Anne Akiko Meyers American Masters: Barber, Corigliano, Bates Entertainment One 2013 Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers follows up her superb Vivaldi, The Four Seasons (eOne, 2014) and provides a partner to her The American Album (RCA Victor, 1996) that featured the music of Copland, Ives, Baker and Piston. On the present recording, Meyers opts for a more contemporary fare composed by Barber, Corigliano and Bates, three composers whose careers overlap mightily. After the primly cool Vivaldi of her last recording, Meyers infuses an organic warmth into the American Romance of ...read more
More telling than her Berklee College of Music magna cum laude degree is singer Donna Deussen's private instruction under Tierney Sutton. Sutton is second only to Cassandra Wilson when considering the seismic styleistic shifts in jazz vocals over the past 20 years. Deussen integrates her instruction intelligently, avoiding imitation. Her lessons learned are made her own. Duessen has released two recordings, about ten years apart. Side-by-side, They offer a staccato look at the singer's evolution. In a highly competitive field, Donna Duessen is deserving of much more attention than she has been given. Her time has come. ...read more
Led Zeppelin II was the second element of the musical binary epoxy that hardened the reputation of the band after the release of Led Zeppelin. Sonic crunch" is an apt description of II while Led Zeppelin III takes a hard right into new (and, perhaps, unwelcome) territory. Led Zeppelin Led Zepplin III, Deluxe Edition (Atlantic Records) 1970/2014 I keep nursing this love-hate attitude toward Led Zeppelin. Partly from genuine interest and mostly indefensible hopes, in part from the conviction that nobody that crass could be all that bad, I turn to ...read more
Sabine Meyer KlarinettenKonzerte: Clarinet Concertos -Mozart Stamitz Weber Rossini Krommer Warner Classics 2012 The Twentieth Century and beyond have seen the finest classical clarinetists: Jack Bymer, Martin Frost, Emma Johnson, Sharon Kam, Thea King Dieter Klocker, Anthony Pay, Richard Stoltzman and David Weber. Belonging among these names is the exquisite German Sabine Meyer, who, more than all others, save Klocker, reintroduced names like Krommer, Stamitz, and Spohr to the big-label repertoire. EMI and Warner Classics have finally done the decent thing and released all of Meyer's major performances from every period ...read more
January 12, 1969 to October 22, 1969. Two-hundred eighty-three days. That is the length of time between the releases of Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II. By any estimation, in rock music it defies the space-time continuum. By 21st Century time, it only compares to the incessant leakage of Rap mixtapes pooling on the floor of some unnamed ghetto. If there was ever a rock Twilight of the Gods (Gotterdammerung), this was it. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II, Deluxe Edition (Atlantic Records) 1969/2014 Hey, man, I take it all back! ...read more
Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. Come and see," said Philip. Nestled in the upper part of the Arkansas River Valley just North of Ozark in Franklin County is Mulberry Mountain. Mulberry Mountain has become the site of several notable music festivals, including Wakarusa, Thunder on the Mountain and The Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Music Festival. These festivals take advantage of the beautiful scenery and hospitable climes of the River Valley resting in the lap of the Arkansas Ozark Mountains. The Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival is a four-day alfresco ...read more
There would have been no rock music in the 1980s and beyond had Led Zeppelin not called it quits that year in the wake of drummer John Bonham's death from misadventure. Shot from a cannon in 1969 and flaming out a decade later, this rock royalty sired a legion of bastards and lesser creatures in the form every popular band from the Me" decade. LZ's import is much farther reaching than simply Motley Crue, Poison, and Tesla. They offered a true alternative to the melodic, pop-based Beatles and the fecund, blues-based Rolling Stones, taking that blues thread born in the ...read more
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