chris Botti's profile as a lyrical, deeply romantic crossover jazz star, it's fascinating to hear him jam with guitarist David Torn and former King Crimson bandmates drummer Bill Bruford and bassist Tony Levin in Upper Extremities. At turns menacing and dreamlike, this late '90s live album showcases the quartet's dynamic, intuitive approach to crafting highly improvisational, textural jazz-rock soundscapes.

- Matt Collar

Arthur Verocai

Arthur Verocai

Arthur Verocai

1972

Brazilian Pop

Employing a dizzyingly lush 20-piece string section, stiletto-sharp bursts of brass, and electric piano melodies that twinkle like stars, Verocai's heady productions draw on folk, jazz, and pop traditions from both sides of the equator to make music that is both immediately familiar and quite unlike anything else you've ever experienced.

- Jason Ankeny