Best Of The Capitol Years (Capitol)
Twenty-five standard jazz tracks follow this legendary conductor/arranger/reedman through his more than 60 years at the helm of the ensemble Band of Renown. Featuring the hits “Stardust,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” and “Moonlight in Vermont,” this single-disc overview proves that Les is definitely more.
Love Is Here (Capitol)
With the most recent wave of British mellow-rock bands, you’d think that the genre would be growing stale. But groups like the Chorley, England, four-piece known as Starsailor (great name) prove that is not the case. Sweet vocals and a non-aggressive approach make the 11 acoustic guitar-driven tunes on this debut album a refreshing listen.
Creole Moon (Blue Note)
As Mardi Gras quickly approaches, what better way to get into the mood than with the latest album from the Crescent City’s favorite ambassador, Dr. John. His 30th-plus release features upbeat Caribbean-influenced numbers like “Litenin’” and treads into funk with “You Swore,” all evi-dence that the smoky voiced, piano-playing doctor is still very much in. — J.E.M.