• Consumer Reports

    This entry is part of 15 in the series Con­sumer Reports

    Upcom­ing releases you should con­sider: Miles Davis at New­port 1955–1975: The Boot­leg Series Vol. 4: This really is self-recommending, the lat­est install­ment of Sony’s ongo­ing series. What a plea­sure to hear Miles Davis record­ings that you haven’t heard before! This set cov­ers his early musi­cal matu­rity to the elec­tric years, is all live, and will(…)

  • Is This Thing On? Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew News

    This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Bitches Brew

    Mic check, mic check … Appar­ently, it’s on now. As you can see from the time­line, it’s been sev­eral months since my last post, I con­fess. While I have writ­ten tens of thou­sands of words on music, none here. But there will be more forth­com­ing, start­ing with this post (and you can keep track of recent(…)

  • Consumer Reports

    This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series Con­sumer Reports

    The Pierre Boulez fun will even­tu­ally stop, as there’s a limit to what is left for him to do, as cer­tainly hardly any record­ings (if any) that are not in cir­cu­la­tion. Join­ing the fun of last years, excel­lent, valu­able and highly rec­om­mended Pierre Boulez: Com­plete Colum­bia Album Col­lec­tion is the com­pan­ion box from Deutsche Gramaphon,(…)

  • Miles Time

    I sent my Bitches Brew man­u­script in last night, and will have an update on pub­li­ca­tion date some­time dur­ing the next cou­ple of months. I wrote approx­i­mately 70,000 words total, in all my work, for Jan­u­ary, so reg­u­lar blog­ging will resume some­time next week. In the mean­time, enjoy the video.

  • Join The Club

    This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Bitches Brew

    Over at 333sounds, my edi­tor announced that there will be a new open call for book pro­pos­als, with notice and guide­lines going up at the end of June, and pro­pos­als dues in early August. Time to get your shit together. Series Update/Open Call News/You’ll Want to Read This One: < block­quote> Dear Read­ers, For the(…)

  • Mahler, Then And Now

    Tonight I’m cov­er­ing the sec­ond install­ment of the Argento Ensemble’s “Mahler in New York” series, which pairs con­tem­po­rary com­poses with cham­ber arrange­ments of Mahler. Tonight the fea­ture is the Schoenberg/Riehn reduc­tion of Das Lied von der Erde, and I’m expect­ing big things after Argento’s tremen­dous play­ing of Sym­phony No. 9. Dur­ing a break in this morning’s(…)

  • Critic’s Choice

    Bora Yoon’s Sunken Cathe­dral is my Critic’s Choice this week at the New York Clas­si­cal Review. The word on tick­ets is that there are very few left, so if you’re inter­ested, order them now. For back­ground, lis­ten to our talk with her on the Dec-Jan Rail Tracks Pod­cast. And pick up her CD, one of the(…)

Consumer Reports

This entry is part of 15 in the series Con­sumer Reports

Upcom­ing releases you should con­sider: Miles Davis at New­port 1955–1975: The Boot­leg Series Vol. 4: This really is self-recommending, the lat­est install­ment of Sony’s ongo­ing series. What a plea­sure to hear Miles Davis record­ings that you haven’t heard before! This set cov­ers his early musi­cal matu­rity to the elec­tric years, is all live, and will(…)

Is This Thing On? Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew News

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Bitches Brew

Mic check, mic check … Appar­ently, it’s on now. As you can see from the time­line, it’s been sev­eral months since my last post, I con­fess. While I have writ­ten tens of thou­sands of words on music, none here. But there will be more forth­com­ing, start­ing with this post (and you can keep track of recent(…)

Consumer Reports

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series Con­sumer Reports

The Pierre Boulez fun will even­tu­ally stop, as there’s a limit to what is left for him to do, as cer­tainly hardly any record­ings (if any) that are not in cir­cu­la­tion. Join­ing the fun of last years, excel­lent, valu­able and highly rec­om­mended Pierre Boulez: Com­plete Colum­bia Album Col­lec­tion is the com­pan­ion box from Deutsche Gramaphon,(…)

Miles Time

I sent my Bitches Brew man­u­script in last night, and will have an update on pub­li­ca­tion date some­time dur­ing the next cou­ple of months. I wrote approx­i­mately 70,000 words total, in all my work, for Jan­u­ary, so reg­u­lar blog­ging will resume some­time next week. In the mean­time, enjoy the video.

Join The Club

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Bitches Brew

Over at 333sounds, my edi­tor announced that there will be a new open call for book pro­pos­als, with notice and guide­lines going up at the end of June, and pro­pos­als dues in early August. Time to get your shit together. Series Update/Open Call News/You’ll Want to Read This One: < block­quote> Dear Read­ers, For the(…)

Mahler, Then And Now

Tonight I’m cov­er­ing the sec­ond install­ment of the Argento Ensemble’s “Mahler in New York” series, which pairs con­tem­po­rary com­poses with cham­ber arrange­ments of Mahler. Tonight the fea­ture is the Schoenberg/Riehn reduc­tion of Das Lied von der Erde, and I’m expect­ing big things after Argento’s tremen­dous play­ing of Sym­phony No. 9. Dur­ing a break in this morning’s(…)

Critic’s Choice

Bora Yoon’s Sunken Cathe­dral is my Critic’s Choice this week at the New York Clas­si­cal Review. The word on tick­ets is that there are very few left, so if you’re inter­ested, order them now. For back­ground, lis­ten to our talk with her on the Dec-Jan Rail Tracks Pod­cast. And pick up her CD, one of the(…)

Consumer Reports: Beyond Bitches Brew

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series Con­sumer Reports

My work on the Bitches Brew book has hit fifth gear, which is good because it’s due at the end of the month! I have been, of course, lis­ten­ing to a ton of Miles Davis records, not just the music in and around Bitches Brew but what came before and after. The con­text of Miles’(…)

My Nine

This entry is part of 7 in the series Best Of

I picked this up from Alex Ross, who picked it up from some­one who goes by CK Dex­ter Haven (naw mang, I’m the one with unsus­pected depths, that’s why my wife mar­ried me). Make a list of your favorite num­bered sym­phonies, one through nine. You might be sur­prised by the results. Here’s mine (I share(…)

Einstein On The Beach

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Great­est Hits

(For the sea­son, and my Win­ter Fundraiser, I’m repost­ing some old favorites.) The com­plete Ein­stein on the Beach in the pro­duc­tion seen at BAM in 2012. You’re wel­come. One Two Three Four One Two Three Four Five Six One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight These are the days my friends these are the days my friends