• Best Pop Albums 2014

    This entry is part of 4 in the series Best Of

    This is the least ratio­nal­ized, most per­sonal list I come up with. There’s plenty of music I lis­ten to dur­ing the year that I have praise for, but my per­sonal and pro­fes­sional inter­est in jazz, clas­si­cal, exper­i­men­tal, impro­vised, etc music includes crit­i­cal praise of things for how they work, not nec­es­sar­ily for how much un-thinking,(…)

  • Best Classical Albums 2014

    This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Best Of

    First, a note on gen­res and cat­e­gories: Like my jazz list, this one is defined by the genre, and like that jazz list I’m doing this to be inclu­sive. In terms of his­tory and tra­di­tion, the accu­mu­la­tion of ideas, styles and forms through time, clas­si­cal music (like jazz) had a long-expanding com­mon lan­guage, then reached(…)

  • Why I List

    … Because I still have not got­ten through all the 2014 releases that have come my way, and now I’ve… http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

  • dcomposer: Ken Montgomery has a lot going on this month, but…

    dcom­poser: Ken Mont­gomery has a lot going on this month, but make sure you put his Musi­cal Ecolo­gies event next Thurs­day on your agenda…it’s a “not to be missed!” event! — http://on.fb.me/1rX0ZT8 http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

  • In the Holiday Books issue of today’s New York Times Book Review, there are reviews of…”

    In the Hol­i­day Books issue of today’s New York Times Book Review, there are reviews of… http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

  • Consumer Reports: Mahler Monday

    This entry is part of 11 in the series Con­sumer Reports

    This year is unusual in that there were no new Mahler record­ings of note (although some impor­tant reis­sues, more on that in an upcom­ing post). On a per­sonal level, I dis­cov­ered the recent cham­ber reduc­tion of the Sym­phony No. 9 through a great con­cert from the Argento Ensem­ble, but I can’t rec­om­mend the two extant(…)

  • Chuck C. Johnson: Journalist (In Three Images)

    Chuck C. John­son: Jour­nal­ist (In Three Images): mrde­structo: Ear­lier this year, Chuck C. John­son… http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

Best Pop Albums 2014

This entry is part of 4 in the series Best Of

This is the least ratio­nal­ized, most per­sonal list I come up with. There’s plenty of music I lis­ten to dur­ing the year that I have praise for, but my per­sonal and pro­fes­sional inter­est in jazz, clas­si­cal, exper­i­men­tal, impro­vised, etc music includes crit­i­cal praise of things for how they work, not nec­es­sar­ily for how much un-thinking,(…)

Best Classical Albums 2014

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Best Of

First, a note on gen­res and cat­e­gories: Like my jazz list, this one is defined by the genre, and like that jazz list I’m doing this to be inclu­sive. In terms of his­tory and tra­di­tion, the accu­mu­la­tion of ideas, styles and forms through time, clas­si­cal music (like jazz) had a long-expanding com­mon lan­guage, then reached(…)

Why I List

… Because I still have not got­ten through all the 2014 releases that have come my way, and now I’ve… http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

dcomposer: Ken Montgomery has a lot going on this month, but…

dcom­poser: Ken Mont­gomery has a lot going on this month, but make sure you put his Musi­cal Ecolo­gies event next Thurs­day on your agenda…it’s a “not to be missed!” event! — http://on.fb.me/1rX0ZT8 http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

In the Holiday Books issue of today’s New York Times Book Review, there are reviews of…”

In the Hol­i­day Books issue of today’s New York Times Book Review, there are reviews of… http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

Consumer Reports: Mahler Monday

This entry is part of 11 in the series Con­sumer Reports

This year is unusual in that there were no new Mahler record­ings of note (although some impor­tant reis­sues, more on that in an upcom­ing post). On a per­sonal level, I dis­cov­ered the recent cham­ber reduc­tion of the Sym­phony No. 9 through a great con­cert from the Argento Ensem­ble, but I can’t rec­om­mend the two extant(…)

Chuck C. Johnson: Journalist (In Three Images)

Chuck C. John­son: Jour­nal­ist (In Three Images): mrde­structo: Ear­lier this year, Chuck C. John­son… http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

Playlist

Where did all these albums come from?” edition—all record­ings that were sent to me for crit­i­cal lis­ten­ing, all of which are worth hear­ing more than once:   Brook­lyn Rider, The Brook­lyn Rider Almanac (Mer­cury Clas­sics) Paul Dolden, Who Has the Biggest Sound? (Stark­land) Baroque Band, Garry Clarke, Mau­rice Greene: Over­tures (Cedille) Takoma Ensem­ble, Scott Pen­der: Foothills (scottpender.net) Nels Cline &(…)

Best Jazz Albums of 2014 (UPDATED)

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Best Of

This is the list of albums I sub­mit­ted to Fran­cis Davis for his Jazz Crit­ics Poll (and also posted at the Jazz Jour­nal­ists Asso­ci­a­tion site). Jazz releases this year were broad and deep in over­all, con­sis­tent qual­ity, though none on the top new releases lists star­tled me. No crit­i­cism, the fresh­est and most unex­pected music(…)

December Early Listings

The Brook­lyn Rail has a dou­ble issue for Decem­ber and Jan­u­ary, and will be out later in the month (the staff, guest edi­tor and I are scram­bling to fin­ish up a deep joint inte­view with Henry Thread­g­ill and Jason Moran), so our list­ings will be delayed until then. But for early Decem­ber, highly selec­tive and recommended(…)