Monthly Archives: July 2017

Dream Weaving–New Zealand Guitar Music Vol. 3

Lovely contemporary classical guitar pieces from 1951 forward, and one wild electric guitar piece from 1992! Play!

Impressions–Harp & Oboe Works

Pieces by Ravel, Debussy and Sluka–Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin very well-known. Sluka’s pieces gorgeous! Play!

New Discoveries

Fun and gracious pieces from 1960 forward by various composers for wind trio (oboe, clarinet, bassoon). Play!

Bright Sheng–Northern Lights

Chinese composer Sheng combines Chinese and Western musical styles. On this disc he explores Scandinavian folk with Appalachian and Chinese mixes. Stunning!

Gustav Holst–Chamber Music

Holst is considered a composer evocative of the English style with its romantic tendencies, but with his own modernity added. Really interesting pieces! Play!

International Connections Vol. 2

The Verdehr Trio (violin, piano, clarinet) commissioned or had re-arranged all of these pieces for them. Contemporary  and varying in style ( Asian, Impressionistic, Latin). Play!

Hear in Now–Not Living in Fear

Nice melding of jazz, classical, avant and some folk, each piece composed by one of the trio (violin, cello, double base, some voice). Varying in tempi. Play most!

Stuart Saunders Smith–Full Circel

Flute- based avant-garde works, some with accompaniment ( guitar, percussion, piano, strings). Very accessible and variable. Play!

Laurence Crane–6 Trios

The Ives Ensemble performs these interesting works  composed between 2008 and 2016 based in piano varying with cello, flute, strings. Abstract, not quite avant-garde. Play!

Niels W. Gade–Piano Works

Gracious solo piano pieces with that salon sound style from the turn of the 19th to the 20th century Play most!

Tiger Dance–Contemporary Marimba

Nice works for solo marimba ( one with synthesizer, another with multiple instruments). All contemporary except a version of the Lord’s Prayer. Play!

Michael Kurek–The Sea Knows

Highly melodic works predominantly for harp, ambient but textured, and long. Play or sample!

Duo Virtuoso II–Honegger, Ravel, Schulhoff

Modern works for cello and violin, variable in intensity and style. Play!

Simon Pironkoff–Skin.double

Works for quarter-tone accordion, some quite strident and grating, others not. Most with instrumental accompaniment (sheng, string trio, clarinet).

Taking Charge

The trio Assem3ly (percussion, flute & piano) performs contemporary pieces by various composers, some bordering avant. Play!


New pieces from composers of the Society of Composers for various instruments, classical to avant. Play!

David Patterson–#Ferguson

Inspired by growing up in Ferguson, MO, now associated with race issues, these are memory pieces, some with Native American flute. Play!


Percussionist Christoph Sietzen performs a wonderful mix of modern/contemporary works for marimba or percussion. Play!

Songhoy Blues – Resistance (Fat Possum)

Adventurous new music from this four-member Malian band & numerous musician friends. Mixes guitar-driven Sahara desert blues with elements of other genres that impressed them while on world tour; soul, funk, R&B, & a little hip-hop too. Super guitar & nice horns, keyboards, percussion, vocals … It’s all here.

Ensemble Novo – Who Saw You Then, Who Sees You Now (Frosty Cordial)

Talented quintet from Philadelphia covers Brazilian gems from the late 60s & early 70s bossa nova era. Arrangements lean toward mellow jazz, with guitar, vibraphone, tenor sax & flute, bass, & percussion.

Inuusiq-The Jerry Cans

Wow!exciting new release from  Aakuluk Music. the reviewer Judith Lynch says,”A wickedly infectious meld of Inuk throat singing and a broad range of genres”  its folk, its rock its just good!!  from the Inuit Nunangat Territory of so-called Canada the Jerry Cans combine their traditional language, singing AND some great rock and folk beat.  Play […]

River Song-Evan Pritchard

All music performed  by Evan Pritchard with traditional songs arranged by Evan.  Subtitle says it all: Native American songs for healing and contemplation.  Especially wonderful prayers in Lenape and Algonquin languages and Micmac, Evan’s heritage.  Guitar is played as well as flute and drum.  Voice of The Land, a spoken word with the names of […]

AKA Grafiti Man- John Trudell

A re-release of the 1986 album by John Trudell featuring Jesse Ed Davis on guitar.  John’s spoken word on top of great rock band still inspire’s today movement across Mother Earth with the Original Peoples to protect water, land and life.  His poetry is known and appreciated world-wide.  Thanks to the John Trudell Archives and […]

Portugal. The Man – Woodstock [Atlantic]

Portugal. The Man sharpen their poppier instincts for an album full of thick, funky bass lines that groove along and can’t help but make your shoulders shake. Label: Atlantic Play: 4, 5, 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL:  Minus The Bear, Cold War Kids, Local Natives, TV On The Radio

Wavves – You’re Welcome [Ghost Ramp]

A blend of distorted garage-pop and refined sunshiny melodies. Not too much here that warrants a second listen… Label: Ghost Ramp Play: 2, 3 FCC: 1, 9, 11 RIYL:  Weezer, Best Coast, Smith Westerns, Surfer Blood