Louis Armstrong singing spiritual-jazz anthem "The Creator Has a Masterplan" (and sounding great) is one of the more bizarre experiences on this neat compendium of black consciousness from the vaults of Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman label.
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Friday 20 July 2012
This relaxed port city is full of rhythm. Linda Cookson heard it ... all along the watchtower
Friday 09 March 2012
"The Hollywood sign may be unique among American icons," writes Leo Braudy at the start of this dazzlingly enjoyable exposition. "Its essence is almost entirely abstract."
Friday 09 December 2011
A sort of seasonal addendum to his Lupercalia album (Brumalia being the Roman festival of winter), this seven-track EP takes that album's homesick plea for fellowship, "Together", and gives it a festive slant by following it with "Time of Year", a like-minded song for absent friends at Christmas, especially the military.
Monday 08 August 2011
A collection celebrating the work of avant-garde spectacular John Cage goes on display on Saturday.
Friday 29 July 2011
Despite the title, this 43rd volume of Mode's John Cage Edition focuses more on his early experiments with radios, tape and turntables.
Friday 17 June 2011
The solo piano piece Music of Changes is one of John Cage's most exacting works, for performer and listener alike.
Sunday 08 May 2011
Burps, sighs and coughs. Hisses, purrs and groans. Giggles, barks, polyglot whispers and the chaste-sexy shreds of madrigals and motets cast a spell in Theatre of Voices's performance of "A-ronne".
Friday 22 April 2011
In Stories, Paul Hillier leads the vocal ensemble Theatre Of Voices through a challenging series of pieces by composers such as Luciano Berio, John Cage and Sheldon Frank that push the notion of narrative into more abstract realms.
Wednesday 10 November 2010
Friday 20 August 2010
This compilation of various John Cage pieces from the mid-20th century demonstrates just how restrictive broadcast experimentation has become: who now would countenance The City Wears A Slouch Hat, a Kenneth Patchen surreal radio play with accompanying musique concrète score by Cage, broadcast in the US in in 1942?
Friday 01 May 2009
John Cage's spoken-word pieces are not to everyone's taste, and the two-and-a-half-hour works featured here illustrate why.
Saturday 02 July 2005
Monday 02 May 2005
Wednesday 03 September 2003
Sunday 27 October 2002
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