listening to…August 19-24, 2012

Claude Debussy’s 150th birthday was this week, he’s long gone…but not forgotten.

NY Times: Debussy at 150: The Impressions Still Deceive

Paul Jacobs – Debussy: Preludes for Piano (Nonesuch)

My favorite recording of the Preludes.

Paul Galbraith – French Impressions: Debussy, Ravel (Delos)

Very fine transcriptions for 8 string guitar, works rarely heard on solo guitar.

Morton Feldman – The Viola in My Life I-IV (ECM)

I couldn’t resist getting a copy of this album, it may be the only recording of IV. Beautiful ECM production too.

Marc Copland – Another Place (Pirouet)
Lonnie Smith – Afro Blue (MusicMasters)

Two recordings with the legendary John Abercrombie. I just heard him at Birdland, NYC last week, first time in years….top notch stylistically diverse show featuring tunes from his new ECM album (which I don’t have yet).

Abercrombie has done a few albums with Marc Copland, they really work well together.

Byard Lancaster – Worlds (Gazelle)

Stunning playing all over this album, but there are.notable tracks: great soprano playing on a version of My Favorite Things, soprano brings out the best in players. Solo bass clarinet is featured on the meditative Mr. G (George Gilmore). I got my copy from Downtown Music Gallery. Produced by Sam Charters.

RIP Byard Lancaster.

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