Night Train contains some great music, with the engineering in place to support some real listening. If you don’t have DT on your record rack, Images and Words isn’t a bad place to start. Peter Gabriel: Long walk home Rush: Test for echo Hindemith Piano Sonaten (Gould) Keith Jarrett: The out-of-towners Allison Krauss: Lonely goes
In November, I was stuck in Philadelphia for a week on business. Fortunately, the weather was nice and occupational demands prompted driving, rather than flying, the 450 or so miles from Cleveland. Since I would rent anyway (assuming the company wouldn’t rather pay the 48c/mi current reimbursement), I found something big enough to fit my
Deadwing is a great album, and as a fan of both calm psychedelia and math rock I find that it really hits the spot. Joe turned me on to Youngblood; it’s a must-listen for anyone with an embouchure[*] or ears. Elton John: Tumbleweed Connection Rush: Hemispheres Porcupine Tree: Deadwing Youngblood Brass Band: Center Level Roar
As our modestly-numbered audience responded well to our spring break trip report, I’ll try a similar photo-narrative approach. A different sort of vacation this time; Stace and I joined eight other staff members of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony on the group’s biennial overseas trip. On the agenda was a whirlwind visit to Scotland and
The Elgar, palmed on a whim during a library visit, is the find here. Nickel Creek is a good effort, but I suspect it would come off better live. Dream Theater: Octavarium Elgar’s The Apostles () [VG] Bon Jovi: Slippery when Wet Die Zauberfloete () Altran: Harvest Storm Pink Floyd: Meddle Mozart cm Mass (St.
Stace and I both had Good Friday off from work: good thing, since we hadn’t done a thing to prepare for our vacation. In a successful pre-trip spending spree, we picked up new skiing duds and a new digital camera; the photos I link to here are my first with the Canon A95, mostly in
The winners here? Joe Purdy, Keith Jarrett (Bremen) and AKUS Live.Of course, that Mahler 2 recording is the best on this list, and maybe on my shelf, but I’ve not giving out classical recommendations here. Diana Krall: The look of love Gordon Goodwin’s BFB: XXL Mahler 2 (Berlin / Haitink) Jewel: This way Joe Purdy:
Should you ever find yourself playing Scrabble  and have the rack CEEINOR, please check the board for the appropriately placed words MAT and GRAPH. When you note that they are on the lateral or medial extrema of the board, please play the word CINEMATOGRAPHER for a triple-triple-triple and a shameless 702 points. Oops, forgot