• Gordon Lightfoot’s Solo

    Gordon Lightfoot’s Solo

    Gordon Lightfoot is a songwriter’s songwriter. No less a wordsmith than Bob Dylan has sung his praises, saying, “Every time I hear a song of his, I wish it would last forever.” And there is ...
  • McCoy Tyner, 1938–2020

    McCoy Tyner, 1938–2020

    When pianist McCoy Tyner died on March 6 at the age of 81, the earth lost one of its most formidable sources of thunder and lightning. Tyner’s thunder, epitomized in the rumble of his left-hand ...
  • The Changing Face of the Saxophone

    The Changing Face of the Saxophone

    While jazz has historically been something of a “boys club,” women trailblazers have crashed that fraternity since its inception. As we begin a new decade, Carla Bley, Maria Schneider, Anat Cohen, Terri Lynne Carrington, and ...
  • Children of the Cocteau Twins

    Children of the Cocteau Twins

    It’s been 35 years since composer Angelo Badalamenti unleashed his dreampop–influenced Twin Peaks film score on the world. But few know that the 4AD collective This Mortal Coil, featuring members of the Cocteau Twins and ...
  • Rhapsody At Rhapsody!

    Rhapsody At Rhapsody!

    I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Bob Visintainer of Rhapsody Audio in NYC several weeks ago. Going to a NY City audio store is not like checking out your average brick-and-mortar stereo retailer. Many ...
  • Come Go with Me: The Stax Collection

    Come Go with Me: The Stax Collection

    In the 1930s, a Mississippi share-cropper named Roebuck “Pops” Staples moved to Chicago for work, taking his wife, daughter, and son—Oceola, Cleotha, and Pervis—with him, along with his blues-influenced guitar and easygoing, twangy voice. He ...
  • In a Sentimental Mood

    In a Sentimental Mood

    Prior to the pandemic I was already feeling the allure of beautiful new music that wears its heart on its sleeve, and that impulse has grown stronger now that I’m spending more time at home. ...

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