Playlist, Oldies but Goodies

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 compendium and synthesis of his interests. I find his range to be usually broad but shallow, this record is different, it’s deep and fascinating.
  • Jeff Lederer: Sun Watcher – if I could go back and do it again, this would be far and away the jazz poll winner for 2011. A stunningly great record that powers through jazz concepts ranging from free playing to atonality, done with heart and intelligence.


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.