Monday, October 21, 2019

Albare’s Thoughts about Humanity

Sensational and delightful could be two of many words to describe Only Human, the new cd by the guitarist Albert Dadon, well known as...

Daymé Arocena: Nueva Era

Once you get past the sheen of this package, get past its subtle commercialism and pluck up the courage to put on the disc,...

Turkish Masters At Aga Khan Museum

On the evening of April 1, 2016, Toronto's Aga Khan Museum and Turkuaz TV (which is Canada’s only Turkish community television program), co-presented two...

Richard Lanham, the Swinging and Lovely Jazz Voice

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/106082120" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] The incredible singer Richard Lanham brings us Thou Swell, his first jazz album as a band leader. Fifteen...

Tobias Grim: Brazil Lines

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156283689" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] The reputation of guitarist Tobias Grim, despite the possibility of having a folkloric Swedish repertoire will rest largely...

Terceto Kali: Terceto Kali

Not many non-Spanish musicians, especially guitarists, are often brave enough to attempt a performance of Flamenco music, much less commit one to record. The...
Angela Hewitt: At the Heart of Bach’s Keyboard

Angela Hewitt: At the Heart of Bach

As long as musicians such as Keith Jarrett play and record Johann Sebastian Bach’s most frequently performed keyboard (harpsichord) works on the harpsichord there...
Kurt Weill and Lenya

Kurt Weill – Franz Werfel: The Road of Promise

MasterVoices and Orchestra of St. Luke’s/Ted Sperling; Ed Harsh: concert adaptation; Ludwig Lewisohn, William A. Drake, Charles Alan, Kelley Rourke: English translation; Noam Sheriff:...

Ian Faquini + Paula Santoro: Metal Na Madeira

Minas Gerais, where Paula Santoro was born, was and is a hotbed of Brasilian music and not only gave birth to Clube da Esquina...
Edu Leal e a Conjuntura: Livre

Edu Leal e a Conjuntura: Livre

The structural plan of this recording entitled Livre by Edu Leal and the group of musicians who accompany him on this quest is about...

Toninho Ferragutti – O Sorriso Da Manu

Whether he came to the accordion by way of the forró—xôte and Baião—or by way of the gaucho bands that he often plays in, Toninho Ferragutti has now mastered the instrument. However, he is now more than a virtuoso; the complete mastery of the emotion and the magical idiosyncrasies of the...

Klaus Mueller: Village Samba

Anyone not having the good fortune of ‘getting hip’ to the work of pianist Klaus Mueller from his many performances both on stage and...

The Master Musicians of Jajouka: The Road To Jajouka

The master musicians of Jajouka have existed in the southern Rif Mountains of Morocco for over 4000 years; their music celebrated largely by the populations around their village. The only Europeans and Americans outsiders to discover them...

The Brandenburg Concertos: Freiburger Barokorchester

The Brandenburg Concertos are one of the most celebrated and captivating compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. Paced with bracing athletic vigor and featuring some of the most beautiful and challenging counterpoint...

Niogi: Landing

It is becoming ever more routine to meld acoustic and electronic instrumentation, so much so that the resultant musical efforts have begun to sound...

Henry Cole & The Afrobeat Collective: Roots Before Branches

The deep energy of Henry Cole’s drumming comes from a singular ability to fond the rhythmic center of the music. Creating a wall of...
Eumir Deodato: Os Catedráticos 73

Eumir Deodato: Os Catedráticos 73

Eumir Deodato is arguably one of the most illustrious Brasilian composers, producers and performers to have ever transitioned from Brasil to the United States....
Idan Raichel: And If You Will Come To Me

Idan Raichel: And If You Will Come To Me

Idan Raichel – once vilified for being on the wrong side of Israeli politics, is, nevertheless, a bona-fide international superstar. His last few recordings,...

Sylvain Leroux: Quatuor Créole

The Montreal-based flutist, Sylvain Leroux is a peripatetic traveller. When he is not in Montreal, or Chicago, or New York, he might be in Toronto or Vancouver, heralding the uninitiated into the sound of his tambin, a Fula flute, played by the people of Conakry...

Fritz Hauser: Pieces for Percussion (Ensemble XII Conducted by Steven Schick)

The drum—first the stone and later the hollowed log drum—are probably among of the oldest of instruments, after the human voice, that is. Given that a number of ethnomusicologists agree that this is probably true, the music on this recording...

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