Contemporary soul singer Charles Bradley has died at the age of 68. The cause was cancer. He will be remembered as the finest shouter in blues, funk, and soul circles since James Brown.
Meredith Monk turns 74 today. An early birthday present came from ECM Records on November 4th: a recording of Monk’s On Behalf of Nature project. We do not have the benefit of language: the “text” consists of songs, chants, and syllabification in unknown tongues. And there is no narrative per se, but there are clues present in the piece’sContinue reading “Happy Birthday Meredith Monk!”
Used, Broken, & Unwanted Laura Cetilia, cello, autoharp, voice, and electronics Estuary Ltd. CD A live recording from 2013 made in Providence, Rhode Island, Used, Broken, and Unwanted demonstrates to good effect the wide-ranging timbral palette and drone-based structures that artist Laura Cetilia explores. The title track makes use of repetition, not in theContinue reading “Laura Cetilia on Estuary, Ltd.”