a few items that have earned some spins this week:
* Roy Haynes/Phineas Newborn/Paul Chambers: We Three – A reissue of a brilliant 1958 piano trio session by three soon-to-be giants with still-formative jazz voices. The ultimate Sunday afternoon album.
* Chris Arduser: Hapless – Mainstay of The Bears and Cincinnati’s Graveblankets, drummer/guitarist/mandolinist Arduser serves up a third helping of crisp, infectious pop that doesn’t shy away from a creepy storyline.
* Martin Carthy/Dave Swarbrick: Straws in the Wind – The latest by England’s finest acoustic duo. Carthy’s rustic voice and the light, giddy sway of Swarbrick’s fiddle combine to create living folk history.
* Various artists: The Great Debaters – The hottest soundtrack album of the winter with expert gospel and blues by Alvin Youngblood Hart, Sharon Jones and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
* The Thrills: Teenager – Chiming folk rhythms, layers of echoing guitars and vocals full of edgy, tentative joy make up this third album by Ireland’s Thrills. One of 2007’s great neglected records.