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Zoe Schwarz: The Blues and I Should have a Party

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That most durable and indivisible of popular music genres: the blues. Traditionally of an eight-or twelve-bar architecture, if not something more primordial from the pre-Great Depression shellac of Mamie Smith, Tommy Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Charlie Patton. After years of sepia-toned, nostalgic reportage regarding the Ur-nature of this folk art, most of the cobwebs of ...

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Seven Women 2018 – Part IV

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Proceeding unabated is women's conquering of jazz...

As Is: Alan & Stacey Schulman
Here's to Life
Self Produced
2017

This husband-and-wife, full-ensemble recording, Here's to Life, is the sophomore effort following Alan and Stacey Schulman's duet debut, A Love Like Ours (Night, Night The Elephant Productions, 2015). The ...

NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Tõnu Kaljuste: Arvo Pärt: The Symphonies

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Twentieth-and twenty-first Century musical titan Arvo Pärt's career straddles both Soviet-era government artistic control and post-communism reality. Born in 1935 in Paide, Estonia, Pärt's symphonic output stands presently at four symphonies separated by and reflected in 45 years (Symphony No. 1--1964 and Symphony No.4 -2008) of turbulent history. His symphonic output in twilight, it was safe ...

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Larkin Poe at Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival, 2018

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Larkin Poe
SQZBX STAGE @ LOW KEY ARTS
Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival
Hot Springs, Arkansas
March 20, 2018

'Tis hard to say, if greater want of skill
Appear in writing or in judging ill;
But, of the two, less dang'rous is th' offence
To ...

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Six on Cellar Live

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Cory Weeds' record label Cellar Live has become a welcome home to straight-ahead mainstream jazz in the same way that Arbors Records has been the beacon for traditional jazz and swing. Think Norman Granz's Pablo label tele-transported deep into the 21st Century. Six recent releases illuminate Cellar Live's importance to jazz as a whole and to ...

The Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Stangel: The Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Stangel – Beethoven Revisited Symphonies 1-9

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One thing that can be bragged on regarding Beethoven's nine symphonies is their artistic durability and persistence. As the pinnacle of Western Musical thought, we might not expect any less of this music, seemingly forged in humanity's collective unconscious, as well as possibly encoded in our spiritual genome. This orchestral music has endured a variety of ...

Masaaki Suzuki: Beethoven – Missa Solemnis

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It's almost certain that there is a Baroque Music User's Manual issued to each new period-instrument/performance orchestra and conductor defining what pieces of music must be recorded. De rigueur are all of Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestral Work and Choral Works, including complete Cantata Cycles like those recently completed by John Eliot Gardner with his English Baroque ...

Mattias Nilsson: Dreams of Belonging

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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 ...

Seven woMEN 2018 – Part III

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Look what creeped into my monthly column... and herein exist end-of-the-year-recordings...(you decide which ones).

Ben Paterson
That Old Feeling
Cellar Live Records
2018

Everything about pianist/vocalist Ben Paterson's Cellar Live release, That Old Feeling is delightful. This recording is a beautiful throwback, with just a touch of ...

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Formats – Solo Through Nonet

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One plus Two, equals three, and so on. What arbitrary combo size constitutes a big band? None of these.

Solo: Jamie Saft
Solo a Genova
RareNoise Records
2018

That musical provocateur Jamie Saft, he is a prankster. After making all kinds of noise with the likes of Metallic Taste ...