• Four New ECM LPs on Vinyl

    Four New ECM LPs on Vinyl

    The mechanics of listening to an LP—removing the vinyl platter from the sleeve, placing it on the turntable, perhaps locking it down, moving the arm over, and lowering the cartridge and stylus—impose an unhurried experience. ...
  • Why Tom Petty Was Great

    Why Tom Petty Was Great

    Recently the world lost Tom Petty, a great American rock musician. Appreciation pieces popped up on network nightly newscasts and the front pages of major newspapers; Rolling Stone rushed out a tribute issue; and radio ...
  • Chesky: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

    Chesky: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

    By my count, these two piano concertos are David Chesky’s 18th and 19th compositions with the word “concerto” in the title—and there are actually several others characterized as “Urban Concertos” in his catalog. Chesky’s style ...
  • Yuko Mabuchi Trio

    Yuko Mabuchi Trio

    If the eponymous debut album by the Yuko Mabuchi Trio can be seen as a coming out party, it’s hard to imagine the musicians squeezing any more out of the event. The nearly hour-long set ...
  • Richard Thompson:  Rumor and Sigh

    Richard Thompson: Rumor and Sigh

    Originally released in 1991, Richard Thompson’s sixth solo album arrived during a pivotal period in the English folk-rocker’s catalog. His third collaboration with producer Mitchell Froom (and engineer Tchad Blake), the 14-song collection continued an ...
  • Magic at Mechanics

    Magic at Mechanics

    At 7 p.m. on Labor Day, I was sitting at a table in the empty lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn in Worcester, Massachusetts, waiting to speak with Reference Recordings engineer Keith O. Johnson. Across ...
  • Lucinda Williams: This Sweet Old World

    Lucinda Williams: This Sweet Old World

    Twenty-five years ago, Lucinda Williams recorded Sweet Old World, a much-beleaguered album that was four years in the making as the Americana pioneer bounced around different record labels before its release. The recording was later ...
  • Thelonious Monk: Monk in Tokyo

    Thelonious Monk: Monk in Tokyo

    This fine recording was somewhat overlooked when it first appeared in 1973, and the same fate may await this reissue, given the fact that several other notable Monk-related releases are vying for attention during this ...
  • Catching up with David Murray

    Catching up with David Murray

    In 1979 I attended a club performance by the original lineup of Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, a quartet that, along with Peter Warren on bass and DeJohnette on drums, featured two horn players, one who ...

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