Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player) and the latest 24bit 192kHz remastering. An excellent album by this lusty tenor player – and one of the rarest Blue Notes ever! Brother Don plays lean and mean, in a nice tight group that features Grant Green on guitar, Sonny Clark on piano, and Billy Higgins on drums – all of whom give Wilkerson a freer setting than he ever got working with his more famous bandleader, Ray Charles! The groove has a freer edge than on some of Wilkerson's other albums, with touches that almost reach a Latin sound at times – an influence most likely from Green's exotic work on guitar, and Higgins' wonderfully free rhythms. Titles include "Pigeon Peas", "Camp Meetin", "Jeanie Weanie", and "Dem Tamborines".
Sufjan Stevens’ new full-length mixtape The Greatest Gift—Outtakes, Remixes, & Demos from Carrie & Lowell is out on November 24. The new tape features the “Dungeons and Dragons”-referencing song “Wallowa Lake Monster,” and follows Stevens’ two other releases this year: Carrie & Lowell Live and Planetarium, his collaborative project with the National’s Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and drummer James McAlister. The new mixtape is a companion piece to his 2015 studio album Carrie & Lowell.