Charlotte Bray: “At the Speed of Stillness”

At the Speed of Stillness Charlotte Bray NMC Recordings CD NMC D202 Claire Booth, soprano; Lucy Schaufer, mezzo-soprano; Alexandra Wood, violin; Andrew Matthews-Owen, piano; Huw Watkins, piano; Aldeburgh World Symphony, Sir Mark Elder, conductor; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Oliver Knussen, conductor   Charlotte Bray’s music displays steely determination and an expansively colorful textural palette. Her NMCContinue reading “Charlotte Bray: “At the Speed of Stillness””

Righteous Girls: Gathering Blue

I am thrilled that on July 10th Righteous Girls are releasing their debut album, Gathering Blue, on New Focus Recordings . It contains works by Andy Akiho, Akinmusire, Pascal Le Boeuf,  Vijay Iyer, Dave Molk, Mike Perdue, Jonathan Ragonese, and Randy Woolf, as well as my own “For Milton,” an homage to Milton Babbitt that isContinue reading “Righteous Girls: Gathering Blue”

Crossings – New Music for Cello (CD Review)

Crossings – New Music for Cello Kate Dillingham, cello; Amir Khosrowpour, piano Furious Artisans Recordings   On Crossings, cellist Kate Dillingham brings energetic artistry to a program of new works. The CD includes a number of solo pieces. Bhakti 4, “Atma Shatakam” (Song of the Self), by Jonathan Pieslak, pairs a meditative modal melody over a drone. Tian JingContinue reading “Crossings – New Music for Cello (CD Review)”

Vijay Iyer Trio – “Break Stuff” (Video preview)

Pianist Vijay Iyer’s latest ECM release, Break Stuff, is out in the US on February 10. The recording features bassist Stephan Crump, and drummer Marcus Gilmore. Encompassing compositions by Monk and Coltrane, an homage to early hip hop, excerpts from Iyer’s Open City project and from a suite premiered at MoMA, Break Stuff may accessContinue reading “Vijay Iyer Trio – “Break Stuff” (Video preview)”

Matthew Shipp: I’ve Been to Many Places (CD Review)

I’ve Been to Many Places Matthew Shipp, piano Thirsty Ear Blue Series CD   Pianist Matthew Shipp has recorded voluminously. Even with such a substantial discography, on his latest recording for Thirsty Ear, I’ve Been to Many Places, he shows himself still capable of sharing surprises. It isn’t in terms of wholesale changes of style or new technical innovations,Continue reading “Matthew Shipp: I’ve Been to Many Places (CD Review)”

Paul Bley’s Oslo Concert (ECM)

Paul Bley Play Blue (Oslo Concert) ECM CD 2373 Four originals and “Pent-Up House,” a Sonny Rollins tune, are captured on this recording of pianist Paul Bley in a solo setting at the 2008 Oslo Jazz Festival. Bley, then 75, displayed undiminished creativity and well preserved chops. Indeed, many a younger postmodern jazz pianist couldContinue reading “Paul Bley’s Oslo Concert (ECM)”

Righteous Girls in the Recording Studio

Today Righteous Girls went into the studio to record my flute/piano duo “For Milton.” An homage to Milton Babbitt, it was first recorded by John McMurtery and Ashlee Mack and released by Perspectives of New Music/Open Space Magazine. I am thrilled that there will be a rendition released by Righteous Girls too!