• 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 ...
  • Santana: Caravanserai

    Santana: Caravanserai

    Philosophical and musical differences created such a volatile atmosphere around the time Santana recorded Caravanserai that lineup changes seemed nonstop. Musically the chemistry among band members remained, however, as did the Latin fire, the rhythm ...
  • Billy Joel: 52nd Street

    Billy Joel: 52nd Street

    Billy Joel’s 52nd Street was huge—a certified- platinum monster that’s logged over ten million sales since its 1978 release. While The Stranger, which debuted a year earlier, cemented Joel’s status as a global star, 52nd ...
  • Wizz Jones: Right Now

    Wizz Jones: Right Now

    Fans of British folk and folk-rock performers like Pentangle, Ralph McTell, Bert Jansch, and John Renbourn owe it to themselves to check out Wizz Jones, who all of the above would consider not only a ...
  • Johnny Cash: The Fabulous Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash: The Fabulous Johnny Cash

    As in its original 1959 release and expanded 2002 reissue, so in this new 180-gram vinyl edition by Impex Records: The Fabulous Johnny Cash consolidates the strengths that had catapulted the singer to regional stardom ...
  • Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: No Help Coming

    Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: No Help Coming

    London-born, Georgia-dwelling Holly Golightly (not a pseudonym—her mother was a Breakfast at Tiffany’s fan) has made some 30 albums in various incarnations. No Help Coming is the fourth with her strychnine-voiced, multi-instrumentalist Texas-bred partner known ...

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