Chris Coole : Clawhammer banjo and more

Chris Coole got his first banjo when he was 17 years old after falling in love with the sounds of folk and early country music. Today, Chris is known internationally for his clawhammer banjo style, songwriting, and singing. Early on, Chris discovered the joys of busking. His practice halls were the streets and subway of … Continue reading Chris Coole : Clawhammer banjo and more

John Prine’s latest is among his best

On his first album of new songs in over 13 years, John Prine’s new songs on The Tree of Forgiveness are presented with ragged simplicity and homey cheer. Then the veteran tunesmith moves to songs of stark resolve. But, just as you think his world has gone off the cliff, Prine ends the record with … Continue reading John Prine’s latest is among his best

Van Morrison : You’re Driving Me Crazy

You’re Driving Me Crazy is the third album Van Morrison has released since September of 2017, when he delivered the hard-charging blues of Roll With the Punches. In December, he put out Versatile, an amiable collection grounded by standards that found him moving toward jazz. Morrison’s newest release delves even deeper into the genre, pairing the 1960s legend with jazz … Continue reading Van Morrison : You’re Driving Me Crazy

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