Chicago Edge Ensemble – Decaying Orbit [TrackList follows] – Music+ Silpakorn University 53:35 [3/17/17] ****: A Chicago jazz quintet which embraces that city’s musical unconventionality. (Dan Phillips – guitar, producer; Mars Williams – saxophones; Jeb Bishop – trombone; Hamid Drake – drums; Krzysztof Pabian – double bass) The Chicago jazz/improvisation scene has been—and continues to […]
ECLIPSE = Chamber music by Mischa Zupko – Sang Mee Lee (v.)/ Wendy Warner (c.)/ Mischa Zupko (p.) – Cedille
A wonderment of shades of color infatuate this fascinating composer’s music. “ECLIPSE – Chamber music by Mischa Zupko” = Rising; Fallen; From Twilight; Eclipse; Nebula; Shades of Grey; Love Obsession – Sang Mee Lee, violin/ Wendy Warner, cello/ Mischa Zupko, piano – Cedille CDR 90000 168, 67:45 [Distr. by Naxos] ***1/2: This is my first […]
“French Music” – works of CHAUSSON: Sym. in B-flat; Poeme de L’Amour; DEBUSSY: Printemps – Praga Digitals
The colorful, Symbolist scores of Ernest Chausson receive classic accounts by Munch and Barbirolli. French Music = CHAUSSON: Symphony in B-flat Major, Op. 20; Poeme de L’Amour et de la Mer, Op .19; DEBUSSY: Printemps – Symphonic Suite – Kathleen Ferrier, contr./ Halle Orch./ Sir John Barbirolli/ Boston Sym. Orch./ Charles Munch (Chausson Symphony and […]
Saxophonist Nate Lepine: helping put the new Chicago sound on the musical map. Nate Lepine Quartet: Vortices – ears&eyes ee:16-054, 44:48 [9/30/16] ****: (Clark Sommers – bass; Nick Mazzarella – alto saxophone; Nate Lepine – tenor saxophone; Quin Kirchner – drums) Jazz fans may not realize it, but Chicago is a city with a vibrant […]
Unpredictable, Chicago-styled ensemble improvisation and composition. Jason Roebke Octet – Cinema Spiral [TrackList Follows] – NoBusiness NBCD 86, 52:39 [9/16/16] ****: (Greg Ward – alto saxophone; Keefe Jackson – tenor and sopranino saxophone, contrabass clarinet; Jason Stein – bass clarinet; Josh Berman – trumpet; Jeb Bishop – trombone; Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone; Jason Roebke – […]
Trios from Our Homelands” – REBECCA CLARKE: Piano Trio; ARNO BABAJANIAN: Piano Trio; FRANK MARTIN: Trio on Pop Irish Melodies – Lincoln Trio – Cedille
We got a duplicate of this, so here is a second review opinion on the same recent CD. “Trios from Our Homelands” – REBECCA CLARKE: Piano Trio; ARNO BABAJANIAN: Piano Trio in f-sharp; FRANK MARTIN: Trio on Popular Irish Melodies – Lincoln Trio – Cedille CDR 9000 165, 64:15 ****: Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) narrowly lost […]
“Trios from Our Homelands” = REBECCA CLARKE: Piano Trio; ARNO BABAJANIAN: Piano Trio; MARTIN: Trio sur des mélodies populaires irlandaises – Lincoln Trio – Cedille
A lovely disc of neglected and highly worthy trios. “Trios from our Homelands” = REBECCA CLARKE: Piano Trio; ARNO BABAJANIAN: Piano Trio in f-sharp; FRANK MARTIN: Trio sur des mélodies populaires irlandaises – Lincoln Trio – Cedille 90000 165, 1:04:08 (8/12/16) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: The three members of the Lincoln Trio are using their […]
Sennheiser Coming to the Big Apple – Headphones will take center stage in October when Sennheiser opens two retail outlets in New York. Both a flagship Soundscape showroom in Westfield World Trade Center and a pop-up store in SoHo will stock Sennheiser’s audiophile range of headphones, including the new HE 1 electrostatic reference headphone system, […]
Jeri Southern – Blue Note Chicago, March 1956 – Uptown mono UPCD 27.84 67:06 ****: A torch singer who resided in the style without the regret. (Jeri Southern – vocals, piano; Al Bruno – bass; Dominic “Mickey” Simonetta – drums) There was a period in the 1950s, when most of the female singers of any […]
With Twin Talk, communication is key. Twin Talk – Twin Talk [TrackList follows] – ears&eyes ee: 16-043, 53:45 [4/29/16] ****: (Andrew Green – drums; Katie Ernst – bass, voice; Dustin Laurenzi – tenor saxophone) A little medical jargon is necessary to appreciate the moniker of this Chicago trio. Cryptophasia (or twin talk) is a language […]
Multi-genre instrumental album of the year. Dave Miller – Old Door Phantoms [TrackList follows] ears & eyes ee:16-046, 44:59 [4/1/16] ****: (Dave Miller – guitar, Mellotron; Ben Boye – pianet, Wurlitzer electric piano, Mellotron; Matt Ulery – Fender bass; Quin Kirchner – drums, percussion) You can’t peg guitarist Dave Miller. He’s juxtaposes jazz, rock and […]
JIMMY LÓPEZ: Péru Negro; Synesthésie; Lord of the Air; América Salvaje – Jesus Castro-Balbi, cello/Norwegian Radio Orch./ Miguel Harth-Bedoya – Harmonia mundi HMU 907628, 77:39 (8/14/15) ****: Bold new works from this exciting new composer. Strictly speaking, Peruvian-born Jimmy Lopez is not ‘new’ – except to me. In fact, López was recently hailed by The […]
MAURICE GREENE: Six Overtures in Seven Parts; Pieces from Lessons for the Harpsichord; Ov. to Phoebe; Ov. to St. Cecilia – Baroque Band/ Garry Clarke – Cedille
Delightful overtures from a contemporary of Handel’s.
VIVALDI: The Complete Viola D’Amore Concertos – Rachel Barton Pine, viola d’amore/ Hopkinson Smith, lute/ Ars Antiqua – Cedille
Rachel Burton Pine explores the colorful gamut of Vivaldi’s concertos for that most exotic of violins, the viola d’amore.
35+ years later, a connoisseur jazz label’s entire collection superbly remastered…
JAMES M. STEPHENSON: The Devil’s Tale – Matt Bean, narr./Western Illinois U. Faculty Chamber Players/Mike Fansler – Ravello
Very clever and entertaining work pays homage to Stravinsky.
Early Melvin Taylor session gets an audiophile upgrade…
A third installment of Reiner Rarities grants us some exquisite French repertory, lovingly restored.
A thrilling musical dialogue among musicians who are at their improvisational best.
Muddy Waters’ piano player steps into the spotlight.
The Rolling Stones – 12×5 – London Records /Abkco Records vinyl/
The Rolling Stones In Concert – ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out –London Records /Decca Records (UK)/Abkco Records vinyl
Two great vinyl reissues of Rolling Stones material.
The Rolling Stones – 12×5 – London Records /Abkco Records vinyl/The Rolling Stones In Concert – ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out –London Records /Decca Records (UK)/Abkco Records vinyl
Two great vinyl reissues of Rolling Stones material.