A lot of young dudes playing the piano to varying results … and don’t forget the ladies: I have not seen Conrad Tao in the flesh, but reliable reports tell me that he is an actual person, and not the artifice of the classical music marketing departments. He’s a valuable figure for several reasons, none(…)
One of the best records of the year. More about the band here, download the track here, buy the album here, see the show here.
Recordings from the past few years that due to the demands of time and schedule I never gave full reviews, but are fine and enjoyable and recommended: Gary Smulyan: Smul’s Paradise</em> — excellent, soulful, bluesy hard-bop from a musician’s musician. Bill Laswell: Means of Deliverance — solo acoustic bass recording from Laswell, and an impressive(…)
Elliott Sharp Aggregat Quintet: as good as last year’s great Aggregat trio album, but more so. The Soviet Experience, Volume 4, Pacifica String Quartet: this finished up their Shostakovich cycle, which has been great, and this set in particular is powerful, one of the best classical releases of the year. Bartók and Kodály: The Complete String Quartets,(…)
When it’s time to start thinking of giving, nothing beats a box of discs: Remember, if you order by clicking the links, you help support this site Jazz: Dave Douglas: DD50 Trumpeter Dave Douglas turned fifty this year, and his celebration included releasing a boxed set of new and recent recordings, DD50. It’s a rare package in that(…)
A compact set of music centered around bassist Sverisson, as leader or sideman. All this music was released this year, one disc recently (two days late due to technical issues): The Box Tree: a set of duets with saxophonist Óskar Gudjónsson. Exceptionally lovely and tender music, unobtrusive but with a lot of emotional presence. The(…)
Picked up from Phil Freeman’s Burning Ambulance (thanks Phil!), here is John Zorn’s great Moonchild band playing the new disc, Templars in Sacred Blood, at the Moers Festival this past May.