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Bernstein, Leonard & New York Philharmonic – “Debussy / Honegger” – [Columbia]

Hemroid The Leader   11/15/2016   12-inch, Classical

Claude Debussy (DEB-u-see)

A1 Saxophone Rhapsody. In 1895 Mrs. Elise Hall, a wealthy Bostonian, commissioned this work for saxophone. Debussy was unfamiliar with the sax, cashed the check, and nothing more until 1903 when Mrs. Hall showed up at his Paris apartment. He was hounded until in 1911 he dropped off the soloist’s part, with unfinished orchestration. Debussy called her the femme-saxophone (saxophone woman). When he died in 1918, the French composer Roger Ducasse finished the orchestration and the work premiered at the Societe Nationale in 1919.

A2 Clarinet Rhapsody – Written as a clarinet entrance exam for the Paris Conservatoey.

Side B are 3 pieces by Honeggger that are very energetic, lots of brass and percussion. Very enjoyable.

Elder Ones – “Holy Science” – [Northern Spy Records]

Hemroid The Leader   11/2/2016   A Library, CD

The Holy Science is a book written by Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri in 1894. The book compares parallel passages from the Bible and Upanishads in order to show the unity of all religions. This album is dedicated to Eric Garner, the Staten Island loosie salesman whose last words, uttered to the policeman choking him to death were, “I can’t breathe.”

Amirtha Kidami is a 30 year old South Indian native of San Jose. Now in New York, this record finds her as bandleader, playing harmonium and singing wordless melodies. Mixed and mastered by Weasel Walter. Recalls Alice Coltrane, Meredith Monk, classical Indian vocal raga.

Magill, Rob – “Owl and The Pussycat, The” – [Sun Ark]

Hemroid The Leader   10/25/2016   12-inch, Jazz

Out on Sun Ark, this is an old-fashioned jazz trip, two sidelong freakout dirges, spoken words, poetic transmission. With 50 releases out on his own Weird Cry, Rob Magill is a multi-instrumentalist, poet and painter living in Southern California.

Albinoni, Tommaso – “Sinfonie For Orchestra” – [Musical Heritage Society]

Hemroid The Leader   10/11/2016   12-inch, Classical

Tommaso Albinoni, self described dilettante, scion of paper-mill wealth, Venetian contemporary of Vivaldi. Known mostly in his time as a composer of operas. None were published so what is known of him are instrumental Sonatas and Sinfonias. Sounds like a car or diamond ring commercial, sounds like Vivaldi, sounds like Classical. B2 is notable for its lack of counterpoint, prefiguring the symphony

Del Piano, Roberto – “Le Main Qui Cherche La Lumiere” – [Improvising Beings]

Hemroid The Leader   9/27/2016   CD, Jazz

trans: The Hand That Seeks The Light. It must be really dark in there. The band fumbles madly for their instruments. Somebody turn on the light! Strange ensemble, like a pot stirred non-stop, never allowed to simmer. Just steamy fumble. Bassist Del Piano leads two different bands through two CDs on the excellent Tokyo label Improvising Beings. Subtle electronics are more noticeable on CD1.

Vlatkovich, Michael – “Myrnofant’s Kiss” – [Pfmentum]

Hemroid The Leader   9/16/2016   CD, Jazz

Born in St. Louis, Missouri and awarded a scholarship to attend the St. Louis School of Music, trombonist Michael Vlatkovich has lived in Los Angeles since 1973. His session resume includes films such as John Cassavettes’ Tempest.

Here, he leads a quartet in a creative improv setting. Jonathan Golove’s electric cello is alternately bowed and plucked, and along with David Mott’s baritone sax stands in for the bass. Chris Garcia on drums. Trombone, bari sax, and drum often conjure a second-line feel.

Cline, Nels – “Dirty Baby” – [Cryptogramophone]

Hemroid The Leader   8/21/2016   CD, Jazz


Conceived as a “trialogue” between the music of Nels Cline, paintings of Ed Ruscha and poems of David Breskin. This is the musical component to Dirty Baby, a multimedia work of music, poetry, and pictures performed at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. A deluxe monograph was published by DelMonico Books.
Two discs of instrumentals from two different nonets. A major work in the canon of Nels Cline, features brother Alex, Vinny Golia, Wayne Peet, Scott Amendola et al. CD1: Longer tunes. CD2: Shorter tracks, wildly eclectic, Funky Bluesy Thrashy, Great track names taken from Ed Ruscha paintings. Ambitious; the larger group gives Cline a lot of different possibilities.

Wyche, Daniel – “Our Severed Sleep” – [eh?]

Hemroid The Leader   8/9/2016   A Library, CD


Daniel Wyche – Guitar, Ryan Packard – Drums. Recorded in Chicago 2015. Two long tunes. Wyche’s drone-feedback LFO guitar ebbs & flows. Drummer Packard mixes noise and free jazz, shows good chops. Released by eh? records.

Chesky, David – “Agnostic, The” – [Chesky Records, Inc.]

Hemroid The Leader   8/9/2016   A Library, CD


David Chesky’s The Agnostic (1997) performed by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir with Alto, Bass, and Boy Alto soloists. Recorded March 2000 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Sacrilegious music. Libretto inspired by Beckett, Camus, Nietszche & others. An Agnostic believes things are essentially unknowable and that human knowledge is limited to experience. “My name is Todd and I am dead / … I’m but a child / … I question this God.” Lots of dynamic range in the recording.

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