Lessons On Beauty
One of my favorite recordings… A beautiful version of a beautiful song. The trumpet solos are some of the best ever recorded in all of jazz history, in my opinion. Compositionally, they are spectacular and the performance is perfect. The rest of band is playing plenty well, too. Really a great piece of music. The [...]
Garth Hudson is, in my opinion, the greatest living musician. While music can never be mastered, to say he is a master would be a perfectly acceptable colloquialism. Here he is playing an understated improvisation (a specialty of his). I’d like to describe just how good this man is but I’m at a loss for words.
Remember how I said that Ravel’s suite Le Tombeau de Couperin is the most beautiful piece of music I know of? Well, another suite (The Mother Goose Suite) is a close runner up. The following movement is my favorite. Like Le Tombeau de Couperin, there is an earlier piano version (in this case, for four [...]
William Billings (1746-1800)-early American composer. Very powerful and very beautiful, his work is sadly little known outside of acedemic circles.