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Mark Fleischmann  |  Aug 26, 2005  |  0 comments
Imagine the score for a 33-minute film noir with nonstop action. That's Béla Bartók's The Miraculous Mandarin in a nutshell, although it's actually a one-act dance suite. The story concerns three thugs who use a young woman as bait to rob a series of victims, culminating in the Mandarin. They murder him—but not before he consummates his passion for the girl. The plot had enough sex and violence to get it banned immediately upon its 1926 debut in Köln, Germany.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Aug 04, 2005  |  0 comments
Even people who know nothing about Brazilian music recognize the urbane Latin syncopation of the bossa nova beat. The language, of course, is Portuguese, not Spanish. The key names in Brazilian pop music are Jobim and Gilberto; in orchestral and chamber music, Villa-Lobos. Arguably, the most alluring voice in Brazilian music today belongs to Rosa Passos, who partners with jazz bassist Ron Carter on this audiophile release.
Adrienne Maxwell  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  First Published: Jul 11, 2005  |  0 comments
I don't know how many banjo players you can name, but I can come up with two: Bela Fleck and Roy Clark (and I had to cheat to get Roy Clark-before a trip to IMDB.com, it was "that guy from Hee-Haw"). Even if you've never heard of Bela Fleck, you've probably heard his music, as he's appeared on a ton of pop and jazz albums. He's won Grammys in the country, jazz, classical, and pop categories, but his roots are pure bluegrass.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 11, 2006  |  First Published: Jul 11, 2005  |  0 comments
A trembling flute figure drifts into the air and hangs there, sensuously falling and rising. It's one of the most celebrated moments in orchestral music, and the free, blissful, agile development that follows does not disappoint. Nor does Telarc's multichannel recording of this sumptuous work.
Adrienne Maxwell  |  Jun 26, 2005  |  0 comments
By mere coincidence (or perhaps not), I sat down to review this new hybrid SACD on the rare rainy day in Los Angeles (although not quite as rare this winter). The two were a perfect fit. The Jazz Kamerata has a comfortable warmth about it, inviting you to wrap yourself in it and settle in for a lazy afternoon.
Brett Milano  |  Mar 03, 2009  |  0 comments
Interscope
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If you read the album title a certain way, No Line on the Horizon sounds pretty funny: Wouldn't that be the
Mike Mettler  |  May 09, 2006  |  0 comments
Ten Silver Drops Reprise
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After spending 18 months touring behind their fiery '04 debut,
Brett Milano  |  Dec 03, 2007  |  0 comments
Chrome Dreams II Reprise
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In the same way that American Stars 'n Bars is rememb

Jeff Perlah  |  Oct 01, 2005  |  0 comments
The Cookbook Goldmind/Atlantic
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Producer Timbaland was all over Missy Elliott's five
Jaan Uhelszki  |  Dec 17, 2009  |  0 comments
paramore
(Fueled by Ramen)
Brand New Eyes Music •••• Sound ••••½

Mike Mettler  |  Jul 05, 2006  |  0 comments

"Four Dead in O-HI-O." "Look at Mother Nature on the run in the 1970s." "We got a kinder, gentler machine-gun hand." "Time is runnin' out, let's roll." "I'm living with war every day." Neil Young has never been one to pull punches either socially or politically.

Ken Richardson  |  Jun 04, 2007  |  0 comments

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