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In Rotation: Ken Vandermark on 15 CDs of Ennio Morricone

Plus: Peter Margasak on Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and Rabid Rabbit's Andrea Jablonski on the greatest bass solo ever

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Peter Margasak, Reader music writer, is obsessed with . . .

Louisa "Markswoman" Mark, Breakout (re­issued by Soul Jazz) The 1981 debut album by British singer Louisa Mark, who died in 2009, fulfilled the promise of her first single, a cover of the Robert Parker soul classic "Caught You in a Lie." She was only 14 when she cut that track in 1974, and with its combination of Philly-style soul and big Jamaican grooves it established the template for the reggae subgenre that would soon be called lovers rock.

Eivind Opsvik, Overseas IV (Loyal Label) On its latest album the band Overseas, led by New York-based Norwegian bassist Eivind Opsvik (with saxophonist Tony Malaby, keyboardist Jacob Sacks, drummer Kenny Wollesen, and cranky electric guitarist and mandolinist Brandon Seabrook), drifts far from its postbop roots. Though the performances make use of jazz harmony and improvisation, the compositions and arrangements draw from all kinds of musical traditions. Two recent additions to the band—Seabrook joined the lineup and Sacks began playing harpsichord—provide gripping, unusual timbres to go with the heavy and sometimes elliptical grooves.

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Timon Irnok Manta (Type) This new two-track vinyl-only release, which finally clued me in about what Robert Lowe's middle initials stand for, is the first well-distributed album to showcase the great modular-synthesizer music he's been making for the past few years. The sidelong "M'Bondo" features swooping, minimal low-end frequencies scuffed by rhythmic static; the flip side, "M'Bondo (Version)," adds nice dubby vocal effects.

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