Monthly Archives: February 2001

David Lang: The Passing Measures

Composer David Lang’s new album is a most unusual concerto for bass clarinet, chorus and orchestra that explores mortality, time, and the function of music. As we visit segments of the unfolding performance, Lang explains the genesis and development of … Continue reading

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Bang On A Can: Renegade Heaven

Bang On A Can is a New York-based consortium of contemporary composers and musicians dedicated to making music "between the cracks." "Renegade Heaven" is an album of funky, in-your-face, contemporary classical music whose inspirations range from the Beatles to broken … Continue reading

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Ahn Trio: Ahn-Plugged

Critically acclaimed, classically trained, and cheerfully unrestrained, the three sisters of the Ahn Trio collectively pull the plug on traditional definitions of classical music with an album that embraces Bernstein and Bowie with equal affection. Released: 1/15/2000 Label: EMI Genre: … Continue reading

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KRS-ONE: The Sneak Attack

"I only speak when I have to speak," says MC KRS-ONE, who rose from living on the streets at age 15 to become one of the most respected MC’s in hip-hop. "The Teacher," as he calls himself, has much to … Continue reading

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Ben Harper: Live From Mars

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals went through three years of live tapes to compile this engaging double CD. Harper is a notable writer, singer and guitarist. In his quieter moments, he writes beautiful acoustic songs about hope, regret, redemption … Continue reading

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Ronny Jordon: A Brighter Day

Jazz guitarist Ronny Jordan has been on a musical mission for years – to put the warm, classic sound of a jazz guitar into modern, urban musical settings. On his Grammy-nominated CD, "A Brighter Day," Jordan continues this journey by … Continue reading

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Bis: Music For a Strange World

Bis burst on the Brit-pop scene in the mid-90’s as a teen sensation, but their sound and songwriting has continued to grow. "Music for a Strange World" finds this talented trio from Glasgow, Scotland, writing rebellious and catchy songs with … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Osborne: That’s For Sure

With his distinctive baritone voice and attractive vocal arrangements, Jeffrey Osborne has garnered a Grammy nomination for "That’s For Sure", his first studio album in eight years. The lushly produced 12-track set is a pleasing mix of ballads and mid-tempo … Continue reading

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Peter Frampton: Live in Detroit

If anyone has any doubts, Peter Frampton is alive and well. His playing and singing are as good as they’ve ever been. "Live in Detroit," which earned a Grammy nomination for best rock instrumental, showcases his range as a performer. … Continue reading

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Aceyalone: Accepted Eclectic

L.A. Hip-Hop veteran Aceyalone hints that he just knocked this one off, but take a close listen to Accepted Eclectic. Acey’s insights are original, his rhymes are deft, and he projects a powerful presence over some intriguing and challenging beats. … Continue reading

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