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Consumer Guide: April, 2020

Two proud country women, two grrls getting started, two songsters hanging in there, a flood of spiritual wisdom from a saxophone saint, and a wittier brand of wisdom from one of COVID-19's fallen

Sparked by an Xgau Sez question, I've spent many hours of 2020 exploring my slightly expanded Coltrane collection. So this spiritually fraught moment seemed the right time to go public: four full reviews plus an Honorable Mention that skip his Atlantic output altogether, where I recommend My Favorite Things and Giant Steps while noting that the alternate takes have a diluting effect easily avoided by playlisting or programming buttons. I'll also note that while I'm usually a stickler about alphabetization, I ordered the Coltranes for rough chronological continuity.

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Thomas Anderson: Analog Summer (Out There)

Brandy Clark: Your Life Is a Record (Warner)

John Coltrane: The Best of John Coltrane (Prestige)

John Coltrane: Ken Burns Jazz (Verve)

John Coltrane: The Africa Brass Sessions, Vol. 2 (Impulse!)

John Coltrane: "Live" at the Village Vanguard (Hallmark)

John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (Impulse!)

The Exbats: Kicks, Hits, and Fits (Burger)

Grrrl Gang: Here to Stay! (Damnably)

Kirby Heard: Mama's Biscuits (CD Baby)

Grant Peeples: Bad Wife (Rootball)

Pharoah Sanders: The Impulse Story (Impulse!)

Adam Schlesinger: The End of the Movie (Carl Wilson Spotify playlist)

And It Don't Stop, Apr. 8, 2020

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