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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 

  

 

Wading Into Woody’s Deep Pool of Inspiration

 

 
 


 

  

 

Classical Epiphanies- Spring Concerts and Gem Recordings

 

 

 

 


 

  

NEW PIANO-BASED RECORDING GEMS: BECKONING TO EXPLORE BENEATH THE SURFACE

THE BAD PLUS: NEVER STOP [EONE MUSIC]

 

FRED HERSCH: ALONE AT THE VANGUARD [PALMETTO RECORDS]

 

 

 

 

AARON GOLDBERG: HOME [Sunnyside Records]


 

  

AS SPRINGSTEEN SINGS: “I WANT TO BE WHERE THE BANDS ARE!”

New Gem Releases from Swinging Bands

Back on September 3, 1977, the Grateful Dead took the outdoor stage at the Englishtown, New Jersey Speedway and were introduced by an animated Bill Graham, shouting out to the huge crowd: “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Finest Band in the Land, The Grateful Dead!”   ....
 

  

Tanglewood, 2011

[Reprise Records]

Nestled within the embrace of the rolling Berkshire Hills of Lenox, Massachusetts is Tanglewood, one of America’s most cherished and storied summer music venues. The 2011 Tanglewood season has just begun and with the late afternoon sunshine waxing and waning over the verdant landscape,   ....
 

  

Eric Clapton, “Clapton”

[Reprise Records]

Time to rejoice blues fans, EC is back in town! After some lackluster, saccharine pop recordings, Clapton returns to our neighborhood, driving an ice cream truck, rambunctiously ringing his bell and calling all blues fans to gather around for some tasty musical treats on this latest gem of a recording.  ....
 

  

Sam Rivers

'Fuchsia Swing

Sam Rivers might not be a household name when it comes to saxophone players, but he should be.   ....
 

  

Sly Johnson

Complete Mythology Boxset Review

It's no small feat to put together a box set for a musician whose career spans over half a century.  ....
 

  

Noah Preminger, “Before The Rain”

[Palmetto Records]

It is a late February evening and we are gathered in the warm confines of the intimate Scullers Jazz Club located in Cambridge, Massachusetts to garner some rhythmic heat and molten inspiration from a young tenor saxophonist who is on the lips of many keeping tabs on the ever evolving and propulsive New York City Jazz scene. ....
 

  

Odean Pope, “Odean’s List”

[In & Out Records]

Following in the footsteps of last month’s recording gem from young tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger, there is more rejoicing to be had in hearing the release from Philadelphia’s own tenor master, Odean Pope, on his sprawling creation, Odean’s List....
 

  

Antje Duvekot, “The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer”

[Black Wolf Records]

With a little chill in the air here in the Northeast, it’s time to head to a local state fair for a last ride on the Midway before winter, to sample a fried Twinkie on a stick and dip in some local brew...
 

  

Paquito Hechavarria, “Frankly”

[Calle54 Records]

As early summer wafts towards us, best to get to a local farmer’s market and sink your teeth into the first juicy tomato of the new season. ....
 

  

Dee Dee Bridgewater, “Eleanora Fagan: To Billie With Love From Dee Dee Bridgewater”

[DDB Records]

There may not be a more vital singer than Dee Dee Bridgewater on the Jazz scene today...
 

  

Kat Edmonson, “Take To The Sky”

[Convivium]

Let us head down to Austin, Texas to round up some needed heat in these wintry months and take in the warmth and sass of a fabulous new singer, Kat Edmonson....
 

  

BRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET, “Metamorphosen”

[Marsalis Music]

We’re swinging here in Boston as the annual Beantown Jazz Festival takes over the streets with stages fired up with Bebop and the Blues this month, and in October, the New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Program (founded by Gunther Schuller) celebrates its 40th anniversary with...
 

  

Lizz Wright - The Orchard [Verve Forecast B0010292-02]

Breathing in Home- The Heart of the Orchard

Travel with me to the place of my family. Listen with me to the tunes of my people. Dance with me like no one may see. Sing with me like your voice can heal. Pray with me for hope in us to yield peace. Finally, come with me - come home with me.
 

  

Johannes Brahms: Handel Variations

Cynthia Raim, piano (Connoisseur CD 4266)

It is raining today. The sky is gray and close about the canopy of trees and telephone wires. I imagine myself walking down Genesee Street in Utica on a balmy summer day in 2006. I hear piano music as I approach the First Presbyterian Church and I enter unnoticed. .......

  

Meg Hutchinson, “Come Up Full”

[Red House Records]

Its early summer and one simple pleasure is to observe all of Nature’s newest arrivals.....

  

The Derek Trucks Band, “Already Free”

[Victor Records]

Attention all Rockers and Blues Lovers: grab a Burnt Brisket Ends Sandwich from your favorite barbeque joint, (along with a cold Root Beer),....

  

Anat Cohen "Notes From The Village

[Anzic Records 1302]

It’s a chilly evening at the end of October and a boisterous, packed crowd has gathered in the comfortable confines of the Regattabar Jazz Club here in Cambridge, MA....

  

Wynton Marsalis, “Live At The House of Tribes”

[Bluenote Records]

Lets let the cat out of the bag, shall we? I’ve got one for you here that, if you are a lover of jazz, blues and masterful recordings, you will enjoy for nights on end.......

    

Davis & Deleault

[Delvad Music] www.davisanddeleault.com

Maybe you have not heard of reedman Don Davis from the Northern climes of New Hampshire and Vermont, but if you love challenging and contemplative jazz with blues tinges,......

   

Good Souls

[Shadow Brook Records] www.goodsoulsmusic.com

Now take a deep splash into some icy water and bob for apples at this other crafted beauty of a music statement, this time firmly planted in the regional rhythm and blues of the deep South......

  

Lucy Kaplansky, “Over The Hills”

[Red House Records]

As Spring takes wing here in the Northeast, with everything from yellow rumped warblers to moles claiming their territory, the music of Lucy Kaplansky sweetly presents itself to the eager listener in this new season......

  

Blue Rider Trio, “Early Morning Blues, The Complete Blue Rider

Trio Sessions” [Mapleshade Records 12132]

From the first, slow building acoustic guitar chords pristinely strummed by Ben Andrews, followed by the blistering boogie of Mark Wenner’s harmonica and Jeff Sarli’s slap happy Bass......

  

Schumann: Fantasy, Kreisleriana, Papillons, Fantasiestuecke, Humoreske

Cynthia Raim, piano

Every once in awhile, a miraculous musical event occurs, a perfect congruence of music and musician......

  

Los Fakires, “Los Fakires” [Deutsche Grammophon] Cuban Maestros

Journey with me to the city of San Carlos, a distance from the hustle and bustle of Havana, and enter the world of Los Fakires, five musicians who are elder statesmen of the classic Cuban melodies known as the Son.....

  

A Selective Sinatra Retrospective:
Part 2: The Top Twenty-Five”-A Subjective Listing

I recently received an e-mail from one of this magazine’s readers, telling me how much he enjoyed my article on Sinatra (here). He correctly pointed out that it was subtitled A Selective Sinatra Retrospective: Part 1. Not unreasonably.....

 

John Fogerty, “Revival” [Concord Music]

Put some salt on the rim of that margarita and get ready to rock to John Fogerty’s latest disc, Revival. Revival really gets going after the first couple of numbers.....

 

Mark Sherman, “Family First” [City Hall Records]

The world of jazz offers countless ways in which pairings of different voices and instruments intertwine to produce the newest of textures, the freshest of ideas....

 

Rick Wald and 16/NYC, “Castaneda’s Dreams” [Glowbow Music]

Work of Art- “Lift” [Soundkeeper Recordings]

 

 

Jon Faddis “Teranga” [Koch Records]

 

 

Manu Katche "Neighbourhood"

 

 

Dana Cunningham, “The Color of Light”


 

  

Delfeayo Marsalis, “Minions Dominion”

 

  

The Kennedy's "Positively Live"

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Jeffrey Foucault, “Ghost Repeater”

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A TRIBUTE TO LEONARD HOCHMAN AND HIS RECORDINGS

 

  

Great Big Sea, “Rant & Roar” [Sire Records 31023]

 

  

Bruce Cockburn Speechless

 

  

Mike Tucker, “Collage”

 

  

S. Bach: The Well Tempered Clavier, Books 1 & 2, João Carlos Martins, piano

 

  

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas, Elizabeth Rich, piano

 

  

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F, Prelude No. 2; Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, conducted by Ernest Martinez Izquierdo; Michel Camilo, piano

 

  

Vlatko Stefanovski & Miroslav Tadic, “Krushevo”
If you are not familiar with the audiophile gems of MA Recordings (www.marecordings.com)

  

Three SACD Hybrid Releases from Mercury
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos 2 & 3, Byron Janis, Dorati, 470 639-2
Stravinsky: Firebird, Fireworks, etc. Dorati, 470 643-2
Respighi: Ancient Dances & Airs, Dorati, 470 637-2

Patricia Barber, “Live –A Fortnight In France [Blue Note Records 57821322].

 

Edward Rosser: Piano Music of Chopin, Schubert, Debussy and Schumann.

 

Doug Macleod, “Whose Truth, Whose Lies” [Audioquest Music AQ-CD1054].

 

A Spring Sampling: Jazz and Blues Gem Recordings From Local Boston Artists:
Laszlo Gardony – “Ever Before Ever After”
Shelley Neill “Entrée Blue” (with Laslo Gardony, Yoron Israel and Ron Mahdi).

 

Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas, Complete Piano Concertos, Gerard Willems, Stuart & Sons Piano
 

Blue Mitchell – Blue’s Moods
 

'Nuff Said - Recording live session 1968 Apr. 7, Westbury NY, Westbury Music Fair
 

Tab Benoit – “The Sea Saint Sessions“ [Telarc Blues CD-83573]
 

  

Beethoven: Sonatas Op. 57, Appassionata, Op. 26, Funeral March; Sviatoslav Richter, Piano
[JVC JM-XR24017]

 

Saint-Saëns, Symphony No. 3 “Organ”, Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra [Telarc hybrid SACD-60634]
Once again one of Telarc’s superb hybrid SACDs, but this one is rather special. It is special because it was a labor of love when it was recorded in 1980 employing the Soundstream Digital recording system...