PLAYLIST, Week 5, 2014

  • Max Johnson Trio, The Invisible Trio: excellent small group contemporary jazz, led by bassist Johnson and featuring Kurt Knuffke at his finest.
  • Bernard Haitink Symphonies Edition: necessary for fans of the conductor and/or lovers of Mahler and Bruckner. But hidden in plain sight is a marvelous feature—this box is the major romantic symphonic repertoire, complete: Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Tchaikovsky. If you want all that music, this is single-stop shopping.
  • Colin Edward & Lorenzo Feliciati, Twinscapes: an upcoming release on the exciting Rare Noise label, and a near great recording. Hard hitting grooves and exceptionally sharp bass playing are undercut by a couple soft-as-marshmallow tracks. Cut out the ballads, and this kicks ass up and down the sidewalk.

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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.