“Where did all these albums come from?” edition—all recordings that were sent to me for critical listening, all of which are worth hearing more than once:


Brooklyn Rider, The Brooklyn Rider Almanac (Mercury Classics)

Paul Dolden, Who Has the Biggest Sound? (Starkland)

Baroque Band, Garry Clarke, Maurice Greene: Overtures (Cedille)

Takoma Ensemble, Scott Pender: Foothills (

Nels Cline & Julian Lage, Room (Mack Avenue)

Mathias Künzli, Playground (

Rajdulari, Journey of a Woman (

Horszowski Trio, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, D’Indy (Bridge)

Tony Malaby, Tamarindo, Somos Acqua (Clean Feed)

Cortex, Live (Clean Feed)

Wayne Horvitz, The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, At the Reception (Songlines)

BBC National Orchestra or Wales, Jae van Steen, Huw Watkins, Arlene Sierra: Game of Attrition (Bridge)

Miranda Cuckson, Blair McMillen, Carter, Sessions, Eckardt (Urlicht Audiovisual)

Tobias Picker, Invisible Lilacs (Tzadik)

Loadbang, Monodramas (Analog)

Frank Carlberg, Big Enigmas (Redpianorecords)

Arild Andersen/Chris Dundas/Patrice Heral/Bendik Hofseth, Oslo Odyssey (BLM)

Jane Bunnett, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (Justin Time)

Anthony McGill, Pacifica Quartet, Mozart & Brahms Clarinet Quintets (Cedille)

Ton Trio II, On and On (Singlespeed Music)

Brian Groder, Brian Groder Trio (Latham Records)

The Nels Cline Singers, Macroscope (Cryptogramaphone)

Ming Tsao, Pathology of Syntax (Mode)

Brian Charette, The Question that Drives Us (Steeplechase)

Thumbscrew, Thumbscrew (Cuneiform)

… expect a lot more where this came from …



Author: gtra1n

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.