LEE FIELDS AND THE EXPRESSIONS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) It's a rare thing: a man contributes influentially to one of the most significant periods in music history and, more than 40 years after the beginning of his career, continues to tour and put out albums that capture all the precious elements of that era. Lee Fields is a museum unto himself, and he writes without a single apprehension toward emphasizing the now-nostalgic sensuality of soul music. All the still-active greats that come to mind—Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie (who's hopefully still active)—ventured into new territory in subsequent decades, which is fine and typically a byproduct of fruitfulness, but there's something so worthwhile about a musician that continues to swoon through the same methodology he became known for. JONATHAN MAGDALENO Also see My, What a Busy Week!