John O’Gallagher Trio: The Honeycomb Aug06

John O’Gallagher Trio: The Honeycomb

Originally a denizen of the west coast, John O’Gallagher (b. 1964) – alto saxophonist, composer, teacher and author – has been a first-call player in New York’s jazz scene since his move east in 1990, attaining an international reach with audiences and students through his playing,...

Gaetano Veneziano (1665-1716): In Officio Defunctorum – Nocturns for the Dead / Ensemble Odyssee Jul30
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Gaetano Veneziano (1665-1716): In Officio Defuncto...

Ensemble Odyssee’s album of music by Gaetano Veneziano (1656–1716) and Alessandro Scarlatti (1660–1725) is as much about the group and their approach to performance as it is about the composers and music they’ve chosen. That is, when an ensemble champions the work of a composer, they...

Velázquez and the Music of His Time / Cappella Mediterranea; Clematis; Namur Chamber Choir et al. Jul17

Velázquez and the Music of His Time / Cappella Med...

Velázquez and the Music of his Time is a compilation CD assembled to coincide with a 2015 exhibit at the Grand Palais in Paris of Diego Velázquez’s (1599-1660) most important paintings. Aside from Velazquez’s 120 surviving works of art, his appointment to Philip IV of Spain in...

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil: You’ve Been Watching Me Jul07

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil: You’ve Been Watc...

Stimulating, non-hierarchical group improvisation in music – that which is resistant to sloppiness, incoherency and ultimately, irrelevancy – comes to successful fruition only with the tremendous efforts of highly skilled, compatible and coordinated musicians responding relationally in the...

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Walter Braunfels: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / BBC C...

This second disc from Dutton of orchestral music by Walter Braunfels continues a small revival of the German composer’s music, which appears to have been jumpstarted by the 2010 release of his early opera Die Vogel from the Los Angeles Opera. All three of the works here are world...

Steve Wilson & Wilsonian’s Grain: Live in New York – The Vanguard Sessions Jun24

Steve Wilson & Wilsonian’s Grain: Live ...

Gleaned from a week’s worth of live gigs at NYC’s famed Village Vanguard venue in May, 2014, Steve Wilson & Wilsonian’s Grain, Live in New York: The Vanguard Sessions, a subtitle pregnant with dual or triple significance, insists at one level that we may be (and to judge from the...

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Music from America & Abroad for Oboe, Bassoon...

This recording of 20th-century music from Italy, the British Isles, Canada, and Germany uses oboe, bassoon, and piano in various combinations. Everything is tonal, lyrical, imaginative, and truly beautiful. After spending many years holding principal positions in orchestras in the United...

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FourTune: Polish Flute Quartets of K. Meyer, Slowi...

FourTune is an ensemble of excellent Polish musicians who have put together a terrific program of later 20th-century Polish music for flute and string trio. The flute is clearly the soloist in Krzysztof Meyer’s Capriccio per sei strumenti, written in 1987 and 1988. The piece is a...

The Schultzen Sonatas: Barbara Heindlmeier breathes new life into forgotten Baroque recorder works Jun01

The Schultzen Sonatas: Barbara Heindlmeier breathe...

German recorder player and Baroque music specialist Barbara Heindlmeier has recently released a fascinating album of recorder sonatas by one A.H. Schultzen, an enigmatic composer of the German Baroque whose precise identity remains in dispute. Ms. Heindlmeier and her Ensemble La Ninfea...

Joanna Wallfisch: The Origin of Adjustable Things May28

Joanna Wallfisch: The Origin of Adjustable Things

There is today a revelatory voice afoot in the world of independent vocal jazz, and that divine gift belongs to Joanna Wallfisch. From a family of musicians and herself a Guildhall School of Music Masters graduate, this captivating British-born vocalist’s sophomore record, whimsically and...

Salomon Jadassohn (1831-1902): Symphonies Nos. 1-4 / Brandenburg State Orchestra, Frankfurt; Griffiths May23
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Salomon Jadassohn (1831-1902): Symphonies Nos. 1-4...

Having fallen into obscurity shortly after the composer’s death, the music of Salomon Jadassohn has enjoyed a re-evaluation in recent years. This cpo release was my first acquaintance with the German composer’s music and based on the merits of what’s to be heard here,...

Dave Stryker: Messin’ With Mister T May18

Dave Stryker: Messin’ With Mister T

Tenor saxophonist Stanley ‘Mister T’ Turrentine (1934-2000), one among the many influential jazz musicians to emerge from Pittsburgh, PA, provides the inspiration and focus for the album under review consideration here. Beginning in the 1960s, Mr. Turrentine’s most endearing and notable...