Monthly Archives: January 2018

David del Tredici–Mandango –Piano Works Vol. 2

Mostly lovely solo piano pieces, contemporary. Title track celebrates LGBT community. Advertisements

Laura Schwendinger–Quartets

The JACK Quartet performs these interesting, abstract, somewhat intense pieces, some with voice of poetry/essays.

Frank Martin–Music for Winds

Winds + percussion + piano, mostly gracious, one Swiss march.

Matteo Liberatore–Solos

Acoustic guitar with tools, odd sounds emanating, few chords. One piece recognizable as guitar!

Reflections on the Firebird

Longish pieces for string ensemble, mostly quiet, performed by the Bechtler Ensemble. Nice!

Salvador Brotons–The Complete Works for Flute Vol. 2

Contemporary and abstract works for flute and woodwinds. Play!

Third Coast Percussion–Paddle to the Sea

Contemporary and traditional songs about water, including one of their own. Play!

Johnny Jewel – Digital Rain [Italians Do It Better]

This 19 movement album composed entirely without vocals, drums, or guitar, isn’t missing a thing. These synth heavy instrumental songs are skillfully put together and full of emotion. Label: Italians Do It Better Start w/ 2, 5, 14, 18 FCC: Clean RIYL: Tangerine Dream, SURVIVE, John Carpenter

Oliver Spalding – Unfurl [Monetrome]

Full of synths, soulful vocals, and intimate lyrics, this soft electronic folk EP showcases Spaldings skills. If you are looking for some dreamy yet haunting folk songs with a pop vibe, this is the EP you should be playing. Label: Monetrome Start w/ 1, 2 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Chet Faker, Francis & The […]

Music for Harp and Piano

Mostly well-known pieces, transcribed for harp.

Shelter from the Storm

These are lovely contemporary and modern flute pieces except for Bach’s. Play!

Julius Eastman–The Zurich Concert

74 min. improvisational solo piano performance recorded in 1980. Starts quietly, builds up.

Celebrating David Geringas

Cellist performs diverse pieces including some from Lithuanian composers, his ethnic background. Play!

Robert Prester–Rapsodya

Jazz pianist performs big names in classical, and his own sonata.

Breaking Ground–Trombone Pieces

Nice mix of contemporary trombone pieces by women composers. Play!

Porter Ray – Watercolor (Clean)

I’m overcome with deep, raw, colorful, genuine vibes from this album. It touches every part of me. The storytelling, talks of demons, culture, loss, run-ins with the police, relationships… Dreams. Goals. Porter Ray’s Watercolor is filled with dark, lush, colorful synth waves, slappy 808 drum patterns, and fat, grounding bass lines complementing the vocal cadences […]

Mario Cruz – FINDING COMMON GROUND

The moment you hit ‘play’ on this album, you will instantly be captivated, in love, and blown away. The sheer energy and musicality of the composition, production, arrangement, and musicians involved in this jazz record will have you appreciating every single moment. For some people, Mario Cruz doesn’t immediately ring any bells. However, if you […]

Dee Dee Bridgewater – Memphis… Yes, I’m Ready

If you’ve been out there searching for a new modern Jazz, R&B and Soul record that maintains a vintage quality feel, then look no further. Without a doubt, Dee Dee Bridgewater is a jazz vocal powerhouse, and her latest record, Memphis… Yes, I’m Ready, honors the legacies of many of our favorite jazz, blues and […]

Terminal Mind – Recordings.

Terminal Mind’s Recordings is classic punk rock in all sense of the word. This Austin Texas 1st wave punk band brings punk and rock and roll right off the bat that’ll keep you jamming out to heavy guitar solos and fast drum beats. The 12 songs found on this album not only will keep your […]

Luca Bash – Keys of Mine

This is Luca Bash’s lastest self released album “Keys of Mine.” The album is jam packed with songs pertaining to the jazz and rock genres. Each song contains great solos both from guitar and bass and the occasional solo from the saxophone is a great touch worth listening. The songs are well composed and have […]

Tom Beaulieu – Rogue Corgi

Tom Beaulieu’s latest album Rogue Corgi has a mix of folk and slow rock with hints of psychedelics that acts as easy background tunes. Beaulieu incorporates musical styles from musicians such as Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, and John Lennon. Rogue Corgi incorporates multiple genres into one packed album. One song will hold a folk theme […]

It’s Not Us – Umphrey’s McGee

It’s Not Us is Umphrey’s latest album that comes in with some classic Umphrey’s style heavy jam rock while also bringing some new elements to the table. Of the eleven tracks on the album, many give the listener that essential endless jam feeling even with the short studio tracks. A few others take the listener […]

Crossings–Flute & Guitar

Transcriptions for flute and guitar of pieces across musical eras Romantic to modern. Play!

Jean-Philippe Rameau–Les Tendres Plaintes

Transcriptions from harpsichord and piano to guitar of Rococco style Baroque era.

JOHN MAUS – SCREEN MEMORIES

Producer John Maus’ latest project Screen Memories is a terrific experimental album that is unable to be labeled as one particular genre. Each track is a unique mix of musical elements such as psychedelic-style synths, fast beating basslines and drowned out vocals. This album has a terrific range of styles as there are elements of […]