And the Editors Recommend ... Here Are the Discs That Jalapenoed Our Jaded Editorial Palates This Year

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JOE GORE

Bajourou, Big String Theory, Xenophile/Green Linnett (43 Beaver

Brook Rd., Danbury, CT 06810). Ravishing African acoustic. Latin Playboys, Slash. If filmmaker Luis Bunuel had a Tascam 4-track ... Steve Tibbetts, The Fall Of Us All, ECM. Rivals Frisell's best. Bill Frisell, This Land, Elektra. Rivals Frisell's best. PJ Harvey, The 4-Track Demos, Island. Patti Smith wrestles Howlin'

Wolf. The Charlie Hunter Trio, Prawn

Song/Interscope. Stop-the-presses

8-string. Guided By Voices, Bee

Thousand, Scat (5466 Broadway

#200, Cleveland, OH

44127). Garbage-can prog. Rafael Rabello & Paulo Maura,

Bons Encontros, Fantasy. The

Rio deal from 7-string behemoth

Rabello. American Music CLub, San Francisco,

Warner Bros. Manic-depressive song-writing

brilliance. Medicine, The Buried Life, American. Visionary

psycho-distortion. The Boo Radleys, Giant Steps, Creation/

Columbia. Reigning Brit smart-pop. Sergio & Odai Assad, Rameau, Scarlatti, Couperin, Bach, Elektra. If this ain't Baroque . . . Russell Malone, Black Butterfly, Columbia. The best of new Wes. Dag, Righteous, Columbia. The fly of new Sly. Godflesh, Merciless, Columbia. None more heavy. Neil Young, Sleep With Angels, Reprise. Better to smolder than burn out. Richard Thompson, Mirror Blue, Capitol. Peerless avant-roots. Various Artists, The International Guitar Festival, Acoustic Music

by Sound Solutions, 39 Veronica Ave., Somerset, NJ 08875). State

of the steel-string. Sonic Youth, Experimental Jet Set, Trash

And No Star. Pretty, primal,

rock should be. Elliott Sharp, Terraplane, Homestead. Terrifying blues, played right. (*) Fred McDowell, Amazing Grace, High-tone. Otherworldly Mississippi gospel blues.

Geffen. Return

* Sacred Sources 1: Live Forever, Guts &

Grace/Polygram. Final concert

recordings of Hendrix, Stevie Ray

Vaughan, Bob Marley.

JAMES ROTONDI

Steve Tibbetts, The Fall OF Us All. Visionary

sonics, glorious guitar. David Torn, Mick Karn, Terry Bozzio, Polytown, CMP. Cream 2000. Material, Hallucination Engine, Axiom/Island. Genre-melting, multicultural

groove orgy. Medicine, The Burried Life. Noise-pop's new king. Henry Threadgill, Too Much Sugar For A Dime, Axiom/Island. Shredding

shriek-jazz. Ani DiFranco, Out of Range, Righteous Babe (Box 95, Ellicott Station,

Buffalo, NY 14205). Hot acoustic hammering supports new-folk

songs of strength and savvy. John Scofield & Pat Metheny, I Can See Your House From Here, Blue

Note. All heart. David Fiuczynski & John Medeski, Lunar Crush, Gramavision. Ecstatic

electric improv from the hottest new face in jazz-funk: the Fuze. The Charlie Hunter Trio. Various Artists, The International Guitar Festival. Deconstruction, American. Dave Navarro's richly textured art-funk on

the techno tip. Ali Farka Toure & Ry Cooder, Talking Timbuktu. Wayne Krantz, Long To Be Loose, Enja (Box 190333, 80603 Munich,

Germany). Incredible lines from a vital new voice. Marc Ribot, Shrek, Avant (Box 88, 151 1st Ave., New York, NY

10003). Swinging chromatic art-skronk. Pat Metheny, Zero Tolerance For Silence, DGC. The most daring statement of his career. Swervedriver, Mescal Head, A&M. Brit

noise-pop at its rockin' apex. Latin Playboys. Adrian Belew, Here, Caroline. Pop perfectionism

and guitar godliness. Praxis, Sacrifist, Axiom/Island. Bucketcore. Death Cube K, Dreamatorium,

Strata/Subharmonic (180 Varick St.,

New York, NY 10014). Buckethead

and Laswell traverse a milky galaxy of guitar and bass. Bill Frisell, This Land. Jeff Buckley, Grace, Columbia. Chanteuse stylings and evocative guitars

with a deep Zeppelineage.

CHRIS GILL

Danny Gatton and Joey DeFrancesco, Relentless, Big Mo (RR1 Box

389C, Norwich, VT 05055). …