Johannes Kreidler – musik mit musik (CD Review)

Musik mit Musik Johannes Kreidler Wergo CD   Nadar Ensemble, Daan Janssens, conductor; Ensemble LUX:NM; Ensemble Mosaik; Ensemble Modern, Johannes Kalitzke, conductor   Johannes Kreidler’s music is Darmstadt’s most persuasive response yet to hip hop’s sample and mixing DJ. On his in hyper intervals, snatches of voices and backbeat percussion intersect with aphoristic interludes ofContinue reading “Johannes Kreidler – musik mit musik (CD Review)”

Jürg Frey – Portrait CD (review)

Jürg Frey Musiques Suisses CD Mondrian Ensemble Daniela Müller, violin; Petra Ackermann, viola; Karolina Öhman, cello; Tamriko Korsaia, piano Konus Quartet Fabio Oerhli, Jonas Tschanz, alto saxophones; Christan Kohi, tenor saxophone; Stefan Rolli, baritone saxophone, alto saxophone Jürg Frey, famous as a member of the Wandelweiser Collective, is given an excellent portrait CD on theContinue reading “Jürg Frey – Portrait CD (review)”

John Hollenbeck – “Songs We Like a Lot” (CD Review)

Songs We Like a Lot John Hollenbeck Sunnyside CD Theo Bleckmann and Kate McGarry, vocals; Uri Caine, piano and organ; Frankfurt Radio Big Band A follow up to 2013’s Grammy-nominated Songs I Like a Lot, Songs We Like a Lot finds John Hollenbeck’s creativity surging. His originals are intricate charts that are navigated with assurednessContinue reading “John Hollenbeck – “Songs We Like a Lot” (CD Review)”

Kris Davis – “Save Your Breath” (CD Review)

Save Your Breath Kris Davis Infrasound Clean Feed CD Ben Goldberg, Oscar Noriega, Joachim Badenhorst, Andrew Bishop, clarinets; Nade Radley, guitar; Gary Versace, organ; Jim Black, drums; Kris Davis, piano and compositions On her new Clean Feed CD, joined by a cadre of clarinetists playing instruments in varying shapes and sizes, composer/pianist Kris Davis presentsContinue reading “Kris Davis – “Save Your Breath” (CD Review)”

John Potter, “Amores Pasados” (CD Review)

Amores Pasados John Potter, voice; Anna Maria Friman, voice and Hardanger fiddle; Ariel Abramovich and Jacob Heringman, lutes ECM New Series 2441 CD   John Potter is best known for his work with the recently disbanded Hilliard Ensemble (writing recently disbanded for that estimable group is saddening indeed). But he has kept an active profileContinue reading “John Potter, “Amores Pasados” (CD Review)”

Rachel Grimes: “The Herald”

Rachel Grimes The Clearing Temporary Residence Ltd. Formerly of indie chamber ensemble Rachel’s, Kentucky based pianist-composer Rachel Grimes is having a great deal of success with her solo debut, The Clearing (out now via Temporary Residence). Those of you who enjoyed Rachel’s mix of classical, ambient, and just a dash of post-rock panache will doubtlessContinue reading “Rachel Grimes: “The Herald””

Grimaud Plays Strauss and Schumann

Schuman Piano Concerto; Strauss Burleske Hélène Grimaud, piano; Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, David Zinman, conductor Erato CD “The Erato Story” series The Burleske for solo piano and orchestra has felled more than one pianist. Strauss had quite a challenging time finding a pianist to premiere it. It is a gloriously thrilling finger-buster, though; one canContinue reading “Grimaud Plays Strauss and Schumann”