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Mattias Nilsson: Dreams of Belonging

Read "Dreams of Belonging" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In the 1970s and '80s, Windham Hill and Narada made scores of solo piano records that ranged from near sublime to the maudlin, all under the name of “New Age." I listened to hours of it and had my favorite artists. That said, I cannot say that I ever experienced the soul of that music. It ...


Steven Schoenberg: Steven Schoenberg Live: An Improvisational Journey

Read "Steven Schoenberg Live: An Improvisational Journey" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Like the face of Helen launching a thousand ships, for better or worse, Keith Jarrett's 1975 Koln Concert (ECM) inspired a like number of improvisational piano recitals (half of which were ultimately Jarrett's own) and the entire genre of “New Age" solo piano music. This spontaneous creativity is, at best an inspiration, and at worst, a ...