The year's best new jazz albums, and more. At least until I hear more new albums.
For those not yet hipped to the essential glories of Can, here's the ideal introduction: on three LPs or one (huge?) CD, a taste of the mezmerizing, controlled freedom of this band. The music Can made is a genre unto itself, an amalgamation of rock, electronic music, the 1960's classical avant-garde, poetry, and improvisation. They … Continue reading Good Gifts To Give
Make someone very, very happy. This is the production that toured most recently, and that I saw at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It's as close to the original run as I can imagine, and benefits from greater familiarity with the music from the performers, and a sense of naturalness. The Glass Ensemble in particular … Continue reading Good Gifts To Give
The Messiah is so ubiquitous as an idea, and the "Hallelujah" Chorus is one of those riffs that's embedded in the cultural DNA, that it's easy to think that you know the piece. Odds are you don't, because even just a taste of the entire piece is a revelation: this is one of Handel's greatest … Continue reading Here’s Your Messiah
Meetings like this of the avant-garde and the cutting edge of a popular genre are more common than generally presumed, and they amount to an experimental edge in music making that is on equal aesthetic terms as anything out of the academies, and far more important socially and culturally. These are soundtracks to the resistance.
Everybody needs some Bukowski in their life.
For that certain special art/prog-rock fan in your life, especially if that someone is you.