• Prince, 1958–2016

    Prince, 1958–2016

    For pop music lovers, the early months of 2016 have not been good ones. It seems we were still absorbing the new of David Bowie’s death in January when, on April 21, we learned that ...
  • AXPONA 2016: The Music

    AXPONA 2016: The Music

    AXPONA 2016 bore some resemblance to that scene in Yellow Submarine where, as John, Paul, George, and Ringo wander down a hallway, every door they open reveals something new and unexpected. For three days at ...
  • Donna Ulisse: Hard Cry Moon

    Donna Ulisse: Hard Cry Moon

    Though not touted as a concept album, bluegrass singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse’s latest gem, Hard Cry Moon, could pass for one. Start with the hard-charging album opener, “Black Train,” fiddle- and banjo-fired with a red-hot mandolin ...
  • Glenn Gould on SACD

    Glenn Gould on SACD

    There are several subplots to the compelling story of the one-of-a-kind Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, who died at the age of 50 in 1982. His eccentricities, at the piano and away from it; his extensive ...
  • Dave Douglas Quintet: Brazen Heart

    Dave Douglas Quintet: Brazen Heart

    Representing the comparatively conservative side of his many musical interests, trumpeter Dave Douglas delivers the third album by his quintet, which by this point is a unit employing confidence and restraint in their handling of ...
  • Neil Young: Bluenote Cafe

    Neil Young: Bluenote Cafe

    After a string of tepid themed albums for Geffen Records (Trans, Everybody’s Rockin’, Old Ways), Neil Young returned in 1988 to Reprise with This Note’s for You, an homage to the blues. The tour for ...
  • Maria Schneider

    Maria Schneider

    Throughout her illustrious career, multiple Grammy winner and perennial poll-winning jazz composer-arranger-bandleader Maria Schneider has demonstrated an uncanny ability to dredge up strong emotions in her music, conveying feelings of nostalgia and a sense of ...
  • Dutilleux: Tout Un Monde Lointain

    Dutilleux: Tout Un Monde Lointain

    Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013) is France’s greatest composer since Debussy and Ravel. His oeuvre is not large; he was satisfied only with masterpieces. His magnificent 1970 cello concerto, Tout Un Monde Lointain (“A Whole Distant World”), ...

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