Tim Lee

Under the House

February 25, 2003

Alternative Pop/Rock

After the breakup of the Windbreakers, Tim Lee seemed to relish the opportunity to cut back on the jangly guitars and allow the moody storyteller inside him to take hold. Lee rarely did that better than on 2003's Under the House; there's a stark country undertow to the melodies and his songs of busted lives and wrong turns. It's one of the great lost alt-country albums of the 2000s.

- Mark Deming

Paul Motian

Jack of Clubs



Late-drummer Paul Motian's work still sounds strikingly contemporary and 1984's Jack of Clubs is no exception. Along with a sparring double tenor front line of Joe Lovano and Jim Pepper, Motian's group also featured kinetic interplay between guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Ed Schuller. This is an album of boldly nuanced post-bop, weaving together elements of atmospheric space jazz, atonal noise-rock, and moments of jarringly beautiful lyricism.

- Matt Collar