Tattoos are an ancient ritual practiced around the world. Each culture has its own reasons for the practice, and many have unique ways to administer them. In this feature-length special, host Craig Reynolds travels to places as diverse as New Zealand, Japan, Hawaii, New York, and Los Angeles to experience firsthand what it’s like to get tattooed by traditional methods.
The subtitle "The Poet Sings" does not refer specifically to Pablo Neruda or to the Neruda poems set in this collection by the fine small American choir Conspirare. Instead, the designation comes from a series of concerts performed by the group in its home base of Austin, Texas, all of which will be devoted to settings of works by specific poets. As it happens, Neruda, whose poetry Conspirare has touched on before (on Threshold of Night, its Harmonia Mundi debut), makes an ideal subject for this experiment.
Keyboardist Craig Taborn’s Daylight Ghosts is his third ECM release as a leader, a quartet album following acclaimed solo and trio recordings. In addition to Taborn on piano and electronic keyboards and drummer Dave King, the quartet features two New York jazz luminaries, reed player Chris Speed and bassist Chris Lightcap. Each member draws from a broad artistic background, as informed by rock, electronica and diverse strains of world music as by the various permutations of jazz improvisation. Daylight Ghosts is animated by dynamism and spectral ambience, acoustic and electric sounds and groove and lingering melody.