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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Top 8 for October 8, 2015

Haven't done this in quite a while, but it was a good music day.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard - Musica Ricecarata - II: Mesto, rigido e cerimoniale

from the György Ligeti Edition, Volume 3

You may know it as the that three note piano piece from Eyes Wide Shut, but it's hauntingly effective in its simplicity.

Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure

The title song from their second album, Brian Eno's presence is strongly felt, just before his absence was.

J. S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 

Sigiswald Kuijken, baroque violino piccolo, baroque violin, viola
Lucy van Dael, baroque violin and viola
Anner Bylsma, baroque violoncello
Wieland Kuijken, baroque violoncello, viola da gamba
Anthony Woodrow, violone
Claude Rippas, baroque trumpet
Frans Bruggen, recorder, transverse flute
Paul Dombrecht, baroque oboe
Ab Koster, natural horn
Bob van Aspren, harpsichord continuo
Gustav Leonhardt, harpischord

Recorded for the late, lamented Seon label, it's Bach with a loose, almost jam session feel.

Ornette Coleman - What reason could I give?

The opening of Science Fiction, a unique sounding piece in Ornette's catalog. The lovely vocal from Asha Puthli, the four voice horn section floating over the propulsive rhythm section of Charlie Haden and both Ed Blackwell and Billy Higgins. And no solos.

The Clean - The Balkans

The Australian power pop band playing in the style of said region, during the time of its civil upheaval. An uncharacteristic track, but a good one.

Bob Dylan - Can't Wait

A modified blues with a modern, Neville Brothers type New Orleans groove fashioned by Daniel Lanois from Time Out of Mind.

Tim Berne - The Maze (for Julius)

From Diminutive Mysteries (Mostly Hemphill), the one piece that is not. Berne's tribute to his mentor is a far ranging, twenty minute track which also features David Sanborn playing in a way you never suspected he could.

Frederic Rzewski - North American Ballads

From the Rzewski Plays Rzewski boxed set of the composer playing his works for piano. A neo-Ivesian work which should be better known.

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