Ethan Iverson on Blue Note

Ethan Iverson Every Note is True Ethan Iverson, piano; Larry Grenadier, bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums Blue Note   Pianist Ethan Iverson received an excellent birthday present today: the release of Every Note is True, his debut recording on Blue Note Records. Since departing the Bad Plus, Iverson has worked on a number of projects asContinue reading “Ethan Iverson on Blue Note”

Celebrating Mendelssohn with Piano Music

Celebrating Mendelssohn’s Birthday with Piano Recordings   February 3rd is Felix Mendelssohn’s birthday. To celebrate, here are two reviews of recent recordings of piano music by the composer. Felix Mendelssohn Complete Music for Solo Piano, Vol. 6 Hyperion CD Howard Shelley   Pianist Howard Shelley has been making his way through the compendious catalog ofContinue reading “Celebrating Mendelssohn with Piano Music”

Michael Gielen Edition Volume 10 (CD Review)

Michael Gielen Edition Volume 10: Music After 1945 SWR Sinfonieorchester, Michael Gielen conductor SWR 6xCD boxed set   The tenth and final boxed set in SWR’s Michael Gielen Edition spotlights his considerable contributions to post-1945 concert music. Seven hours of live recordings of music by European avant-garde figures Pierre Boulez, Luigi Nono, György Ligeti, GyörgyContinue reading “Michael Gielen Edition Volume 10 (CD Review)”

56 Years Later, “A Love Supreme” Certified Platinum; Alice Coltrane Reissue

Best of 2021: A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle and Alice Coltrane’s Kirtan: Turiya Sings   Fifty-six years after its release, John Coltrane’s recording of his suite A Love Supreme has been certified platinum by the RIAA. With the lauded release of the recently rediscovered tapes of A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle, renewed interest has moved the recording of the originalContinue reading “56 Years Later, “A Love Supreme” Certified Platinum; Alice Coltrane Reissue”

Magnus Lindberg on Ondine (CD Review)

Magnus Lindberg Aura – Marea – Related Rocks Emil Holmström, Joonas Ahonen, piano and keyboards;  Jani Niinimaki, Jerry Plippomem, percussion  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu Ondine This recording includes three live recordings of compositions from the 1990s by Magnus Lindberg. Hannu Lintu leads the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in energetic and focused renditions ofContinue reading “Magnus Lindberg on Ondine (CD Review)”

Matt Evans – touchless (CD Review)

Matt Evans Touchless Whatever’s Clever Records “touchless questions the phenomenology of touch, reaching to transcend the boundaries of the physical to embody touch while remaining touchless.” – Matt Evans In 2019, Matt Evans lost his partner, the sculptor and eco-feminist artist Devra Freelander. He commemorates both grief and the light that came into his lifeContinue reading “Matt Evans – touchless (CD Review)”

Martin Suckling on NMC (CD Review)

Martin Suckling This Departing Landscape NMC Recordings CD/DL Tamara Stefanovich (piano), Katherine Bryan (flute), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Ilan Volkov Two concertos and two substantial orchestral works by Scottish composer Martin Suckling are programmed on This Departing Landscape, his debut portrait CD. The White Road (after Edmund de Waal) is inspired by DeContinue reading “Martin Suckling on NMC (CD Review)”

Scott Wollschleger – Dark Days (CD Review)

Scott Wollschleger Dark Days New Focus Recordings Karl Larson, piano Scott Wollschleger’s music has great emotional range. Dark Days explores an atmospheric and lyrical side to his composing for piano. Wollschleger has collaborated with pianist Karl Larson for some time, and this collection of pieces created over a number of years attests to the felicitousContinue reading “Scott Wollschleger – Dark Days (CD Review)”

Mogwai – “As the Love Continues” (CD Review)

Mogwai As the Love Continues Rock Action/Temporary Residence Ltd. On February 26th, twenty-five years into their recording career, Mogwai hit #1 on the UK charts. The band’s two previous full length releases were in the Top 10 in the UK, but the success of As the Love Continues, their tenth album, is remarkable. Known forContinue reading “Mogwai – “As the Love Continues” (CD Review)”

Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion (CD Review)

Caroline Shaw Sō Percussion, Dawn Upshaw, and Gilbert Kalish The Narrow Sea Nonesuch CD/DL Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion Let the Soil Play its Simple Part Nonesuch CD/DL The last live performance I saw before the pandemic hit New York was Caroline Shaw with Sō Percussion at Miller Theatre, which I wrote about for MusicalContinue reading “Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion (CD Review)”