• Bill Frisell: Sign of Life

    Bill Frisell: Sign of Life

    Known primarily as a jazz-fusion innovator, guitarist Frisell imparts his unique palette of timbres, textures, and colors to a chamber setting with his 858 Quartet (Jenny Scheinman, violin; Eyvind Kang, viola; Hank Roberts, cello), founded ...
  • Bill Dixon: Intents and Purposes

    Bill Dixon: Intents and Purposes

    Very few records are genuinely unique; musicians usually work with known frameworks, and in the rare instances where really new territory is charted, it doesn’t take long for settlers to arrive. When RCA released trumpeter ...
  • Granados: Goyescas; Albeniz: Iberia

    Granados: Goyescas; Albeniz: Iberia

    Lisbon-born Artur Pizarro grew up hearing this music by two masters of keyboard composition from the other side of the Iberian Peninsula. His performances breathe with the natural ease of long familiarity. The pianist’s lyrical ...
  • Marilyn Crispell, David Rothenberg

    Marilyn Crispell, David Rothenberg

    Pianist Marilyn Crispell attracted an initial following with a full-fisted attack, dense tone clusters, and bold dissonances inspired by Cecil Taylor, later refining her style during a ten-year stint with Anthony Braxton. She brought her ...
  • Gershwin By Grofe

    Gershwin By Grofe

    Steven Richman and Harmonie Ensemble/ New York have been a fixture on New York’s musical scene for three decades. As its name implies, the ensemble is at heart a wind band. But its precise formation ...
  • The New York Art Quartet: Old Stuff

    The New York Art Quartet: Old Stuff

    The New York Art Quartet was formed in 1964 by trombonist Roswell Rudd and alto saxophonist John Tchicai. Rudd was a member of another quartet, completely devoted to the music of Thelonious Monk, and wanted ...
  • Meira Warshauer: Living Breathing Earth

    Meira Warshauer: Living Breathing Earth

    “What would a cicada do with a full orchestra?” Meira Warshauer asked at the Dayton Philharmonic’s 2007 performance of this co-commissioned piece; she answered with her optimistic and brilliantly orchestrated Symphony No. 1, Living Breathing ...
  • Prokofiev: Third Piano Concerto

    Prokofiev: Third Piano Concerto

    Prokofiev’s great Third Piano Concerto has been Martha Argerich’s signature piece since she won competitions with it at the age of 16 in 1957. If you’re used to Bryon Janis’ reading on Mercury or have ...

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