Dog Ears Music: Volume 195

09/30/2011 10:35 am ET | Updated Nov 30, 2011

Matthew Good
Canadian singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Good was born in British Columbia during the Pierre Trudeau era. Good made his early footprint founding his Matthew Good Band in mid-'90s Vancouver, racking up laurels and Junos. By 2003 and crisply solo, Good issued his debut to similar acclaim. Travel into Matthew Good's dimension with "Zero Orchestra," from his 2011 project Lights of Endangered Species, with its marks of beauty and divine detail--sublime. Buy full album!

Genre: Rock

Artist: Matthew Good

Song: Zero Orchestra

Album: Lights of Endangered Species

Mount Kimbie
Mount Kimbie comprises the electro/ambient everything-but-the-kitchen-sink pairing of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos. Founded in 2008 across the pond, the duo started to create at London's South Bank University. Mount Kimbie issued its freshman set in 2009 and boasts a handful-plus of releases and appearances on various compilations. Collaborations/shared stages include Daedelus, Jamie Woon, The Big Pink, Foals, and James Blake. Check out Mount Kimbie's "Adriatic," from their 2010 sophomore release Crooks & Lovers--sounds like a translucent dream.

Genre: Electronic

Artist: Mount Kimbie

Song: Adriatic

Album: Crooks & Lovers

Return to Forever Featuring Chick Corea
NYC jazz outfit Return to Forever was founded in the early '70s. Captained by keyboardist Chick Corea, the ensemble's rotating cast has included luminaries Stanley Clarke (bass), Lenny White (drums), Frank Gambale (guitar), Jean-Luc Ponty (violinist), Al Di Meola (guitar), Joe Farrell (sax, flute), Mingo Lewis (percussion), Bill Connors (guitar), Flora Purim (vocalist), Airto Moreira (percussion), Steve Gadd (drums), and Earl Klugh (guitar). Despite a premature breakup in 1977, the Grammy-winning soundsmiths reassembled many times over, issuing a dozen-plus full-lengths to date. Rediscover "Interplay," from Return to Forever's mid-'70s fusion classic No Mystery.

Genre: Jazz

Artist: Return to Forever Featuring Chick Corea

Song: Interplay

Album: No Mystery

Bessie Jones & Group
Spiritual singer Bessie Jones was born in Georgia in 1902. Early music memories began with the songs of her grandfather, a former slave. As a young adult, Jones relocated to the Georgia Sea Islands, where slaves from both the Bahamas and the Deep South once took refuge. During the Great Depression, Jones fused her American folk roots with Bahamian sounds and founded the Georgia Sea Island Singers. By the late '50s, music historian Alan Lomax brought Jones to the fore. She went on to record several sides over the years and also published a children's book based on her girlhood. In 1982, Jones was honored with the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. The songbird passed away in 1984. Remember Bessie Jones with "Union," from The Alan Lomax Collection: Southern Journey, Vol. 13-Earliest Times.

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Artist: Bessie Jones & Group

Song: Union

Album: The Alan Lomax Collection: Southern Journey, Vol. 13-Earliest Times

Electro-jazz duo Koop was founded in Uppsala, Sweden, in the late '90s. Now Stockholm-based, the programmers/multi-instrumentalists Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson have issued four full-lengths to date. Collaborations include Yukimi Nagano, Ane Brun, Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen, Rob Gallagher, and Mikael Sundin. Highlights include a 2003 Swedish Grammy Award, a featured track on So You Think You Can Dance, and a spot for Coca-Cola. Discover "Waltz for Koop," from Koop's 2001 release Waltz for Koop.

Genre: Jazz

Artist: Koop

Song: Waltz for Koop

Album: Waltz for Koop

Mason Jennings
Singer/songwriter Mason Jennings was born in Hawaii during the Ford administration.The Jennings family relocated to Pennsylvania, and by his tweens, Mason took up guitar. As a lad, he set off to Minneapolis to follow his fate. After releasing his self-produced freshman set in 1997, Jennings's path was realized, and he's since issued 10-plus projects and counting. Collaborations/shared stages include Noah Georgeson, Jack Johnson, Modest Mouse, Guster, Alexi Murdoch, and Haley Bonar. Discover "Something About Your Love," from Mason Jennings's 2008 In the Ever (Bonus Track Version). This starburst delivery rings with a dirt-road longing.

Genre: Alternative

Artist: Mason Jennings

Song: Something About Your Love

Album: In the Ever (Bonus Track Version)