Friday, January 18, 2019

Barb Jungr: Shelter From The Storm

Élan, intelligence and passionate engagement: British chanssonier Barb Jungr brings all of it to her exemplary performance on Shelter From The Storm – Songs...

Henry Robinett: I Have Known Mountains

Henry Robinett’s 2015 album, I have Known Mountains is a wonderful narrative album that also explores the metaphysical as well as musical nature of...

Alfredo Cáceres & Waldo Valenzuela: Hispanica

Sometimes wonderfully talented guitarists can be tucked away where you can scarcely hear them until, that is, they happen to get together and produce...

Isabel Bayrakdarian – Ravel, Sayat-Nova & Kradjian: Troubadour and the Nightingale

In his seminal book "The Spirit of Romance—an attempt to define somewhat the charm of pre-renaissance literature of Latin Europe" (1910) Ezra Pound created what was very possibly the most definitive treatise on the poetry and music of the Golden Age of medieval Europe...

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840—1893) Piano Concertos 1 & 2

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840—1893) Piano Concertos 1 & 2 – Simon Trpceski: piano; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: Vasily Patrenko: conductor Nikolai Rubenstein, to whom Tchaikovsky...
Mark Applebaum: Speed Dating

Mark Applebaum: Speed Dating

Seven works by Mark Applebaum: Eight analog synthesizers, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players – Eduard Leandro, cond; Takao Hyakutome, vn; Southern Oregon University Percussion...

Everton “Pablo” Paul and La Academia: Remembrance

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/172355578" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=false" width="100%" height="130" iframe="true" /] The African-Caribbean music of Robert Nesta Marley is so unique and left such a lasting impression on his...

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) : The Art of Fugue

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750); The Art of Fugue (BWV 1080) Angela Hewitt: piano I had always approached Bach’s monumental work The Art...

Alune Wade & Harold López-Nussa: Havana-Paris-Dakar

There really is no telling what the truly magnificent pianist Harold López-Nussa will come up. He has participated in some of the most remarkable...
Guai: Dama de Paus

Guai: Dama de Paus

It is hard not to gush on about Guai (formerly known as Karol Guaitolini) and her stunning debut album Dama de Paus. It is...

Julio Botti: Sax To Tango

While top billing on this disc goes to Julio Botti, for his brightly lit and eloquent work on the tenor and soprano saxophones, the...

The Delegation: Evergreen (Canceled World)

Evergreen (Canceled World) a very Noir release from the iconic label ESP-Disk cues the Orwellian world of 1984, or more contemporaneously, Christopher Nolan’s dystopian...

Charenee Wade: Offering – The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson

Thanks to this courageous recording Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson there will be no such thing as an orphaned song...

André Mehmari e Mário Laginha: Ao Vivo no Auditório Ibirapuera

André Mehmari represents a new generation of musicians and pianists, who, like Benjamin Taubkin and Clarice Assad, is causing a sensation all over Brasil...

Oran Etkin: The Gathering

The folksy phrasing of the clarinetist and saxophonist is affecting and is informed by a dallying lilt that is unfettered. Notes hang as if...

Cuñao: Sangre y Arena

Blood and Sand is how this title translates into English; couple that with the fact that my copy of the disc has no notes...

Ray Obiedo: There Goes That

At first blush, you think that this disc might pass like a ship in the night. Although the music and its performers have lit...

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...

Steinar Aadnekvam: Freedom Tree

Norway, is not only the country of Edvard Grieg at one end of the musical spectrum and Jan Garbarek at the other. Nor is...

Hassan Hakmoun: Unity

Gnawas abound in Morocco. In Jajouka, the Master Musicians led by Bechir Attar; in Essaouria and by grand design, the Gnawa elders have passed the torch onto Maleem Mahmoud Ghania. Elsewhere in Morocco the healing force of Gnawa chants...

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