Hot Weather Music

Wow, it’s hot. The best written part of the New York Times is the weather section, where you can read words like ‘sultry,’ ‘torrid’ and ‘oppressive’ used, and used correctly.

So what to listen to on days like these? This is the playlist from Sunday:

Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue; Michael Tilson Thomas & the LA Phil
June Christy, Something Cool
Arthur Bythe, Illusion
Fela, Zombie
James Blood Ulmer, Odyssey

And that worked pretty well . . .


I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.