The Big City

”The more susbtantial an individual’s aesthetic experience is, the sounder his taste, the sharper his moral focus, the freer—though not necessarily the happier—he is.."

EPSON MFP image

A new box set from Mosaic Records, looks primo, and ready to ship.

“He gets it! He knows music!”

Alvin Singleton

“George Grella understood exactly.”

Robert Ashley

Beethoven Complete Edition

Stijn Hüwels and Tomoyoshi Date, hochu-ekki-tou

Stijn Hüwels and Norihito Suda, 山水 / Sansui

Hasco Duo, The Same Old Wonder

Ray Suhey/Lewis Porter Quartet, Transcendent

Martial Solal and Dave Liebman, Masters in Paris

Noctilucant, Crumbling Cities Echoing Their Terror

“He gets it! He knows music!”

Alvin Singleton

“George Grella understood exactly.”

Robert Ashley

This track has aged like the finest vintage wine. For Time Zone, Afrika Bambaataa brought together John Lydon and Bill Laswell, and coming from his own original bass in Kraftwerk, this is one of the few real Rosetta Stones in popular music, a song that is not only ass-kicking in its own right but unlocks the possibility of every mix of African-American culture and white bourgeois attitudes. It’s as important as Beethoven’s Symphony No.3, and if you can’t hear that, then you’re just not listening.

“He gets it! He knows music!”

Alvin Singleton

“George Grella understood exactly.”

Robert Ashley

On May 1, Bandcamp is once again waiving their fees, so if you buy something 100% of the money goes to the artist (they’ll also be doing this at the beginning of June and July, if you want to gird your wallet).

Pi Recordings has started to issue a series called This is Now: Love in the Time of COVID, with quick and unusual new recordings from their group of artists. First is this solo album from saxophonist Steve Lehman, a very personal and idiosyncratic (and mind-blowing) set of studies he recorded in his car.

I flag this series in particular because Pi is distributing this for their artists, and the musicians get 100% of the money. Good guys all around.

“He gets it! He knows music!”

Alvin Singleton

“George Grella understood exactly.”

Robert Ashley

Opera Philadelphia will be streaming five productions, starting Friday, May 1, and running through May 29, on their YouTube page and at operaphila.org.

Like other streaming opera presenters, there’s a schedule for when each of the performances will be available:

  • Denis & Katya (Philip Venables) , premiering May 1, 8pm, available through May 8, 7pm (North America only).
  • We Shall Not Be Moved (Daniel Bernard Roumain), premiering May 10, 3pm, available through August 31.
  • The Barber of Saville (Rossini), premiering May 15, 8pm, available through June 30.
  • Sky on Swings (Lembit Beecher), premiering May 22, 8pm, available through August 31.
  • Breaking the Waves (Missy Mazzoli), premiering May 29, 8pm, available through August 31.

“He gets it! He knows music!”

Alvin Singleton

“George Grella understood exactly.”

Robert Ashley

Duke wrote reams and reams of wonderful music, with the perverse effect that tunes like “In a Sentimental Mood” and “East St. Louis Toodle-Oo” crowded out marvelous pieces like “Johnny Come Lately” and this, this exquisite performance of the exquisite “Passion Flower.” There’s little on the planet as sensuous as Johnny Hodges playing a ballad.

“He gets it! He knows music!”

Alvin Singleton

“George Grella understood exactly.”

Robert Ashley