Tiger Rag and All That Jazz
Tiger Rag and All That Jazz

Eddie Condon

Tiger Rag and All That Jazz

1958

Dixieland

In the late '50s, Eddie Condon led this raucous version of his all-stars featuring cornetist Rex Stewart. While a posterboy for the mainstream and trad jazz tradition, Condon still let his bands rip, and rip they do here. This is fiery, in the moment jazz, rife with animated group interplay and a flagrant penchant for improvisatory derring-do.

- Matt Collar

The Rose of England
The Rose of England

Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit / Nick Lowe

The Rose of England

1985

Contemporary Pop/Rock

One of the overlooked gems in Nick Lowe's catalog, 1985's The Rose of England was in some respects a continuation of the playful mood of the previous year's Nick Lowe and his Cowboy Outfit. But it offers some fine songs that point to the deeper themes of his work of the '90s and beyond, most notably "(Hope To God) I'm Right" and the title cut. And his choice of covers is spot on, especially his takes on John Hiatt's "She Don't Love Nobody" and Elvis Costello's "Indoor Fireworks."

- Mark Deming