LENI STERN ``Clairvoyant'' (Passport Jazz P-88015) -- Utterly intriguing first album from a young guitarist who's exploring new ideas, both as improviser and composer. On standards like ``Stella By Starlight,'' she suggests the melody rather than stating it. The best moments are the duets with guitarist Bill Frisell, another up-and-coming experimenter.
-- Amy Duncan RANDY BRECKER & ELIANE ELIAS
``Amanda'' (Passport Jazz PJ88013; also on cassette) -- Brazilian jazz/rock crossover, tight, inventive arrangements, lush melodies sung in Portuguese -- all these characterize this fine collaboration by trumpeter/arranger Brecker and his wife, Elias, who plays keyboards, sings, writes lyrics, and arranges.
-- A. D. CHUCK BERRY
``More Rock 'n' Roll Rarities From the Golden Era of Chess Records'' (MCA CH-9190) -- This collection of Berry classics, from ``Rock and Roll Music'' to ``Sweet Little Sixteen'' conforms to the current trend of salvaging every scrap of tape from the cutting room floor. But that's no slur -- these original demos, second versions, and previously unreleased takes are a must for Berry fans.
-- A. D. HARVIE SWARTZ
``Smart Moves'' (Gramavision 18-8607-1; also on cassette and CD) -- Bassist Swartz features saxophonists Charlie Mariano and John Stubblefield on this album of mostly Swartz originals. The main attraction is not Swartz's unexceptional writing, but Mike Stern's guitar playing.
-- A. D. BUDDY HOLLY
``Legend'' (MCA 2-4184; also on cassette and CD) -- By the time Buddy Holly was 21 years old, he had written and helped produce most of these songs. on this two-record reissue. ``That'll Be the Day,'' ``Peggy Sue,'' and ``Oh, Boy!'' have been digitally remastered from the original master tapes. A collector's must. -- A. D. BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE
``Live! Live! Live!'' (MCA-5760) -- They're back, after a long hiatus, with the same gutsy, no-frills, no synthesizers rock-and-roll. The new album is chock-full of Randy Bachman's great songs such as ``You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet,'' ``Roll on Down the Highway,'' ``Takin' Care of Business.'' -- A. D. SADAO WATANABE
``Good Time For Love'' (Elektra 9 60495-1) -- Watanabe's music won't challenge you, but it will definitely cool you out. More jazzy rock melodies from the silky smooth tenor saxophonist, who sounds like he's headed for top-40 land.
-- A. D. DUKE ELLINGTON
``New Mood Indigo'' (Doctor Jazz FW 40359) -- ``New Mood Indigo'' is Duke's previously unreleased 1964 recording of that old favorite. Here he takes it at a fast clip instead of a mellow drawl. Includes cuts by Duke's orchestra (from '62 and '66) and Mercer Ellington's Septet.
-- A. D.