Signal: Glassworks

This is a strange recording. Whatever one thinks of Glass’ music, it has an underlying, almost physical, energy that comes out clearly in every live performance I’ve witnessed or heard in recording. And the combination of one of the leading new music ensembles, Michael Riesman and the friendly confines of Le Poisson Rouge, should be(…)

Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience

In 1966, Ornette Coleman recorded his album The Empty Foxhole, accompanied by Charlie Haden on bass and his own son, Denardo Coleman, on drums. Denardo was ten years old. His playing is truly impressive, not in the sense of his being a prodigy but that by that time he had already been playing the drums(…)