Author Archives: jboggs

Jess Klein: Draw Them Near

Singer/songwriter Jess Klein’s third album, "Draw Them Near," soulfully mixes heartache and hope, folk and rock, youth and wisdom. Released: 3/20/2001 Label: Rykodisc Visit Artist’s Website… Genre: Pop All Jess Klein profiles… Heartache and Healing From Klein’s first heartbreak came … Continue reading

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Branford Marsalis with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Creation

Celebrated saxophonist Branford Marsalis joins forces with one of his all-time favorite groups, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, for a tour-de-force of early 20th-century French music. Released: 3/7/2001 Label: Sony Classical Visit Artist’s Website… Genre: Concert/Modern All Branford Marsalis with the … Continue reading

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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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Evan Ziporyn: This Is Not a Clarinet

When composer/reed virtuoso Evan Ziporyn graduated from college he started travelling with the goal of taking himself as far away as possible from the known—a literal and figurative search for new directions. Eventually he landed in Bali, where gamelan music … Continue reading

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Persuasions: Might As Well…The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead

They’ve done Dylan, Zappa, Kurt Weill and Sam Cooke. Now the Persuasions add the Grateful Dead to their seemingly unlimited repertoire, proving once again that great songs and great singers transcend categories and labels. Released: 12/15/2000 Label: Arista Visit Artist’s … Continue reading

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Supreme Beings of Leisure: Supreme Beings of Leisure

The Supreme Beings of Liesure are proponents of "Retro-Futuristim." The multicultural foursome takes the components of Lounge, Techno, and Indian classical, and wraps it up in a delightful package of introspective soulful groove. Released: 4/27/2000 Label: Rykodisc Visit Artist’s Website… … Continue reading

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John Pizzarelli: Let There Be Love

That’s exactly what guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli did for this album: gathered a collection of songs about love, placed them before some of his favorite musicians, including his father, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and let the songs speak for themselves. … Continue reading

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Matthew Shipp: New Orbit

In his second release for Thirsty Ear’s "Blue" Series, pianist Matthew Shipp turns his trio into a quartet with the addition of trumpet master Wadada Leo Smith, and creates a suite shimmering with tonal and rhythmic colors drawn from the … Continue reading

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