The Wailin’ Jennys : Fifteen

The latest recording by Canada's The Wailin' Jennys, Fifteen, continues their distinctive take on a traditional, folk, old-time stylistic mix with a group of covers. The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse. Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop … Continue reading The Wailin’ Jennys : Fifteen

Passio by Arvo Pärt : Paul Hillier’s recording

To the accompaniment of the wind buffeting the church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, London, the Hilliard Ensemble here solemnly perform what must surely be the bleakest, most ritualistic Passion to be composed since Heinrich Schutz's settings of the mid seventeenth century. Never one to dress up his religious work in ostentatious garb, Arvo Part has selected … Continue reading Passio by Arvo Pärt : Paul Hillier’s recording

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil: Incidentals

Tim Berne: alto saxophone; Oscar Noriega: clarinet, bass clarinet; Ryan Ferreira: guitars; Matt Mitchell: piano; Ches Smith: drums, vibraphone, percussion, timpani. With David Torn: guitar on Hora Feliz (intro) and Sideshow (outro) Hora Feliz - 10:26 Stingray Shuffle - 7:36 Sideshow - 26:01 Incidentals Contact - 10:48 Prelude One / Sequel Two - 9:18 Incidentals … Continue reading Tim Berne’s Snakeoil: Incidentals

Arvo Pärt : Kanon Pokajanen – Tõnu Kaljuste, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Kanon Pokajanen is a work of starkly radiant beauty, a deeply felt plea for forgiveness so resonant it seems to bear its own expiatory power.   Over two years of intense quality time with the work, Part produced an 80-minute choral setting of the entire canon that mines each word of the original Church Slavonic for … Continue reading Arvo Pärt : Kanon Pokajanen – Tõnu Kaljuste, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Mark Fosson : “best demo tape I’ve heard since Kottke” ~ John Fahey

Mark Fosson is an American singer-songwriter and American Primitive guitarist who grew up in Kentucky, where he began writing songs while he was still in his early teens. In the late 1970s he sent a demo tape to John Fahey's West Coast-based Takoma Records. Fahey, impressed with what he heard, offered Fosson a recording deal. … Continue reading Mark Fosson : “best demo tape I’ve heard since Kottke” ~ John Fahey

Two Portraits of Bob Dylan

For most, if not all, Bob Dylan fans his tenth studio album, Self Portrait, released on June 8, 1970, was infuriating and a disappointment.  Over the years the response has softened somewhat, but the recording stubbornly remains one of his least popular. "What is this shit?" – kicked off Griel Marcus' infamous review of Self Portrait in Rolling … Continue reading Two Portraits of Bob Dylan

Scott Joplin : King of Ragtime

Scott Joplin, the "King of Ragtime" music, was born near Linden, Texas on November 24, 1868. He moved with his family to Texarkana at the age of about seven. Even at this early age, Joplin demonstrated his extraordinary talent for music. Encouraged by his parents, he was already proficient on the banjo, and was beginning … Continue reading Scott Joplin : King of Ragtime