This Month's Soundtrack, May 2010

This group of albums, which includes two compilation CDs, comprises both live and studio recordings, and an assortment of genres including funk, blues, rock, and electronica.
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This group of albums, which includes two compilation CDs, comprises both live and studio recordings, and an assortment of genres including funk, blues, rock, and electronica.

Jonny Lang: Live at the Ryman (Concord Records)
Lang dials up a powerful set of blues, rock, and R&B in his first album release since 2006. The playing and singing is top notch, and the live production is in your face.

This is a section of "Lie to Me" from Jonny Lang's Live at the Ryman (Concord Records, 2010).

Stanton Moore: Groove Alchemy (Telarc)
Galactic drummer and New Orleans groove master Stanton Moore traces the roots of funk drumming on this new CD, which pays homage to such greats as Clyde Stubblefield, Jabo Starks, and Zigaboo Modeliste. Drummers take note: An accompanying instructional book and DVD are also available.

Funky drumming along with B3 and guitar playing highlight Stanton Moore's Groove Alchemy (Telarc, 2010), of which this is an excerpt from the song "Pot Licker."

Various Artists: Expo (Undercover Culture/Neocha)
A compilation of songs from China''s underground electronic music scene that was put together by U.S.-based Shanghai Restoration Project and Neocha, a Chinese online music community. The material is well produced and interesting, and the disc presents many of these artists with their first exposure to Western audiences.

This excerpt is from B6's song "Day of the Weird Beginning (2010 Clean Mix)" on the album Expo (Undercover Culture/Neocha, 2010).

Hybrid: Disappear Here (Distinctive Records)
The Welsh electronic-dance group duo expands to a trio with addition of singer/songwriter Charlotte James. The result is a more song-based approach, but one that''s still full of cool grooves and interesting sonic textures.

Here's an excerpt from "Can You Hear Me" from Hybrid's new CD, Disappear Here (Distinctive Records, 2010).

Various Artists: Guitar Masters Vol. 3 and 4: Les Paul Dedication (BHP Music)
Producer/guitarist Brian Tarquin rounded up a slew of guitar legends to play on this 2-CD set, which honors the adventurous guitar-playing spirit of the late Les Paul. Mixing newly recorded tracks and rare old tracks, the CD features Paul, Jeff Beck, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Vai, Leslie West, and many others.

Jeff Beck is featured in this clip from the song "Gutty Guitar" from the album Guitar Masters Vol. 3 and 4: Les Paul Dedication (BHP Music, 2010).