Los Angeles Archive
McRae – The Great American Songbook – Atlantic SD 2-904 (1972)/Pure Pleasure (2017) stereo double vinyl, 71:17 ****: Jazz chanteuse delivers a versatile set on a vinyl re-mastering of a 1972 concert. (Carmen McRae – vocals, piano; Joe Pass – guitar; Jimmy Rowles – piano; Chuck Domanico – doublebass; Chuck Flores – drums) Pure Pleasure […]
Elemental Music keeps the Xanadu flame lit- Part I… Dolo Coker – California Hard – Elemental/Xanadu 906081 – 1976, 51:13 ****1/2: (Dolo Coker – piano; Blue Mitchell – trumpet/Flugelhorn; Art Pepper – alto and tenor sax; Leroy Vinnegar – bass; Frank Butler – drums) Sonny Criss – Saturday Morning – Elemental/Xanadu 906086 (1975), 39:38 ***1/2: […]
A jazz journey from two artists who’ve been there, done that. The Stryker/Slagle Band Expanded – Routes [TrackList follows] – Strikezone 8813, 50:16 [2/5/16] ****: (Dave Stryker – guitar, co-producer; Steve Slagle – alto saxophone, soprano saxophone (track 2), flute (tracks 2, 6), horn arranger, co-producer; John Clark – French horn; Billy Drewes – tenor […]
Conductor Chung extends his ongoing Mahler cycle to embrace a powerful reading of the Fifth Symphony.
A cello-led jazz project: it’s a lot more than you might expect.
BACH: Brandenburg Concertos (complete) – Los Angeles Phil. Orch./ Pinchas Zukerman – Pentatone 4.0 (2 discs)
Back again and sounding wonderful, this set is truly a refreshing excursion into the world of Bach.
Definitely a movie for the fast car fans.
This is an excellent analog jazz piano recording.
A powerful trio with a propulsive, harder jazz rock propensity.
Myriam Solovieff, violin = BACH: Chaconne from Solo Partita No. 2 in D Minor; MOZART: Violin Sonata in E Minor; BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor – Myriam Solovieff, v./ Julius Katchen, p. – MeloClassic
Myriam Solovieff strikes us an artist we would like to know better, here paired with pianist Julius Katchen.
Veteran blues outfit lets the good times roll.
“The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994” – Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti – tenors/ LA Music Center Opera Chorus/ Los Angeles Phil./ Zubin Mehta – Warner Classics (CD+DVD)
It’s been out many times before, but now we have video and audio together in a history making performance.
A wonderful initial recording from a trumpeter of both facility and rigor.
Nels Cline: always expect the unexpected.
“Exile – Piano Music by Composers with Roots in Two Continents” = KORNGOLD: Vier Walzer für Klavier; ERICH ZEISL: 8 Klavierstücke: “November”; TOCH: Scherzo in B Minor; Profile No. 3; Der Jongleur, Burleske; SCHOENBERG: Sechs kleine Stücke; CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO: Cielo di settembre; I Naviganti; Fandango – Eric Le Van, p. – Music & Arts
Attractive music attractively played: a fascinating portrait of European composers in self-exile.
“Barefoot” = Piano Music of Chopin, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Adams, Hofman, Kupferman, Muczynski, & Wolfgang – Joanne Pearce Martin, p. – Yarlung Records
Pianist Joanne Pearce Martin shares her favorite music.
L.A. 6 – A bright future for West Coast Jazz….
BRETT DEAN: The Lost Art of Letter Writing; Testament for Twelve Violas; Vexations and Devotions – Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin/Sydney Sym./Jonathan Nott/BBC Sym. viola section/ Martyn Brabbins/ BBC Sym. and Chorus/Gondwana Voices/ David Robertson – BIS
Very interesting works with an element of message.
An album filled with soulful magic.
“Smoke & Mirrors” = REICH: Nagoya Marimbas; Music for Pieces of Wood; HARRISON: Canticle No. 3; WHITACRE: Sleep; TYWONIUK: Happenstance; TAKEMITSU: Rain Tree; RAVEL-TYWONIUK: Sonatine – Smoke & Mirrors Percussion Ens. – Yarlung
A most worthwhile and listenable program of percussion works.
A quick bio on this year’s entertainment icon – winner of the Life Achievement Award from the AFI.
STRAVINSKY: ‘Complete Music for Piano & Orchestra’ = Song of the Volga Boatmen; Concerto for piano and wind instruments; Capriccio for piano and orch.; Movements for piano and orch.; Concerto in D; Canon – Steven Osborne, piano/BBC Scottish Sym. Orch./Ilan Volkov – Hyperion
Stellar collection and a couple of surprises.