Have your wallet say yes to the complete works of one of the greatest and most important composers in history.
Now that you've read my picks for the best jazz albums of 2017, you can read the final poll results here, and you can see each critic's individual ballot here. As to the vast range of opinions on display, and the relation to which I see myself, I'm ambivalent as always. I know I am … Continue reading The Results Are In
Galás is the high priestess of our savagery. She sings songs about love and death in a way that shows what they really are: songs about fucking and killing.
The listings will continue until taste improves... At the New York Classical Review, my colleagues Eric Simpson and David Wright, and I have our choices for the best classical performances of the calendar year. The top spot is Eric's pick for The Exterminating Angel. The critics were wild about this, but I have a dissenting … Continue reading More of the Best
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