Hard to believe that it has been 18 days since I posted a review or a concert preview or even a video. It's not that music hasn't entered my house and subsequently my ears. My lassitude has come about from the intersection of surgery and the beginning of school. The surgery, not life-threatening, took place in late July and the doctor/surgeon said that the recovery time was 8-12 weeks but that I could start school on August 28 as long as I paced myself, sat and talked with students instead my usual pacing around the room, and took the elevator up to the third floor as opposed to my usual taking the stairs. One of the side-effects of going back to the classroom somewhat early is that after my third class is over, I am quite tired. Still.
That writ, music has been a constant companion of my "down" time. Fred Hersch's "Open Air" plus Australian pianist Tim Stevens's "Media Vita", both of which I reviewed in August (click here), have been filling the rooms of our house with their sweet, sometimes hard-edged, sounds. But there have been others and my recommendations are below - I may review them in depth when I can but, in the meantime, I can show you covers and give you links.
Follow this link to hear a piece from the album: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEQgqSqQXs4.
The album will be released on September 29 and, believe me, the music will brighten your days and warm the house at night.
For more information, go to www.resonancerecords.org/release.php?cat=HCD-2028.