John McNeil / John McNeil Quintet

Things We Did Last Summer

August, 1983

Post-Bop

In the summer of 1983, trumpeter John NcNeil toured Europe as an instructor for the Jamey Aebersold jazz camp. Here, he closes out the tour with a live Copenhagen concert also featuring saxophonist David Liebman. This is fiery post-bop jazz punctuated by moments of dusky, noirish balladry.

- Matt Collar

Arcade Fire

Reflektor

October 28, 2013

Alternative/Indie Rock

With the benefit of hindsight, this already-excellent album might catch a well-deserved break, considering the divisive catalog low point that came next. And while their latest WE is a decent return-to-form, it doesn't hit as hard as the band's fourth LP, which finds them experimenting with island percussion and dance rhythms. They even got Bowie on the title track.

- Neil Z. Yeung