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Neal Colgrass

About Me

I'm a Los Angeles writer/editor who works on different kinds of projects, most of them related to music. I'm writing a film about Colin McPhee, a 20th-century classical composer and jazz critic. I've also edited a composer's memoir and hundreds of stories on Newser.com, some of them about jazz. I also tweet links to jazz and classical articles from here. I joined All About Jazz to edit CD reviews and hear more of what musicians are recording these days (most of my desert island picks date back a while, but when I go to shows, I'm the opposite: the newer, the better!). If you're thinking of joining the editorial staff too, please check out the AAJ Contributor Center and follow the links. We would love to have you on board.

My Favorites

  1. Beethoven - Piano Sonatas, Schnabel & Gould
  2. Coltrane - Live at Birdland
  3. Ives - From the Housatonic at Stockbridge
  4. Rzewski - The People United Will Never Be Defeated
  5. Bird - Complete Savoy Masters
  6. Schumann - Fantasiestucke (Richter, Melodiya, 1957)
  7. Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
  8. Archie Shepp - Four for Trane
  9. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
  10. Dvorak - New World Symphony
  11. Harry Partch - Historic Speech-Music Recordings
  12. Eric Dolphy - At the Five Spot
  13. Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra (Reiner, Chicago)
  14. Gamelan Semar Pegulingan - Gamelan of the Love God
  15. Coltrane - Ascension
  16. Ravel - Daphnis and Chloe (Munch)
  17. Colin McPhee - Tabuh-Tabuhan
  18. Colgrass - Crossworlds
  19. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced
  20. McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy
  21. Sonny Stitt - Endgame Brilliance
  22. Haydn - Piano Sonatas, Brendel
  23. Mozart - Clarinet Quintet, Kell
  24. Horace Silver - Finger Poppin'