Denmark’s SteepleChase Records has a brilliant catalog worth exploring, featuring not only homegrown talent like Niels-Henning Ørsten Pedersen and Pierre Dørge but also internationally known stars like Lee Konitz, Cedar Walton, Sun Ra and the inimitable Chet Baker among others. This particular album is led by pianist Duke Jordan, and it is one of the…
Dead Kennedys – Viva Las Vegas
No review today because we had to send my brother packing to his new home, so in honor of his new abode, I present you with the song perhaps best associated with the city, albeit in a slightly surreal form, courtesy of the Dead Kennedys.
(Video) When Dusk Meets Dawn – A Journey Through Baltic Music
I have a deep love of Baltic culture which kind of makes sense since my maternal line has roots in what is today Kaliningrad, Russia, but was, for centuries, German and Baltic (Old Prussian) soil. The music in the region possesses a magical quality to it, quite unlike any other region in Europe. ARTE.tv produced…
ISQ – Ode To Myself (Arthur Baker Remix)
ISQ are a band based out of London who have managed to carve out a rather nice niche in both the alternative jazz and house music worlds. In this new release, their track, Ode To Myself, has been remixed by legendary producer Arthur Baker, who has worked his magic with bands like New Order and…
The Beatles – Julia
The Beatles offer up one of the most loving tributes to a mother ever written in the rock format. A Lennon-McCartney classic, and a bit of a cleansing after seeing such hateful garbage on both Twitter and Instagram regarding mothers today.
Fairuz – El Massih Kaam
To our Eastern Orthodox friends, we wish you a blessed Pascha. Christ is Risen! To celebrate the day, we have the legendary Lebanese singer Fairuz singing the paschal greeting in Greek and Arabic.
[Youtube] Les Grandes Voix Bulgares – Chœr d’Hommes – Gospodi Pomilui
As we celebrate Holy Saturday, we offer this, perhaps my favorite liturgical chant, for you, the reader, courtesy of Les Grandes Voix Bulgares.
[Youtube] Sofia Gubaidulina – Sieben Worte for cello, bayan and strings
No reviews today, as I will be celebrating Easter weekend (for those who are confused, it is because most Eastern Orthodox celebrate Easter using the Julian Calendar) with my friends. To honor Good Friday, I offer to you Tatar-Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina’s magnum opus, Sieben Worte for cello, bayan and strings. It is a composition dedicated…
[Video] Julia Hülsmann Quartet – This Is Not America | ECM Records
Julia Hülsmann is a pianist from Bonn, Germany who has recorded quite a few stellar albums for the legendary record label ECM. This particular song is a fine rendition of This Is Not America, originally performed by David Bowie and Pat Metheny as part of the soundtrack to the film The Falcon and The Snowman.
[Video] Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI – Lachrimae Caravaggio – Musical Europe in the Time of Caravaggio
Today, thanks to a busy schedule, no reviews will be put up (one will be edited), so I bring for your viewing pleasure the Catalonian maestro, Jordi Savall, and his troupe, Hespèrion XXI performing Lachrimæ Caravaggio. Audiophile Audition has a great writeup on the album here.