Studio musician and arranger Robert C. Hardin on his search for the condition of euphoria in music: “It means suspensions and passing tones that linger like a last look at a secret crush from childhood. It means tracks that sparkle, drone and thunder all at the same time.”
￼I began and finished Kim’s memoir in the NYC subway, catching glimpses of her life and selfreflection between hectic transfers, rushing to make my next engagement. I missed a couple of stops, too focused to be bothered. Girl In A Bandwas engrossing. A photo in the book of Kim riding the subway some decades ago turned reading into an experience.
Hopefully the new year is “going smoothly” for you! Here’s what some of our editors and contributors thought was the best of 2014, or some other year, or at least they liked it, or whatever.
What happens when two friends, Jim Bove and Matt Renzi, who have played together for years walk into the studio with no charts, no plans, no ideas? When “Just GO” is the inspiration? Drummer Jim Bove and sax/oboe player Matt Renzi did exactly that and this new release from Sensitive Skin Music – Double –… Read more »
SummerStage was established by the Central Park Conservancy to bring a diverse selection of music to the park in a series of free performances during the summer months. The first concert was held at the Naumberg Bandshell in 1986 and featured the Sun Ra Arkestra. In 1986, our gang didn’t venture uptown much—anything north of… Read more »
Harvey Pekar died just before we went into the studio to record these pieces. Harvey and I had recently collaborated on an opera, “Leave Me Alone!” He wouldn’t make anything up, so my idea of a story of a fictional Cleveland musician had to be about me instead. Unfortunately, there’s not much to my story…. Read more »
Presenting the first release from Sensitive Skin Music, The New Monsters Live at 55 Sensitive Skin’s inaugural release, New Monsters Live at Studio 55, highlights the role of jazz in the 21st century. Captured live at Studio 55 in Marin and featuring the compositions of saxophonist Dan Plonsey, this album echoes the ensemble’s roots in… Read more »
Now available on Amazon and iTunes, the new release from Sensitive Skin Music: Steve Horowitz’s Super Size Me 10th Anniversary soundtrack. It’s been ten years since Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Super Size Me came out and was nominated for an Academy Award. Spurlock’s descent into three months of a McDonald’s-only diet is depressing in its revelations…. Read more »
Kraftwerk. A band whose name, in English, means “power plant,” but, since it’s German, the name is somehow more elemental in the band’s native language. Basically: power+work. I’m still, this afternoon at least, luxuriating in the memory of their concert last night at the United Palace Theatre, and I’m at work. Kraftwerk actually lifts the… Read more »
Theresa Wong’s Venice Is a Fish,the new release from Sensitive Skin MusicN, now available on Amazon and iTunes and available here for free listening. Theresa Wong’s Venice Is A Fish is a diary manifest in songs. And more, it’s lovely music that will challenge you on emotional and intellectual levels as it weaves its way… Read more »