Sunday, December 25, 2011
...And One More For The Road
In my previous post ("Rest of Best Of.."), I inadvertently omitted the splendid "Goldberg Variations/Variations" recording of pianist Dan Tepfer (Sunnyside). And, in my haste to complete the list before 2012, I left out a section of favorites that fall, for me, in the category of "Uncategorizable." In June, I reviewed "Interstitials", the latest release by composer/vocalist/guitarist Joshua Stamper. Returning to the music over the past week, it still sounds fresh and refreshing; the blend of voices, guitars, low brass and woodwinds makes me smile, replacing the chill of the outside world with the joy of creation. My review (click here) still contains a link to the music.
Paul Simon will still perform his "big hits" but he is no nostalgia act. He continues to write, record and go on tour, all the while continuing to experiment. Some work, some don't, but his music stays pliant and current. "So Beautiful or So What" (Hear Music) shines, plain and simple. Make of the lyrics what you will but this music, a wondrous amalgam of guitars, drums, blues and world music influences, is often exhilarating.
www.newmusicbox.org/articles/celebration-remembering-a-tribute-to-bob-brookmeyer/ to read the entire piece.
Musician, yogi and teacher Pat Donaher also writes a lovely tribute to Mr. Brookmeyer - go to visionsong.blogspot.com/2011/12/rip-bob-brookmeyer.html to read his fine words.