Vivaldi’s Four Seasons transcribed/changed by composer Mestrovic + 3 pianos. Play! Advertisements

Varied pieces for different instrumental combos + voice in some–lyrical or somewhat eerie. Sample due to length.

Hard to describe as this CD has pieces that are equally both classical, jazz and avant in both, with elements of Cuban music. Play!

Two known pieces. Carnival of the Animals has witty,  short pieces. Play!

Recent works by Spanish composers, abstract, not typical guitar.

Abstract, staccato-stopped pieces for piano, or sax or strings.

Modern works transcribed for sax quartet, all European pieces. Play!

Quite a mix of varied pieces–original works and transcriptions for sax quartet–abstract, lyrical. Play!

Avant-Garde bubblegum pop. Fun, catchy and creative. RIYL: J-Pop PLAY: All songs are good, but especially 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

These are abstract pieces by Western composers, contemporary, both lyrical and less so. Play!

Described as electronic music for meditation. Too loud in my opinion, but each to his own. Sample.

Somber, elegant and modern pieces for solo cello by Ligeti, Sallinen, Rozsa and more. Play!

Really cool works for electric guitar, minimalist with African rhythms, spacey sounds and more! Play!

Except for Schubert’s piece, these are modern works by Ibert, Renie and Halvorsen. Nice!

Violin & cello duets are not usual–these range from gracious to forceful all modern or contemporary. Play most!

A collection of pieces for wind ensemble (Univ. of Texas) all contemporary, Ticheli’s jazzy, Mackey’s more forceful. Interesting. Sample!

Two performers, three instruments (viola, piano/percussion), highly varied collection ranging from loud, to quiet and eerie. Play most!

Quite a varied collection of works, most of them modern a few from an older era. Chihara’s are great!

Mostly improvised, some compositions, for solo and prepared piano, lyrical, quiet, except for two that are struck on the strings–nice!

Avant collection of works for bass clarinet and marimba, mostly quiet, some force–sample/play!

Davies, Rick  (Emlyn Music)  Rick Davies Thugtet.   Fourth CD of original tunes from this local Latin jazz musician who died in late 2015.  Great musicians from both sides of Lake Champlain.  Thugtet is based in Plattsburgh; Alex Stewart (sax) and Ray Vega (trumpet) from UVM sat in on the recording.  Great energy in the music […]

  Guy Klucevsek  (Starkland Records)  Teetering on the Verge of Normalcy.  This is not your polka party accordion.  The songs and performances are passionate (2,14,17) and Klesmeresque (15, etc.) and more in the European tradition of accordion.  Klucevsek, American-born, has performed internationally and has composed for the solo accordion as well as for music groups […]

Classic style from a little known name. Piano and horn are my favorite parts of this one. Rock-leaning. ****RIYL LOW CUT CONNIE*** FCC: Clean Play: 2, 5, 8, 9, 10 Also RIYL: Bob Dylan, Dan Auerbach

Most of this is made up of stuff that was released in demo form back in the classic Cat Stevens days, or has been reworked since them. Just as great as everything else he’s put out. (Acoustic guitar, soft vocals.) FCC: Clean Play: 2, 5, 6, 11 (start with these but play all!)    

TL;DR: folk-rock, heavier on the rock. great guitar. super unique voice. This one from Bette Smith is pretty different from anything I have heard before. It’s her debut album, but already has a lot of really solid work. The most distinctive part is definitely Smith’s unique voice, but I was also a big fan of […]