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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ryan Carraher: Obscure Sorrows

Read "Obscure Sorrows" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Boston-based guitarist/composer Ryan Carraher chose a unique theme for his sophomore album: each track is inspired by a word from John Koenig's Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. Koenig's website and YouTube channel present made-up words meant to complete our emotional language: “each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language--to give a name to emotions ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Of the seventy or so albums I was fortunate to review this year (with many still waiting in the wings), the releases below (in chronological order) are those that moved me the most and hence that I remember the clearest, even after a year. The quality of the music is uniformly high, and leaving something off ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ryan Carraher: Vocturnal

Read "Vocturnal" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Guitarist and composer Ryan Carraher is blessed with an enormous technique and a fertile and inventive musical mind (having received the Achievement Award from the guitar department of the Berklee College of Music), which is doubly impressive in one so young.

Carraher states that the compositions in Vocturnal “are heavily inspired by the classical ...