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Birth of the Cruel

photo by Francis Wolf
A dozen or so jazz-label heads dropped by my place a few months ago for Monday Night Football. Over a couple of cases of Lucky Lager, they bragged on their upcoming releases. "Sounds rad," I said, "but don't put 'em out in the fall, they'll get buried. At Xmas, people buy Jewel, not jazz." Naturally, the honchos all ignored me. So it's not my fault if you can't find some of the following fine non-mainstream slabs.

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