CD Archive

Ken Fowser, sax – Now Hear This – PosiTone

Ken Fowser, sax – Now Hear This – PosiTone

Keeping it real… Ken Fowser, sax – Now Hear This – PosiTone PR8163, 55:21 ****: (Ken Fowser – tenor sax; Josh Bruneau – trumpet/Flugelhorn; Rick Germanson – piano; Paul Gill – bass; Jason Tiemann – drums) Last year, when we reviewed Ken Fowser’s initial CD as band leader, (his previous issues for PosiTone shared the limelight […]

Brad MYERS & Michael SHARFE – Sanguinaria (Hopefulsongs) – Colloquy

Brad MYERS & Michael SHARFE – Sanguinaria (Hopefulsongs) – Colloquy

Brad MYERS & Michael SHARFE – Sanguinaria (Hopefulsongs) – Colloquy 13214, 59:49 (1/30/17) ****½: (Brad Myers – guitar/ Michael Sharfe – doublebass/ Dan Dorff Jr. – drums/ Tom Buckley – drums/ Marc Wolfley – percussion/ Dan Karlsberg – melodica) Outstanding arrangements for guitar & bass duo rooted in classic jazz and midwestern Americana aesthetic.  The […]

ROY HARRIS & JOHN ADAMS: Violin Concertos with Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin) / BBC Sym. Orch./Andrew Litton – Signum Classics

ROY HARRIS & JOHN ADAMS: Violin Concertos with Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin) / BBC Sym. Orch./Andrew Litton – Signum Classics

ROY HARRIS & JOHN ADAMS: Violin Concertos with Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin) / BBC Sym. Orch./Andrew Litton – Signum Classics  SIGCD468, 62:22 (10/1/16) [Distr. by Naxos] ****: Two lovely contemporary violin concertos. This is a highly desirable recording from Signum Classics. It offers two violin concertos by American composers Roy Harris and John Adams. The Adams […]

Pete Townsend’s Deep end – Face The Face – Video DVD + CD (1986/2016)

Pete Townsend’s Deep end – Face The Face – Video DVD + CD (1986/2016)

Pete Townsend’s Deep end – Face The Face – Video DVD + CD (1986/2016) A thirty year-old concert of Who leader has re-emerged. Performers: Pete Townsend – guitar, vocals; Peter-Hope Evans – harmonica; Chuchu Merca – bass; Simon Phillips – drums; John “Rabbit” Bundrick – keyboards; Jody Linscott – percussion; David Gilmour – guitar; “The […]

JOHN ADAMS: The Dharma at Big Sur; My Father Knew Charles Ives – BBC Sym. Orch./ John Adams /with Tracy Silverman, electric violin – Nonesuch (2 CDs)

JOHN ADAMS: The Dharma at Big Sur; My Father Knew Charles Ives – BBC Sym. Orch./ John Adams /with Tracy Silverman, electric violin – Nonesuch (2 CDs)

JOHN ADAMS: The Dharma at Big Sur; My Father Knew Charles Ives – BBC Sym. Orch./ John Adams /with Tracy Silverman, electric violin – Nonesuch 2-CD disc set 79857-2, 52:00 (9/26/06) ****: John Adams at his best with an East Coast and West Coast-themed musical offering. This is not a new disc, as it was […]

Lean – Lean – Music Wizards

Lean – Lean – Music Wizards

Lean in and listen: trio music which is loose and lingering.   Lean – Lean [TrackList follows] – Music Wizards 712411776534, 57:16 [9/16/16] ****: (Jerome Sabbagh – tenor and soprano saxes; Simon Jermyn – electric bass, effects; Allison Miller – drums, bike, effects) Lean is a New York City-based trio consisting of saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh, bassist […]

A Slight Departure – Birdsong At Morning – Expanded Edition (Video & Pure Audio Blu-ray + CD) – Blue Gentian

A Slight Departure – Birdsong At Morning – Expanded Edition (Video & Pure Audio Blu-ray + CD) – Blue Gentian

A Slight Departure – Birdsong At Morning – Expanded Edition (Video & Pure Audio Stereo Blu-ray + CD) – Blue Gentian 008, 53:22 (7/21/15) ****: A very unusual video Blu-ray plus CD and unusual hi-res music too. (1st Amazon button may be for the CD alone, the 2nd for the Blu-ray) (Alan Williams – acoustic & […]

Dave Stryker, guitar – Eight Track II – Strikezone

Dave Stryker, guitar – Eight Track II – Strikezone

Making the oldies new. Dave Stryker, guitar – Eight Track II [TrackList follows] – Strikezone 8814, 65:47 [9/2/16] ****: (Dave Stryker – guitar/ Steve Nelson – vibraphone/ Jared Gold – organ/ McClenty Hunter – drums) Guitarist Dave Stryker once again gets the gold—AM Gold, that is—on Eight Track II, his sequel to 2014’s Eight Track. […]

High Risk – Dark Territory – Greenleaf Music

High Risk – Dark Territory – Greenleaf Music

“Welcome to the future.” High Risk – Dark Territory [TrackList follows] – Greenleaf Music GRE-CD-1049, 40:10 [7/8/16] ****: (Dave Douglas – trumpet, producer; Jonathan Maron – electric and synth bass; Mark Guiliana – acoustic and electric drums; Shigeto – electronics) Trumpeter Dave Douglas knows more than a bit about heading into unknown or new terrain. He […]

Audio News for September 9, 2016

Everything by Mozart Gets 200-CD Set – Decca Classics has now released a massive 200-disc box set for Mozart completlists. DGG also participated in the Universal Music Group release titled Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition, which arrives late next month. It contains all his symphonies, concertos and all 22 operas plus a newly-discovered composition. […]

Audio News for August 26, 2016

Sony Is Advertising a Hi-Res Turntable – There cannot be such a thing as a hi-res turntable. It may be designed to convert vinyl discs to audio files, but it is not therefore hi-res. Vinyl may often sound fantastic, but it is not hi-res and never will be. Post-iPod Players – Both new and experienced […]

Audio News for August 5, 2016

Cadillac CT6 Bose Panaray Audio System – The $3700 optional audio system puts 34 tiny speakers around the cabin to create an immersive soundstage. It succeeds where most surround sound systems fall short: it perfectly blends the discrete channels into a uniform soundstage. The system’s center channel silently rises from the center of the dash […]

Chat Noir – Nine Thoughts for One Word – RareNoise

Chat Noir – Nine Thoughts for One Word – RareNoise

A trio which finds the middle ground between electronics and acoustics. Chat Noir – Nine Thoughts for One Word [TrackList follows] – RareNoise RNR064, 48:09 [5/20/16] ****: (Michele Cavaliari – keyboards, piano, effects; Luca Fogagnolo – electric bass, upright bass, trombone; J. Peter Schwalm – electronics, beats, keyboards, acoustic guitar; Daniel Calvi – electric guitar, […]

Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison – In Movement – ECM

Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison – In Movement – ECM

Family, friendship, musical camaraderie: all part of the latest from Jack DeJohnette. Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison – In Movement [TrackList follows] ECM 2488, 54:21 [5/6/16] ****1/2: (Jack DeJohnette – drums, piano, electronic percussion; Ravi Coltrane – tenor, soprano and sopranino saxophone; Matthew Garrison – electric bass, electronics) What would the jazz world be […]

CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 3; Mazurka Nos. 36, 37 & 38; Nocturne No. 4; Scherzo No. 3; Polonaise No. 6 “Heroic” – Martha Argerich, p. – Parlophone/ Warner Classics

CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 3; Mazurka Nos. 36, 37 & 38; Nocturne No. 4; Scherzo No. 3; Polonaise No. 6 “Heroic” – Martha Argerich, p. – Parlophone/ Warner Classics

A magnificent format for an amazing piano performer. CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 3; Mazurka Nos. 36, 37 & 38; Nocturne No. 4; Scherzo No. 3; Polonaise No. 6 “Heroic” – Martha Argerich, piano – Parlophone/ Warner Classics 0825646372867 stereo vinyl (6/3/16) *****: This is the first release on LP, the format for which the recording […]

“Opus 250” – Works by BERG, ULVO, SÖDERLING and PAUS – Bergen Philharmonic Orch. – LAWO

“Opus 250” – Works by BERG, ULVO, SÖDERLING and PAUS – Bergen Philharmonic Orch. – LAWO

“Opus 250” – Works by BERG, ULVO, SÖDERLING and PAUS – Bergen Philharmonic Orch. /Andrew Litton /James Macmillan/ Edward Gardner – LAWO Classics LC1089, 72:54 (11/27/15) [Dist. by Naxos] ****: Contemporary music from Norway nicely recorded and expertly played. In celebration of its 250th anniversary (!), the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra has undertaken an interesting project […]

David Fiuczynski – Flam! Blam! Pan Asian Microjam! – RareNoise

David Fiuczynski – Flam! Blam! Pan Asian Microjam! – RareNoise

Welcome to David Fiuczynski’s microtonal jazz terrain: unfamiliar musical landscapes abound. David Fiuczynski – Flam! Blam! Pan Asian Microjam! [TrackList follows] RareNoise RNR058, 47:02 [3/18/16] ****: (David Fiuczynski – fretted and fretless guitar, piano (track 6), percussion (tracks 4, 7, 9); Helen Sherrah-Davies – violin (tracks 1-7); Yazhi Guo – suona (oboe) and Chinese percussion […]