Monthly Archives: November 2017
Mostly originals, one cover, nice harp, slide and electric guitar. Play!
Mix of covers and originals, rocking to slow, some soul. Play!
2011 release of this great finger pickin’ story teller, wit, intelligence and sincerity. Play!
A full array of sounds from composer/arranger Chuck Owen. Harmonica, violin, accordion, hammered dulcimer, dobro – unusual instrumentation adds to the interest here. Try #2,5 – try any.
All songs but #5 are written by bassist Charles Thomas. Good driving energy throughout here. And even if they aren’t old, these are old pros at ease and enjoying themselves. Play them all and enjoy! The only vocal: Charles Thomas singing “My Foolish Heart.”
Rich orchestral sound with a dose of fusion, ethnic stuff (2), . Good title cut, also #1,8.
Drummer Dave Potter knows how to put together a great ensemble – full-bodied classic jazz, a tight sound with stop-on-a-dime precision. Vibes add a nice touch (Jason Marsalas). Check out cuts 3,6,7.
Lisa Markley and Bruce Balmer both play guitar. Markley sings. Her voice and style will grow on you – unaffected simplicity, no flashy gizmos. Favorites: #6,7,8,9. Note: #5 is another title? for “A Day in the Life of a Fool.”
Very Brazilian sounding and relaxed and hip. Beckett is a great flute player. Favorites: cuts 2,3,5.
Classic Christmas tunes, lush orchestral sound, dynamic arrangements and swinging in the right places. Nice vocals (Christal Rheams). Enjoy!
Nice smoky quality in Patton’s voice and a great selection of classic jazz tunes. Favorites: cuts #7,5,6.
Big band, good energy, outre arrangements by Karns. Check it out!
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons transcribed/changed by composer Mestrovic + 3 pianos. Play!
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!